CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is close to approving a graduate engineering program in robotics that would make the school a leader in the field.

The Daily Barometer reports that the program would be one of only five similar robotics programs in the country. If it clears all the necessary hurdles, it'd be offered for the first time this fall.

OSU has been building its robotics programs in recent years. School officials estimate the new program would give the school the third-largest robotics faculty in the U.S.

Coursework in the proposed program focuses on building machines that interact with and assist humans.

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