BSAST Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology is designed for technologists employed in various phases of the electronics industry, including computer hardware, avionics, instrumentation and control, and communications. The BSAST degree in Electronics Engineering is a 124-credit program.

The Electronics Systems Engineering Technology Program’s goal is to educate engineering technology practitioners who are immediately relevant to or practicing in industry by frequently evaluating and improving our educational programs, engaging in scholarly and industrially based activities, and working within the broader community to be relevant to the professional and global community.

The AST vision and mission statements are reviewed and updated periodically, most recently in 2014. These reviews are performed by the mentors as well as the Industrial Advisory Council (IAC). Details are published in the School and IAC meeting minutes. The current vision and mission statements are published on Thomas Edison State College’s web site. Additional information about the department can be found at


Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 16
II. Area of Study: Electronics Engineering Technology 49
A. Electric Circuits
  • Direct Current (DC) Circuits with Lab (ELE-211)
  • Alternating (AC) Circuits with Lab (ELE-212)
B. Electrical Devices
  • Solid State Theory/ Semiconductor Devices with Lab (ELT-306)
  • Integrated Circuits/ Electronic Circuits with Lab (ELT-307)
C. Digital Electronics with Lab (ELD-302) 3
D. Microprocessors with Lab (ELD-311) 3
E. Communications Electronics
  • Electronic Communication Systems with Lab (ELC-201)
F. Electronics Instrumentation & Control (CTR-211) 3
G. Electronic Engineering Technology Electives
Military/INPO Discipline Specific Training including Laboratory/Practicum (1 to 9 credits) or
  • Industrial Electronics (ELT-308)
  • Advanced Microprocessors with Lab (ELD-400)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (CTR-212)
  • Network Technology (CMP-354)
H. Occupational Health & Safety (APS-400) 3
I. Applied Quality Management (APS-402) 3
J. Project Management (MAN-435) 3
K. Electronics Assessment/Career Planning (ELT-490) 3
L. Electronic Engineering Technology Capstone (ELT-495) 4
III. Electives 15
Total 124
Degree Requirements Credits
The following courses are required for the BSAST Degree in Electronics Engineering Systems Technology and can be fulfilled in either the General Education or Electives sections of the degree chart. 29
  • Technical Writing
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
  • Statistics
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Physics I with Lab
  • Physics II with Lab
  • Chemistry I with Lab
  • Computer Programming or Programmable Logic Controllers

  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: All of the courses in this area of study can be completed through Thomas Edison State College ways to earn credit.

Policy for Required Advisement for BSAST in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology

BSAST in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program learners are required to schedule and complete a minimum of two program planning sessions, with a School of applied Science and Technology advisor. The first scheduled program planning sessions should be after the learner receives formal evaluation of transferred credits and prior to starting courses. A second scheduled program planning sessions should be prior to registration for Electronics Assessment /Career Planning (ELT-490)

The session shall encompass the following:

  • Each BSAST in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology learner is required to meet with an Technology advisor;
    • After receiving evaluation of transferred credits and prior to starting courses  to ensure course sequencing as indicated below
    • Required to verify completion of  prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in Electronics Assessment/Career Planning (ELT-490) and Electronics Engineering Technology Capstone (ELT-495)
    • Required to verify completion of  all courses before Graduation
  • Required Sequence of courses for the BSAST in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology is the following:
    • Required general education courses or equivalent transfer courses prerequisites:
      • English Composition I (ENC-101) and English Composition II (ENC-102), prior to Technical Report Writing (ENG-201)
      • Calculus I (MAT-231) prior to Calculus II (MAT-232)
      • Physics I (PHY-111) with lab (PHY-128) prior to Physics II (PHY-112) with lab (PHY-129) and prior to Solid State Devices & Circuits (ELT-306) or Linear Integrated Circuits (ELT-307)

Note: Other General Education, Free Electives and Electronics Elective courses can be taken as determined by the learner and approved by advisement.

  • Required the BSAST in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology area of study  courses or equivalent transfer courses prerequisites:
    • DC Circuits with lab (ELE-211), AC Circuits with lab (ELE-212), prior to Electronics Devices courses of Solid State Devices & Circuits (ELT-306) and Linear Integrated Circuits (ELT-307)
    • Solid State Devices & Circuits with lab (ELT-306) and Linear Integrated Circuits with lab (ELT-307) prior to Digital Electronics (ELD-302), Microprocessor (ELD-302); Electronic Communications Systems (ELC-201); and Electronic Instrumentation & Control (CTR-211) courses
    • Occupational Health & Safety (APS-400); Applied Quality Management (APS-402); Project Management (MAN-435) and elective courses can be taken at any time.
    • Required completion of general educations courses: English Composition I (ENC-101),  English Composition II (ENC-102), and Technical Report Writing (ENG-201), Calculus I (MAT-231), Calculus II (MAT-232), Physics I (PHY-111) with lab (PHY-128), Physics II (PHY-112) with lab (PHY-129), General Chemistry (CHE-111) with lab (CHE-128), prior to Electronics Assessment /Career Planning (ELT-490)
    • Required completion of BSAST in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology area of study courses or equivalent transfers prior to Electronics Assessment /Career Planning (ELT-490)
    • Require completion of Electronics Assessment /Career Planning (ELT-490) prior to Electronics Engineering Technology Capstone (ELT-495)
    • Prior Learning Assessment options will not be available for Electronics Assessment /Career Planning (ELT-490 or Electronics Engineering Technology Capstone (ELT-495)

The School of Applied Science and Technology advisors shall record the program planning session results in the learners’ STRK file of Datatel.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) are broad statements describing the career and professional accomplishments that the Electronics Systems Engineering Technology program is preparing graduates to achieve. The BSAST in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology strives to produce qualified and competent applied technology engineering professionals who can immediately make substantial contributions to their employers.

The PEOs are to:

  1. Demonstrate a desire and commitment to remain technically current through formal training, self-improvement, and continuing education, while applying skills that involve both practical and acquired knowledge;
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to increased levels of leadership and responsibilities in the electronics field;
  3. Function effectively in a professional/industrial environment while maintaining independent thought, a focus on safety and efficiency, and adherence to ethical standards;
  4. Demonstrate ongoing commitment to professionalism through teamwork as a leader or influential team member in the solution of technical challenges/issues; and
  5. Advocate for the industry through membership/involvement with professional/communal/educational societies, committees, and panels.

Student Outcomes for the BSAST-Electronics Systems Engineering Technology

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools required for the electronics and/or related fields.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply current concepts in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to problems / issues encountered, using proper application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct standard tests and measurements in the lab or in the field; similarly, to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments, and apply results to resolve technical challenges and /or improve processes.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to design or re-design systems, components, or processes appropriate to the challenges encountered.
  5. Demonstrate effective leadership and participation as a member of a technical team.
  6. Demonstrate a capability to solve technical problems through proper identification, research, and systematic analysis of the issue.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in oral, written, and graphical communications in a technical and non-technical setting utilizing Standard English.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature, documents, and procedures.
  9. Demonstrate the need for and commitment to engage in self-directed continuing professional development and lifelong learning in one’s discipline.
  10. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and social responsibilities within the electronics field, while recognizing differences due to culture and diversity.
  11. Demonstrate recognition of the impacts of electronics technology solutions in an expanding societal and global context.
  12. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement in professional activities.

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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