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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

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117 Credits
A median of 40 credits accepted
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Online BS in Electrical Engineering Technology

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program prepares you for electrical and allied engineering technology positions in technology-related industries such as electronics, electrical power, semiconductors and computers, and nanotechnology.

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, the online program is designed specifically to advance job skills by ensuring a breadth of knowledge in technology concepts as well as a depth of understanding and skill in a chosen concentration area. Choose from three technical concentrations to gain a broad professional and technical foundation in a component of electrical engineering technology, so that you are prepared to apply what you have learned to a position in a technology-based industry.

Concentrations

Electronics, Nanotechnology, Power Systems

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Electrical Engineers work in research and development, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the federal government (Source: BLS)


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124

credit hours

Online BS in Electrical Engineering Technology Program Details

124 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology.

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Humanities
    • Ethics
    • Communications
      • Written English Requirement
      • Other credits to reach minimum
    • Humanities Electives
  • Social Sciences/History
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Natural science
      • Physics I
      • Physics II
      • Chemistry I
      • Physics Lab
    • Math
      • Calculus I
      • Calculus II
      • Differential Equations
      • Additional credits at college-level
  • Arts and Sciences Electives

Core Electrical Engineering Technology Courses

Circuit Theory I

This 4-credit course arms students with the basic knowledge of circuits needed to compete in the industry. Topics covered include: current, voltage, resistance, Ohm’s Law, work and power, series and parallel resistances, resistance networks, Kirchhoff’s law, network theorems (Norton’s, Thevenin’s, and superposition theorems), mesh and nodal analysis, inductance, capacitance, and magnetic circuits. The course contains simulator-based laboratory learning activities.

Circuit Theory II

Including a lab component, this course builds on the foundational knowledge learned in Circuit Theory I, a prerequisite, through the learning of principles and applications of alternating current circuits. Topics covered include RC and LC transient response, the sine wave, reactance, complex algebra and phasors, impedance, Kirchhoff’s Law and network theorems (Norton’s, Thevenin’s, and superposition) in AC circuits, power in AC circuits, series and parallel impedances, impedance networks, filters, and resonance. The topic of engineering and technology standards is also discussed.

Electronics I

Focusing on semiconductor devices, this course, which includes a lab, serves as an introduction to electronics. Topics include PN-junction diodes, bipolar junction transistors (BJT), field-effect transistors (FETs), and Metal-Oxide Semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET), At the end of the course students will be able to perform the analysis of DC transistors biasing, small-signal single and multi-stage amplifiers using BJTs, FETs, and MOSFETs, and frequency response of transistor single and multi-stage amplifiers.

Electronics II

Building on the foundations of Electronics I, a prerequisite for this course, this lab-containing course places an emphasis on troubleshooting of test circuits, and analysis based on computer simulation. Topics include differential amplifiers, stage gain in decibels, input and output impedances, linear IC operational amplifiers, frequency response, Bode plots, active filters, D/A and A/D circuits, oscillators and high frequency amplifiers.

Digital Electronics

This lab-containing course will teach students the principles and applications of digital circuits. Topics include number systems, binary arithmetic, logic gates and Boolean algebra, logic families, combinational and synchronous logic circuit design, logic minimization techniques (Karnaugh maps, Quine-McCluskey), counters, shift registers, encoders and decoders, multiplexors and demultiplexors, and interfacing.

Microprocessors

This lab-containing course covers 8, 16, and 32-bit microprocessor technology and features. Learn the principles and applications of microprocessors, including hardware and software, interfacing, assembly language programming, and microprocessor-based systems.

Computer Programming

Options for this requirement include the courses on Object-Oriented Programming, which covers problem solving and algorithm development using Java, or Introduction to Programming, which introduces programming in C++.

Project Management

Students study the skills required of a project manager and learn the methodologies, tools, and processes for success in planning and managing project scope, schedules, costs, quality, risks, communications, purchases, human resources, and stakeholders. Project management techniques learned in this course are applied in project-based learning activities in the electrical engineering technology courses, including the capstone.

