Bachelor of Science in Technology
College of Technology
Electronics and computer technology is the study of electronics and computers. ECT majors study electronic components such as transistors; electric motors; instrumentation and measurement circuits; programmable logic controllers like those that are used in assembly lines; computer and digital circuits; electronic communication circuits such as those in TV, radio and wireless applications, and computer networks.
ECT students learn to apply the theory and knowledge from physics, calculus and computer science courses to hands-on applications ranging from computer hardware and interfacing to networking, data acquisition and computer-based instrumentation. Graduates of the program are able to use their sophisticated technical knowledge and skills in fields including computer engineering, research and product development, sales/service and network administration. Coursework in electronics and computer technology is complemented by a core of business classes, rigorous science and math requirements, plus traditional liberal arts courses. This blend of classes differentiates BGSU’s program from most others of its kind. The program is fully accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
Students who are successful in the ECT major tend to be patient problem-solvers, critical thinkers and trouble-shooters who like to know how and why things “work.” Prospective ECT students should be proficient in physics and upper-level mathematics, including calculus. Rigorous college-preparatory English, science, social studies and foreign language are also an excellent preparation for this major. Computer science courses may be helpful, but are not necessary and should not take the place of college-level math and science.
ECT graduates earn a bachelor of science in technology degree, and are equipped to work in a variety of corporate and non-profit settings. Their broad technical and business talents are needed in activities ranging from research and development to marketing and technical services. Job titles in the field include electrical engineer, research associate, engineering technician, network administrator, computer engineer and manufacturing superintendent.
The electronics and computer technology major at BGSU offers a combination of theory and hands-on practice. Most ECT classes include a laboratory component so that students are able to take the knowledge from their textbooks and classroom lectures and apply it immediately in a laboratory or real-world setting. Electronics and computer technology majors also have the opportunity to work with personable faculty who are committed to ensuring their students’ success. The faculty are leaders in using and teaching emerging technologies.
The ECT program also has a cooperative education component that requires each student to complete TWO semester-long, full-time, paid cooperative education work experiences. Students are also able to join the International Society of Automation (ISA). This student organization sponsors numerous activities to assist members with personal and professional development and frequently participates in regional robotics competitions.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Electronics and Computer Technology, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/TEC/TEC20.html.