Houston's Energy Corridor is the third largest employment center in the region. Nearly 800,000 employed persons and more than 43% of all Houston area architects and engineers live within a 30-minute commute zone of The Energy Corridor.
University of Texas at Tyler Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Tyler is partnering with Houston Community College to allow students to earn a bachelor of science degree in engineering at the UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center (HEC), located on the second floor of the HCC Alief-Hayes campus in Houston.
Through an engineering partnership with The University of Texas at Tyler, students have an opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in engineering - Mechanical, Electrical or Civil Engineering, that is conveniently located at the HCC Alief Campus, affordable – Less than $19,000 for a 4 year degree (in-district tuition), seamlessly aligned with the UTT curriculum, and UTT is ABET accredited.
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Texas A&M Engineering Academy
The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Houston Community College (HCC) is a new, innovative program that offers students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University the opportunity to co-enroll at HCC and the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, Engineering Academy students will have the unique opportunity to complete Texas A&M engineering courses during their two years at HCC in Houston.
At the end of two years, upon successful completion of the engineering academy at HCC with at least a 2.5 CGPA, students will apply to the college of engineering major of their choice. The remainder of the bachelor’s degree coursework would be completed in College Station.
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Degrees and Certificates
To be eligible for an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:
Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.
Additional Degree Requirements
A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.
- The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
- All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
- All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
- A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
- Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
- If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
- Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type. Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
- Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
- Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
- All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.
There are a number of engineering specialties including energy and power, mechanics, industry, chemical, transportation, computer, communication and biomedical.
- Upon completion of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering median salary in the Greater Houston Area is $54.00 hourly, $113,000 annually