Integrated Technology Assessment (Capstone)

This is the required capstone course for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, In this end-of-program course, students reflect on past academic and professional experiences to develop learning statements supported by evidence related to the Electrical Engineering Technology degree outcomes, culminating in the Integrated Technology Assessment portfolio. Additionally, students are required to complete an online final examination designed to assess the basic knowledge and understanding achieved in electrical engineering technology. This examination is administered in Module 2 through Module 7.

Finally, students are required to undertake a hardware-based capstone project that is spread through all the course modules. Through this capstone project, students demonstrate integrated learning experience and the outcomes of this degree program.

Lab Requirement:

Students must complete at least eight laboratories:

  • Four labs from the core area: AC Circuits, DC Circuit, Digital Electronics, Electronics I, Electronics II, Microprocessors
  • One physics lab in the natural sciences/mathematics area
  • Three labs in the area of concentration

Free Elective Component

  • Information Literacy: 1 credit
  • Additional credits to reach 7 credits

Concentrations (Choose One)

The 15 credits for a concentration must include 9 upper-level credits and at least 3 courses with labs.

Electronics

Gain foundational knowledge of electronics hardware and software and become equipped to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing technology environment. This concentration focuses on the analysis, design, assembly, testing, upgrading, and maintenance of electronics, computers, and communications hardware, so that students are prepared for various positions in the field.

  • Electronic Communications
  • Advanced Digital Electronics
  • Data Communications
  • Control Systems
  • Microprocessors II

Nanotechnology

Prepare for positions in micro- and nano-electronics R&D and manufacturing, nano-materials, and nano-medicine technology by taking courses related to nanotechnology processes, equipment, and hardware. This concentration addresses the analysis, design, assembly, testing, upgrading, and maintenance of nanotechnology processes and equipment, developing highly functional nano-materials, and grasping/shaping societal implications of nanotechnology.

  • Nano-science and Nanotechnology in Electrical Engineering
  • Introduction to Microchip Fabrication
  • Advanced Nano-electronics Devices and Technologies
  • Tools and Processes for Nano Electronics & Materials Manufacturing
  • Micro/Nano Sensors for Robotics

Power Systems

Stay up-to-date with the rapidly modernizing power electronics and power systems technology environment with this concentration centered on the analysis, design, assembly, testing, upgrading, and maintenance of DC/AC power conversion systems, electric power generation and distribution, and power control technologies. The concentration also emphasizes the analysis, design, development, operation, and troubleshooting of single phase and three-phase electric motors and electric machines, data acquisition, and instrumentation.

  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Generation and Transmission of Electric Power
  • Power Electronics
  • Electrical Machines/Energy Conversion
  • Instrumentation and Data
  • Apply general and discipline-specific concepts and methodologies to identify, analyze, and solve technical problems in the electrical discipline.
  • Demonstrate an individual desire and commitment to remain technically current with, and adaptive to, changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement.
  • Demonstrate independent thinking, function effectively in team-oriented settings, and maintain a high level of performance in a professional/industrial environment.
  • Communicate effectively in a professional/industrial environment.
  • Perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.
  • Demonstrate and utilize leadership principles in the field of electrical engineering technology.

Apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the electrical engineering technology discipline.


Demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the electrical engineering technology discipline.


Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly defined technical and non-technical environments; and be able to identify and use appropriate technical literature.


Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and be able to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.


Function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams, and apply project management techniques in team project activities.


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Common Careers with an
Online BS in Electrical Engineering Technology

Circuit Design Engineer

Hardware Technician

HVDC Maintenance Engineer

Instrumentation Engineer

Semiconductor/Nano-electronics Manufacturing Engineer

Software Developer

Kevin Fealey
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
2014

Working in an engineering field, [your degree program] being ABET-accredited is almost necessary. That was a key point for me.

Recognitions & Accreditations

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ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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