The bachelor of science degree program in engineering technology extends beyond the scope of the associate degree program to include additional emphasis on the theory, development, and application in the areas of electronics, computers, and mechanical systems. The three degree options in the program allow students to specialize in computer systems technology, electronic and computer engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology. Each program option adds depth to students’ understanding of mathematics, science, and communications. Students also develop their abilities to work as team members in industry-related design projects. Graduates work in many business and industrial settings. Career opportunities include product design and development, industrial automation, manufacturing systems, technical sales, and project management.
Students may continue their studies in computer systems technology beyond the associate degree level to obtain the bachelor of science degree. The baccalaureate degree typically requires two years of study beyond the associate degree.
Course work in the junior and senior years of the bachelor’s degree program provides additional depth of understanding of programming languages and applications, database systems, computer networking, and operating systems. Individual and group project assignments allow students to develop their technical expertise, as well as their appreciation for the ethical and responsible application of computer technology. Additional mathematics, science, and elective courses provide a strong background with which graduates are prepared for many diverse occupations in business and industry.
Bachelor’s degree requirements (120 credit hours)
Required for graduation (62 hours associate degree + 58 additional hours)
The computer systems technology curriculum places strong emphasis on the areas of programming, networking, computer hardware, and commercial software. The curriculum’s technical elective block provides the opportunity to select courses in a wide range of computer technology topics. The curriculum emphasizes program design skills to develop fundamental problem solving in multiple computer programming languages. Practical computer applications are developed using structured design and programming methodologies. Networking and related classes emphasize application and implementation of current technology. Class assignments and a significant amount of laboratory work prepare students for real-life projects.