TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced Tuesday it will offer a new bachelor of science in computer engineering degree to be launched in the fall 2023 semester.

The program is set to be housed within the university’s college of engineering after it was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

“The new computer engineering program will create tremendous opportunities for students to prepare for careers in a rapidly changing, high-tech field and to contribute to an evolving and highly specialized workforce,” Hassan El-Kinshky, Ph.D., department of electrical engineering chair said. “We are very excited about the opportunities the new program will bring to the region and state.”

According to the university, computer engineering is a branch of electrical engineering that combines the field with computer science.

The degree is meant to provide students with hardware and software skills needed for the design, development and optimal operation of secure computer systems and related technology. Courses will be taught at the Tyler campus and UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center in Houston.

UT Tyler will seek program accreditation by the accreditation board upon the graduation of its first cohort, according to the university.