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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (ECET)

This major prepares graduates for careers in such varied areas as electronics, microprocessors, computer hardware and software, communications, instrumentation and control, and power. The major consists of two options, one in Electrical Engineering Technology, the other in Computer Engineering Technology. Both options provide education in applied mathematics, physics, electrical and electronic circuit analysis and design, microprocessors, instrumentation and quality control. The Electrical Engineering Technology option provides specialty education in control theory, communication systems, and power systems. The Computer Engineering Technology option provides specialty education in software development, embedded computer systems, and networking. Both options in the major culminate with a capstone design project involving an actual design or manufacturing problem, often sponsored by industry. Graduates may qualify as engineering technologists working side-by-side with engineers, scientists, and other skilled workers in these capacities. Occupations include electrical and electronic systems design, microprocessor applications, instrumentation and control, computer programming, electrical testing, plant engineering, quality control, management, and technical sales and service.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
To be eligible for entrance to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed MATH 081 or MATH 026, and MATH 082 or MATH 022, and MATH 083 or MATH 140, and PHYS 250, and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, a minimum of 128 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in PRESCRIBED COURSES course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 107 credits
(This includes 24 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses; and 3 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 89 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (57 credits)
CMPET 005(1), CMPET 117(3)[1], CMPET 120(1), CMPET 211(3), EET 101(3), EET 109(1), EET 114(4)[1], EET 118(1)[1], EET 212W(4), EET 214(3), EET 215(1) (Sem: 1-4)
CAS 100 GWS(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 210 GQ(3), MATH 211 GQ(3) (Sem: 4-6)
EET 280(1) (Sem: 4-8)
CMPET 301(3)[1], CMPET 355(3)[1], EET 315(3)[1], EET 341(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
MGMT 409(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
EET 480(1)[1], EET 490W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (32 credits)
EET 002S(1) or ET 002(1) (Sem: 1-4)
EG T 101(1) and EG T 102(1) or EG T 119(2) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 026 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 081 GQ(3)[1], MATH 022 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 082 GQ(3)[1], MATH 083 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], and 2 credits of science GN(2) or PHYS 150 GN(3)[1], PHYS 151 GN(3)[1], and 4 credits of science GN(4), EET 450(3) or Q C 450(3) (Sem: 5-8)
EET 275(3) or EET 220(2) and 1 credit in 200 level or higher of technical electives from school-approved list (Sem: 4-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY OPTION: (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
EET 330(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
EET 416(3)[1], EET 440(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)[1]
Select 9 credits of technical electives at the 300 or 400 level from school-approved list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 7-8)

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY OPTION: (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CMPET 333(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
CMPET 456(3)[1], CMPET 457(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)[1]
Select 9 credits of technical electives at the 300 or 400 level from school-approved list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-02-010

Review Date: 10/08/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06

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