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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Transfer up to
121 Credits
A median of 40 credits accepted
Credit for certifications and on-the-job expertise

Advance Your Job Skills with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering Technology

The fully online BS 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.

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Concentrations

Electronics, Nanotechnology, Power Systems

Fast Facts:

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


The average median salary for an electrical engineer is $97,970 (Source: BLS)


The unemployment rate is 3 times lower for those with a bachelor’s degree than for those without (Source: BLS)


124

credit hours

Online BS in Electrical Engineering Technology Program Details

Of the 124 credits required for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, 60 credits minimum are required in the arts and sciences component; 57 credits minimum are required in the electrical engineering technology component, with 16 credits at the upper level; and 7 credits are required in the free elective component, including information literacy.

  • Humanities: minimum of 15 credits
    • Ethics (minimum of 3 credits)
    • Communications
      • Written English Requirement (6 credits)
      • Credits to reach minimum of 9 credits
    • Humanities Electives (minimum of 3 credits)
  • Social Sciences/History: 9 credits minimum
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 24 credits minimum
    • Natural science (12 credits)
      • Physics I
      • Physics II
      • Chemistry I
      • Physics Lab
    • Math (12 credits)
      • Calculus I
      • Calculus II
      • Differential Equations
      • Additional credits at college-level
  • Arts and Sciences Electives: 12 credits

Core Electrical Engineering Technology Courses: 12 Credits

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, mesh and nodal analysis, inductance, capacitance, and magnetic circuits.

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.

Electronics I

Focusing on semiconductor devices, this lab course serves as an introduction to electronics. At the end of the course you 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 course places an emphasis on troubleshooting of test circuits, and analysis based on computer simulation.

Digital Electronics

This lab 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 course covers 8, 16, and 32-bit microprocessor technology and features. Learn the principles and applications of microprocessors and microprocessor based systems.

Object-Oriented Programming

Options for this requirement include the courses 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.

Integrated Technology Assessment (Capstone)

In this end-of-program course for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, students reflect on past academic and professional experiences to develop learning statements supported by evidence. Additionally, students are required to complete an online final examination.

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: 7 credits

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

Concentrations (Choose One): 15 Credits

The 15 credits for a concentration must include 9 upper-level credits and at least three 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.

  • Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • Basic Nanofabrication Process
  • Nanotechnology Process Equipment
  • Introduction to Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology
  • Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS)

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.

Select and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, engineering technology, and natural sciences, including physics, to solve problems in the electrical engineering technology area.


Demonstrate the ability to test, measure, and provide quantitative expressions of natural science phenomena through methodologies including experimentation, observation, and accurate measurement.


Apply the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to problem solving in electrical engineering technology areas


Make oral technical presentations in Standard English using graphics and language appropriate to the audience.


Demonstrate efficiency in the written and graphical communication of technical information supported by appropriate technical references using Standard English.


Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer usage, including knowledge of one or more computer languages or documentation of the use of one or more computer software packages for technical problem solving appropriate to the electrical engineering technology discipline.


Demonstrate technical competency in the core electrical engineering technologies, including electronics, circuit analysis, and digital systems, and in the student’s chosen concentration such as electronics, power systems, or nanotechnology.


Integrate knowledge of the functional areas of electrical engineering technology from a variety of resources.


Demonstrate the ability to analyze, apply design concepts, and implement systems as appropriate to electrical engineering technology and consider their societal and global impact.


Participate effectively in groups, as a member or leader, and apply project management techniques as appropriate to complete assignments.


Demonstrate understanding and commitment to professional, ethical, and social responsibilities, including the effects of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.


Demonstrate a commitment and ability to continue to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.


Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


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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

Working in an engineering field, [your degree program] being ABET-accredited is almost necessary. That was a key point for me.
Kevin Fealey
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

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/. ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Institutional Accreditation

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

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