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students working on computersThe computer engineering program at the University of Central Oklahoma is a new program that was introduced in fall 2021. It is jointly managed by the School of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

Computer engineering combines elements of electrical engineering and computer engineering. Computer engineers focus on the design and development of computer hardware and software. Their work extends from working with small microprocessors to large supercomputers. Computer engineers are employed in nearly all of today’s industries, but particularly in high-tech firms that rely on microprocessor controllers. Students majoring in computer engineering at UCO can focus on one of three areas of concentration: cybersecurity engineering, the internet of things and control systems.

Following the accreditation guidelines of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the computer engineering program will be submitted for its initial accreditation one year after it produces its first graduate. The program, courses and students are currently being monitored and assessed using the same procedures that are currently in place for UCO’s six other ABET-accredited engineering and computer science programs.

General inquiries about the Bachelor of Science in computer engineering program may be directed toward the computer engineering Director, Nesreen Alsbou, Ph.D.


The Bachelor of Science degree program in computer engineering is an interdisciplinary program that uniquely blends the design and development of both computer hardware and software to prepare students for careers in the fast-growing field of computer engineering. Dedicated faculty members guide student learning through small classes, hands-on experiences using modern equipment, excellent laboratory facilities and opportunities to participate in undergraduate research. Students in computer engineering are able to specialize in one of three career-specific tracks: computer control systems; cybersecurity engineering; or, the internet of things (IoT).

Students in computer engineering primarily work directly as engineers in the industry, while some choose to attend graduate school in computer engineering.

Degree Sheet

Computer Engineering Flowchart


Computer Engineering Program Educational Objectives

A Program Educational Objectives are the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first several years following graduation from the program.

  1. Graduates of UCO’s computer engineering program practice computer engineering excellence in industrial, government or service fields.
  2. Graduates of UCO’s computer engineering program participate as members and project leaders on multidisciplinary teams in diverse workplaces and communities.
  3. Graduates of UCO’s computer engineering program pursue advanced education, research and development in engineering, scientific, or health-related fields.
Mapping of Students Outcomes (SO) to Program Educational Objectives (PEO) for the computer engineering program.

Career Opportunities:

  • Research and development;
  • Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing;
  • Computer and embedded systems design;
  • Systems operations;
  • Management;
  • Teaching;
  • Consulting;
  • Sales and marketing;
  • Cybersecurity engineer; and,
  • Robotics.

Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

Incoming freshmen are eligible for a variety of scholarships within the general academic scholarship program. There are multiple scholarships specific to the UCO College of Mathematics and Science. 

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Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the faculty in the School of Engineering and the faculty in the Department of Computer Science.