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Electrical Engineering Technology bachelor of science degree

James Lee, Acting Department Chair
585-475-2899, jhleme@rit.edu

Jeanne Christman, Associate Department Chair
585-475-6609, jxciee@rit.edu

Program overview

The electrical engineering technology major is designed to meet industry’s ever-increasing need for engineers with an in-depth understanding of electrical and electronics theory. The major provides students with the ability to specialize in specific areas of the discipline. Graduates work in engineering roles in a variety of industries including automotive, medical devices, power and energy, audio, telecommunications, and more.

Core courses are introduced in the first year of study to provide students with a solid foundation in circuits, analog and digital electronics, calculus, computer programming and the liberal arts. The curriculum expands in later years to feature advanced study in applied differential equations, advanced circuits and electronics, transform methods, control systems, analog and digital electronics, mechanical engineering technology, and additional liberal arts courses. Elective courses enable students to choose from a wide range of course options to further enhance their program of study and prepare them to archive their career goals. The upper division of the major provides a viable option for students who have already completed their associate degree and wish to pursue a bachelor of science.

Plan of study

A solid foundation in math, science, and the liberal arts, coupled with specialization in students’ particular areas of interest prepares graduates to immediately enter the work force as design engineers or pursue advanced degrees. Electrical engineering technology majors will gain in-depth knowledge and a breadth of experience that inspire them to pursue successful careers in their chosen professional field and embark on a path of lifelong learning.

Options

Students who wish to specialize in a particular area of industry, or those who desire to pursue a personal interest, may elect to use electives to complete a four-course option in audio or telecommunications.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Accreditation

The electrical engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Electrical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-111 Pre-Calculus 3
EEET-111 DC Circuits 3
EEET-112 DC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-141 Digital Fundamentals 2
CPET-142 Digital Fundamentals Lab 1
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Calculus A 3
EEET-121 AC Circuits 3
EEET-122 AC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-121 Computational Problem Solving I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  First Year Writing 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B 3
EEET-211 Electronics I 3
EEET-212 Electronics I Lab 1
CPET-233 Digital Systems Design 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): College Physics I 4
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
EEET-221 Electronics II 2
EEET-222 Electronics II Lab 1
CPET-251 Microcontroller Systems 3
CPET-252 Microcontroller Systems Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 4
Third Year
EEET-241 Electrical Machines and Transformers 2
EEET-242 Electrical Machines and Transformers Lab 1
EEET-331 Signals, Systems and Transforms 3
EEET-332 Signals, Systems and Transforms Lab 1
EEET-313 Communication Electronics 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
EEET-299 Career Orientation 1
EEET-499 Cooperative Education (spring, summer) Co-op
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
EEET-425 Digital Signal Processing (WI) 4
EEET-421 Design Thinking and Innovation 2
EEET-422 Design Thinking and Innovation Lab 1
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
EEET-427 Control Systems 4
EEET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
  LAS Elective 3
  Technical Electives 6
  Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technology Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Fifth Year
EEET-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
EEET-433 Transmission Lines 3
  LAS Electives 4
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Options

Students may choose to use their two technical electives and two free electives to complete an option in audio or telecommunications.

Audio
EEET-261 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering
EEET-361 Modern Audio Production
Choose two of the following:
   CPET-421    Applied Audio Programming
   EEET-451    3D Audio Theory and Practice
   EEET-461    Introduction to Acoustics
   EEET-561    Audio Power Amplifier
Telecommunications
CPET-481 Network Technologies
EEET-313 Communication Electronics
EEET-525 Wireless RF Systems
EEET-531 Fiber Optics Technology

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

SAT (EBRW+M)
1190 -1350

ACT Composite
25-31

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Electrical technology, electronic technology, engineering science

Additional information

Careers

Students are well-prepared to pursue careers in a number of fields related to electrical engineering technology. They may enter positions in not only design and development but related disciplines, including manufacturing, research, sales and marketing, applications engineering, and education. Many of our students also choose to pursue graduate degrees.




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology provides students with a foundation in circuits, analog and digital electronics, physics, calculus, and the liberal arts. The third and fourth years expand on the fundamental courses with more advanced course work in applied differential equations, advanced circuits and electronics, transform methods, control systems, analog and digital electronics, mechanical engineering technology, and additional liberal arts courses. Students choose free electives or mechanical/manufacturing and professional electives to round out the program. Professional electives include sequences in electric power systems, electronic communications, embedded systems, telecommunications, networking, and optics. Several electives also are available from other technical disciplines, and the student’s academic adviser can assist in determining the best choices for career goals and objectives. The upper division of the program provides a viable option for students who have completed their associate degree and wish to continue their education in engineering technology.

