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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Electrical Engineering and Communications Technology

This program exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in entry-level positions in electrical engineering and communications technology. Students will be exposed to a variety of basic electronics and computer principles and technical skills in both theory and practical application in a laboratory environment. Students explore various topics in electrical circuitry, testing, systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance and report preparation.

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level electronics and computer technology fields.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving electronics and communications engineering technology.

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: standard electronics test equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators and spectrum analyzers, cabling tools and test instruments and circuit and system simulation software. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 30 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
AR4540
Visual Arts+

This course introduces art and architecture forms and the historical and cultural foundations of the modern and contemporary periods, and the post-modern global art movement. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent or SS3155 Research Methods or equivalent

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4.5
CO2520
Communications+

The course focuses on the history, principles and techniques of interpersonal, organizational and mass communications, and on communicating using written, verbal and visual formats. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
EN1320
Composition I+

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4.5
EN1420
Composition II+

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with additional emphasis in rhetorical structures, argumentation, and research. Presenting strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques is also included. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
EN3220
Written Analysis+

This course introduces theories and principles of critical and creative thinking with the goal of analysis and production of comprehensive written documents. Focus is on critically evaluating ideas and arguments. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, SS3150 Research Methods or equivalent

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4.5
HU4646
Contemporary Moral Issues+

This course introduces fundamentals of ethics. Focus is on the identification and analysis of a variety of theoretical moral constructs and their application to individual and personal behavior. Students apply rules of ethics to moral problems faced by individuals in contemporary culture. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent

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3.0
MA1210
College Mathematics I+

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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4.5
MA1310
College Mathematics II+

This course will include the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
MA3310
Calculus I+

This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives and both definite and indefinite integrals. Prerequisite: MA1310 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4.5
MA3410
Calculus II+

A continuation of Calculus I, this course introduces methods of integration, partial derivatives and double integration, integration and differentiation of the trigonometric and logarithmic functions, series and progressions, the Laplace transform, and differential equations. Prerequisite: MA3310 Calculus I or equivalent

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4.5
PH2530
Physics+

This course introduces students to the principles of general physics. Practical applications demonstrate the theory. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MA1310 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4.5
PY3155
Fundamentals of Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories related to the human mind and human behavior. The course involves critical thinking, observation, information gathering and analysis in the practice of social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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3.0
SC4735
Environmental Science+

This course explores issues in environmental science using an integrative approach against a political, geographic, cultural and economic backdrop. Through hands-on and virtual labs and applied problem sets, students will study the impact humans have on the environment and the costs and benefits of mitigating the impact. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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5.5
SP2750
Group Theory+

This course is an overview of the theory related to groups of people bonded by task or culture. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process theory, including social exchange theory, structuration theory, functional theory, group ethics, diversity and related communication conflicts, group decision-making, creativity, leadership and gender. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
SS3150
Research Methods+

This course introduces a step-by-step approach to conducting research. Topics include scientific reasoning, applying critical thinking principles to assess validity and reliability in research, and production of research-based documents. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, MA3110 Statistics or equivalent or MA3310 Calculus I or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 65.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
ET1210
DC-AC Electronics+

This course examines properties and operations of electronics systems and circuits. Topics include types of circuits, electromagnetism, frequency, capacitance, transformers and voltage. Students apply electronics laws to solve circuit problems. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
ET1220
Digital Fundamentals+

In this course, students examine the differences between analog and digital signals. Topics include transmission methods, binary data, logic operations, logic circuits, logic symbols, registers and counters. Prerequisite: ET1210 DC-AC Electronics or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
ET1310
Solid State Devices+

In this course, students study a variety of electronic devices, such as semiconductors, diodes, transistors and amplifiers. Bias circuits and methods and switching applications are discussed. Students analyze circuits and troubleshoot a power supply. Prerequisite: ET1210 DC-AC Electronics or equivalent

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4.5
ET1410
Integrated Circuits+

This course explores principles of operational amplifier circuits (op-amps), AC and DC parameters and applications for power amplifiers, feedback, oscillation and line and load regulation. Students analyze and troubleshoot op-amp circuits. Prerequisite: ET1310 Solid State Devices or equivalent

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4.5
ET2530
Electronic Communications+

In this course, students explore topics of electronic communications, such as the electromagnetic frequency spectrum, frequency bands, modulation, digital data, antennas, transmission lines and loads, government services and fiber optics. Exercises include diagramming modern transmitter and receiver components, plotting impedances, and making line and load conversions. Prerequisites: ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent, ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, MA1310 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4.5
ET2560
Introduction to C Programming+

This course is designed to help students understand the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer programming and practical skills used in designing, writing and debugging simple computer programs in C. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

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4.5
ET2640
Microprocessors and Microcontrollers+

This course examines the creation, assembly, features, function, programming and product applications of contemporary microprocessors and microcontrollers. Students perform exercises in planning, designing, implementing and debugging functional microcontrollers. Prerequisites: ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent, ET2560 Introduction to C Programming or equivalent

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4.5
ET2750
Programmable Logic Controllers+

In this course, students study components, operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of programmable logic controllers (PLC). Topics include I/O addressing, ladder schematics, scan sequence, sensors, actuators, controls, data manipulation methods, timers and counters, sequencers and shift-registers. Students have a PLC project in this course. Prerequisites: ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent

