Engineering Technology Exploration

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Spend up to a year exploring RIT's portfolio of engineering technology programs before you declare a major.


If you are passionate about engineering, science, technology, or manufacturing but aren’t ready to commit to a specific major, the engineering technology exploration option will give you an opportunity to explore your interests. Throughout your first year, you’ll take foundation courses that will introduce you to multiple areas of the engineering core, allowing time to sample some of the foundational courses in a variety of programs. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of each engineering technology major, enabling you to identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations. Ultimately, you’ll gain a better understanding of the career path you want to pursue.

Students interested in the fields of engineering technology or packaging science should consider the engineering technology exploration option. Students spend up to one year exploring these majors while earning course credit that can be applied to any of the programs.

Plan of study

During the first semester, students complete basic technical skills courses in the electrical, computer, civil, packaging science, or mechanical disciplines. They also participate in Engineering Technology Exploration Seminar (ENGT-110), a course that explores the unique characteristics of each engineering technology, and packaging science discipline. After the first semester, students are expected to select a major or begin focusing their studies on a particular discipline (e.g.: civil, computer, electrical, electrical mechanical, environmental management and safety, mechanical, manufacturing, or packaging science). Students in the exploration option will take courses at different times than the students who declared their major in their first year. However, in most cases, students will begin their third year on track with other students in their major.


  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Health Care

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Manufacturing

  • Utilities and Renewable Energy

Curriculum for Engineering Technology Exploration

Engineering technology exploration, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Fall Semester
Engineering Technology Exploration Seminar
This seminar course is designed to introduce students to the technical disciplines in the School of Engineering Technology. Students will learn about the various programs through informational sessions led by faculty from the various programs, tours, presentations by current students and alumni, and assignments developed to assist the students with exploring the different career options. Assignments will be completed both individually and in small teams. Students will be required to demonstrate oral and written communication skills. Lec/Lab 2 (Fall).
DC Circuits
Develops the skills to analyze and design practical DC circuits used in electronic devices. Topics include resistance with circuit techniques of Ohm's Law; current and voltage division; simplification of series, parallel, series-parallel circuits: bridge and ladder networks: Kirchhoff's source conversions, branch analysis; Thevenin and Norton theorems; superposition theorems and nodal analysis. Inductance and capitance are introduced and transient circuits are studied. (Co-requisites: EEET-112 and (MATH-111 or MATH-171 or MATH-181 or MATH-181A) or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
DC Circuits Lab
Develops skills and practice in the design, fabrication, measurement and analysis of practical DC circuits used in electronic devices. Topics include the measurement relative to: resistance, current, and voltage with circuit techniques of Ohm's Law; current and voltage division; simplification of series, parallel, series-parallel circuits: bridge and ladder networks: Kirchhoff's Laws; power; and transient circuit behavior. Laboratory verification of DC analytical and techniques is included. Printed circuit board (PCB) design, fabrication, and assembly is also included emphasizing the development of soldering skill proficiency. (Co-requisites: EEET-111 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall, Spring).
Fundamentals of Engineering
This course will introduce students to the disciplines in the field of mechanical engineering. Students will be introduced to design and engineering problem solving methods that will be applied to problems. Students will collect data, analyze data, perform design calculations, and solve equations. Project reports are generated through the integration of these tools with word processing and presentation software. The application of software tools to the engineering design process will be emphasized throughout. Lecture 3, Recitation 1 (Fall).
Machine Tools Lab
Proficiency with traditional machine shop tools will be demonstrated with an emphasis on safety. Students will demonstrate their abilities to interpret drawings and select the appropriate equipment needed to produce each part. Parts built will be inspected by the student to verify the meeting of part requirements. Students will repair/replace any parts that are found to be out of specifications. Inspection tools will be utilized in the product validation requirement of the course. Topics will be experimentally validated through the creation of mechanical parts that will be assembled into a final product. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to students in MFET-BS, RMET-BS, MCET-BS, EMET-BS or ENGTEH-BS.) Lab 2 (Fall, Spring).
First Year Writing
LAS Perspective
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
Wellness Education*
Spring Semester
Choose two courses from the following majors:
   Electrical Engineering Technology
   Mechanical Engineering Technology
   Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology
   Computer Engineering Technology
   Civil Engineering Technology
   Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety
   Packaging Science
LAS Perspectives
Choose one of the following:
   Calculus A
This is the first course in a three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). This course includes a study of functions, continuity, and differentiability. The study of functions includes the exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Limits of functions are used to study continuity and differentiability. The study of the derivative includes the definition, basic rules, and implicit differentiation. Applications of the derivative include optimization and related-rates problems. (Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH-111 or C- or better in ((NMTH-260 or NMTH-272 or NMTH-275) and NMTH-220) or a math placement exam score greater than or equal to 50.) Lecture 5 (Fall, Spring).
   Math Sequence
LAS: College Physics I
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings. Lab 4, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Total Semester Credit Hours

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

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

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


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