Cooperative education

The degree is a five-year program that includes a year of cooperative education experience for full-time students. Students are required to complete five quarters of co-op and may begin their co-op experiences in the third year. Co-ops may be completed during the academic year and during the summer. A co-op adviser is assigned to each student to assist them in identifying and applying to opportunities.

Accreditation

The electrical engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Electrical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0618-213 ExCiTe Introduction to ECT ET 4
0609-214, 215, 216 Circuit Theory I, II, III 12
1016-261, 262 Calculus with Foundations I, II 8
0609-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment I, II  2
  Liberal Arts* 12
0618-231 Technical Programming I 4
1017-211 College Physics I 4
0618-301 Digital Fundamentals 4
1016-272 Calculus B 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0609-360, 361, 362 Electronics I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 12
0609-337 Machines and Transformers 4
1017- 212, 213 College Physics II, III 8
1016-273 Calculus C 4
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
  Wellness Education† 0
0618-303 Microcomputers 4
Third Year
0618-438 Digital Systems Design I 4
0609-363 Electronics IV 4
  Technical Elective 4
1016-304 Differential Equations for Engineering Technology 4
0535-501 Public Speaking 4
0609-407 Career Orientation 1
0502-444 Technical Writing 4
0618-439 Electronic Design Automation 4
0609-333 Concepts in Systems and Signals 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
  Free Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
0609-547 Digital Signal Processing 4
0609-403 Advanced Circuit Theory 4
  Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering Technology Elective 4
0609-442 Advanced Electronics 4
0609-408 Transmission Lines 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0609-404 Control Systems I 4
0614-440 Ethics, Economics and Planning for Engineers 4
  Professional Electives 8
  Free Electives 8
  Liberal Arts* 4
  General Education Elective 2
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 197

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Electrical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus A 3
EEET-111 DC Circuits 3
EEET-112 DC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-141 Digital Fundamentals 2
CPET-142 Digital Fundamentals Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus B 3
EEET-121 AC Circuits 3
EEET-122 AC Circuits Lab 1
CPET-121 Computational Problem Solving I 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MATH-173 Calculus C 3
EEET-211 Electronics I 3
EEET-212 Electronics I Lab 1
CPET-201 Microcontroller Systems 2
CPET-202 Microcontroller Systems Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I  3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
EEET-221 Electronics II 2
EEET-222 Electronics II Lab 1
CPET-241 Digital System Design 3
CPET-242 Digital System Design Lab 1
EEET-241 Electrical Machines and Transformers 2
EEET-242 Electrical Machines and Transformers Lab 1
Third Year
PHYS-111 LAS Prespective 6: College Physics I 4
EEET-321 Signals, Systems and Transforms 4
EEET-311 Communications Electronics 2
EEET-312 Communications Electronics Lab 1
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
EEET-299 Career Orientation 0
EEET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
EEET-425 Digital Signal Processing 4
EEET-421 Design and Innovation (WI) 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Technical Elective or Program Option 6
  General Education Elective 3
MFET-436 Engineering Economics 3
EEET-427 Control Systems 4
  Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering Technology Elective 3
EEET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0609-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
EEET-431 Transmission Lines 2
EEET-432 Transmission Lines Lab 1
  General Education Elective 4
  Free Elective or Program Option 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 127

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Professional electives*

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
Power systems
0609-550 Power Systems I  
0609-552 Power Systems II  
Communication systems
0609-534 Communication Systems I  
0614-520 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology  
Embedded systems  
0618-561 Embedded System Design I  
0618-562 Embedded System Design II  
Telecommunications  
0614-561 Network Engineering  
0614-562 Network Engineering Lab  
0614-574 Networking Planning and Design  

* Some courses may require prerequisites. Students should consult their adacemic adviser when planning course selection.

Program options* (semesters)

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Telecommunications
EEET-311 Communications Electronics  
EEET-312 Communications Electronics and Lab  
CPET-481 Networking Technologies  
EEET-525 Wireless RF Systems  
EEET-531 Fiber Optics Technology  
Audio
EEET-261 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering  
EEET-361 Modern Audio Production  
EEET-461 Introduction to Accoutics  
EEET-561 Audio Power Amplifier  

* Students choose one program option.

Additional information

Graduates

Graduates of the program are well-prepared to pursue careers in a number of fields related to electrical engineering technology. They enter not only design and development but related disciplines, including manufacturing, research, sales and marketing, applications engineering, and education.