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Computer Science, Software Engineering Degrees Receive ABET Accreditation

September 28, 2004

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has announced its accreditation of two degree programs offered by The University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering began offering the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) degree in the spring of 2001. Since that time, 11 students have graduated with the BSCS degree and 72 are currently enrolled in the program. The BSCS programs differs from the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (BSCSE) degree by placing more emphasis on computer architecture, programming languages and software system design.

The Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (BSSE) program was first offered in the fall of 2001, making UTA one of only a handful of universities in the nation with an undergraduate software engineering program. Since that time, seven students have graduated with the BSSE degree and 44 are currently enrolled in the program. The BSSE differs from BSCSE degree by changes in mathematics and science requirements and a shift in the hardware/software balance.

The College of Engineering has offered computer science degrees since the early 1970s, starting with a master’s level program. A Ph.D. program started a few years later and the first bachelor’s level degrees were offered in 1978. A separate Computer Science and Engineering Department was established in 1980. Its undergraduate program received the state’s first undergraduate accreditation in the field of computing by ABET in 1983.

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