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4.5
ET2799
Electrical Engineering Technology Capstone Project+

Final capstone project with fundamental review provides students with a design experience and integration of knowledge in electronics and computers gained in previous coursework, as well as a means to practice problem solving and teamwork, project management, technical writing skills and project presentation skills. Prerequisites: Must be taken during the student's final quarter of study, and requires prior satisfactory completion of ET2640 Microprocessors and Microcontrollers or equivalent

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4.5
ET3110
Networking and Communications+

This course explores concepts of data communications and networking. Topics include basic data communications networks and systems, local area networks, internetworks and the Internet. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

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4.5
ET3150
Automatic Industrial Control+

This course examines process control technology. Topics include analog and digital signal conditioning, sensors, final control operation, discrete-state process control, digital control and controllers. Prerequisites: ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent

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4.5
ET3220
Mobile Wireless Technology+

This course introduces mobile technology and wireless communications and their practical applications. Topics include wireless communications systems, mobile devices and mobile networking. Prerequisite: ET3110 Networking and Communications or equivalent

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4.5
ET3280
Electrical Machines and Energy Conversion+

In this course, students study concepts of basic energy conversion and physical phenomena in electrical machine operation. Topics include magnetic materials and circuits, motors, generators, transformers and induction machines, synchronous machines and alternators. Prerequisites: ET1210 DC-AC Electronics or equivalent, PH2530 Physics or equivalent

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4.5
ET3330
Telecommunications Systems and Technology+

This course explores concepts and applications of telecommunications systems and technology. Emphasis is on technical aspects of digital communications systems with digital signal processing, transmission, reception, storage and retrieval of information. Prerequisite: ET2530 Electronic Communications or equivalent

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4.5
ET3380
Power Electronics+

This course introduces principles and applications of power electronics. Topics include electric power conversion, conditioning and control, power devices and switches, switching techniques, rectifiers, converters and inverters, and switching power supplies. Prerequisites: ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent, ET3280 Electrical Machines and Energy Conversion or equivalent

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4.5
ET3430
Fiber Optic Communications+

This course explores concepts of fiber optic communication systems. Topics include light sources, optical fibers and their properties, optical amplifiers, optical transmitters and receivers, communications systems and optical networks. Prerequisite: ET3330 Telecommunications Systems and Technology or equivalent

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4.5
ET3480
Power Systems+

In this course, students study energy conversion, elements and the structure and operation of electric power systems. Topics include generators, transformers, load flow and power distribution, and the operation and analysis of power systems. Prerequisite: ET3380 Power Electronics or equivalent

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4.5
ET4580
Green Energy Technology+

This course explores concepts and applications of renewable energy technology. Topics include types of renewable energy technology, such as wind energy, solar power, hydro-electric energy, bio-energy, tidal power, wave energy, geothermal energy, ocean thermal power and fuel cells. Prerequisite: ET3480 Power Systems or equivalent

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4.5
ET4640
Embedded Systems+

This course examines microcontrollers and their applications in embedded systems. Emphasis is on effective programming, interfacing and implementing a microcontroller. Prerequisites: ET2560 Introduction to C Programming or equivalent, ET2640 Microprocessors and Microcontrollers or equivalent

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4.5
ET4671
Electronic Circuit Analysis+

This course involves methods of analysis for analog circuits. Topics include transient and steady-state analysis of circuit response using techniques such as differential equations, Laplace transforms and computer-aided circuit simulation programs, transfer functions and Fourier techniques. Prerequisites: ET1220 Digital Fundamentals or equivalent, ET1410 Integrated Circuits or equivalent, MA3410 Calculus II or equivalent

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4.5
ET4771
Electronic Circuit Design+

This course examines the design of electronic circuits, and includes a laboratory that utilizes computer-aided software tools for circuit design and simulation. Topics include active filters, time and frequency analysis, and modeling and simulations. Prerequisite: ET4671 Electronic Circuit Analysis or equivalent

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4.5
ET4799
Electrical Engineering and Communications Technology Capstone Project+

This is a project course in which students solve a technical problem that is designed to combine elements of courses in the program. The instructor must approve the scope and depth of the student's project and acts as a resource for the student during the execution of the project. A formal written document and presentation are required. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 171 credits earned in the program of study

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4.5
NT1110
Computer Structure and Logic+

The organization of a computer is examined in a typical operating systems environment. Terminology and underlying principles related to major computer functions are discussed in the context of hardware and software environments.

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4.5
NT1210
Introduction to Networking+

This course serves as a foundation for the study of computer networking technologies. Concepts in data communications, such as signaling, coding and decoding, multiplexing, circuit switching and packet switching, OSI and TCP/IP models, LAN/WAN protocols, network devices and their functions, topologies and capabilities are discussed. Industry standards and the development of networking technologies are surveyed in conjunction with a basic awareness of software and hardware components used in typical networking and internetworking environments. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 108.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
GS1140
Problem Solving Theory+

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

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4.5
GS1145
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

This course reviews characteristic and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4.5
Subtotal 9.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate Degree (Grand total)
182.5
Subtotal 182.5

Notes

+In this program, this(these) course(s) may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

*General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. The Unspecified General Education courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

This course is eligible for the President's Scholarship. Refer to the Institutional Scholarships section of this catalog for further information.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.