Bachelor of 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 electrical engineering and communications 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
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Unspecified General Education Courses+
27.0
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
HU4645
Ethics+

This course introduces fundamentals of, and differences in, the morals and rules of conduct among individuals. Focus is on the identification and analysis of a variety of theoretical moral constructs and their application to individual and personal behavior. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent or SS3155 Research Methods or equivalent

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6.0
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
PY3150
Psychology

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioral, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, information gathering and analysis to practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
SS3155
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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6.0
Subtotal 57.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Core Courses**
45.0
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
ET4560
C++ Programming+

This course introduces concepts of object oriented programming and provides hands-on exercises in C++ programming. Areas of instruction include primitive data types, control structures, functions, pass-by-value, pass-by-reference, array, pointers, C-strings, recursion, class and objects, file input and output, operator overloading and inheritance. Prerequisite: ET2560 Introduction to C Programming 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
Subtotal 108.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Elective Courses+
18.0
Subtotal 18.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate Degree (Grand total)
183.0
Subtotal 183.0

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.

**Examples of the subject matter included in the Unspecified Core courses are as follows: basic electronics and devices; digital electronics, computer technology; and electronic systems. Courses offered at this school that may satisfy the Unspecified Core course requirement are ET1210, ET1220, ET1310, ET1410, ET2530, ET2560, ET2640, ET2750, NT1110 and NT1210. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog .

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.