Computer Engineering Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
1357
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Description: 

The computer engineering technology program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to secure employment as technicians or technologists who are capable of installing, designing, supporting, and maintaining computer systems and networks. This is a hands-on, technically oriented program with a focus on computer system hardware and network infrastructure, but does include software development and operating systems course work. The program is designed to prepare students for professional certification examinations leading to certifications such as the CompTIA A+ and Network+, Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

The first year of the computer engineering technology program provides students with a foundation of knowledge in digital and electronic circuits and math, as well as an introduction to computer systems and networking. Second and third years of study build upon the electric and computer background. In the following years the program continues developing skills in computer hardware, operating systems, and networking. In the fourth year of the program, students can either complete a senior project or do an internship with an employer. The internship program provides real-world experience for students by having them work for an entire semester at a company.

Students may enter the Bachelor of Science program in computer engineering technology as freshmen for an eight-semester sequence, or in the fifth semester as transfer students with the appropriate technical background. Typically, graduates of AAS computer engineering technology programs can be articulated to complete the bachelor program in two years. Additionally, students entering the bachelor of science program in computer engineering technology as freshmen can apply for an AAS degree in computer engineering technology upon completion of the AAS requirements (typically at the end of the fourth semester). This, along with potential industry certifications earned, can enable the student to obtain meaningful summer or part-time employment opportunities while completing studies.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer engineering technology program. See laptop specifications. Some courses may require specialized tools and/or electronic components.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The BS in computer engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science using critical thinking and creative skills to solve computer engineering problems;
  2. Function professionally with effective communication and with ethical responsibility as individuals and as members of a multidisciplinary team;
  3. Continuously improve and engage in life-long learning and adapt to a technologically advancing society;
  4. Apply knowledge of contemporary issues and anticipate the impact of computer engineering solutions on industry and the general public;
  5. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to support computer engineering practice;
  6. Design computer engineering systems, components, or processes to meet industry needs;
  7. Design computer engineering experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data to support the problem solving process and project design.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of computer engineering technology.
  • An ability to apply current knowledge in the computer engineering technology field and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
  • An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply results to improve processes.
  • An ability to apply creativity and critical thinking skills in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams.
  • An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • An ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities.
  • Respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  • The application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.
  • The applications of physics or chemistry to computer systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.
  • The ability to analyze, design, and implement hardware and software computer systems.
  • The ability to apply project management techniques to computer systems.
  • The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of computer systems and networks.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with recommended SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
Recommended: Physics

Accreditation/Certification: 

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Students may earn A+ and Network+ certifications from CompTIA, as well as the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications upon successful completion of the appropriate certification examinations.

The Bachelor of Science in computer engineering technology is recognized as a "professional degree" that qualifies for experience/education credit toward Professional Engineering (PE) licensure. Graduates from Alfred State's program are allowed six years of the required 12 years of education/experience credit and are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), formerly called Engineer-in-Training (EIT), examination upon graduation.

Features & Facilities: 

Strong focus on:

  • Digital electronics
  • Computer systems
  • Networking technology and infrastructure
Articulation Agreements: 

This is a new degree and articulation agreements with several community colleges are in the process of being developed. Agreements in the development process include Corning Community College, Jamestown Community College, Erie County Community College, and Niagara County Community College.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 131 semester credit hours in eight-semester program
  • 60 semester credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from at least seven of the General Education content groups: mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, western civilization, American history, other world civilization, arts, foreign language, and basic communications (must include COMP 1503)
  • Minimum of 45 hours upper division
  • Minimum of 24 hours upper division in major
  • Minimum of 30 hours upper division in residence
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and 2.0 grade point average in major courses (BSET, CISY, ELET)
  • Approval of department faculty
Career Opportunities: 
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Computer Network Computer Systems Integrator
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer Network Administrator
  • Computer Network Engineering Technician
  • Computer Systems Engineering Technician
Typical Semester Layout: 

Approximately 12 to 15 hours are spent in classroom instruction each week with class size ranging from 16 to 30 students. Structured labs are nine to 12 hours a week. The student's academic adviser is a member of the engineering technology faculty.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition**3
ELET1202Intro to Electrical Technology2
ELET1111Digital Logic Laboratory1
ELET1133Digital Logic3
ELET1001Seminar1
MATH1033College Algebra or higher*3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
   14
Second Semestercredits
ELET1104Circuit Theory I4
ELET1151Circuit Theory Lab1
MATH2043College Trigonometry or higher*3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
ELET1003Intro to Computer Hardware3
ELET1143 Electronic Fabrication3
   17
Third Semestercredits
ELET2103Electronics Theory I3
ELET2151Electronics I Laboratory1
CISY5123Scientific Programming in C/C++3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
ELET2143Embedded Controller3
   17
Fourth Semestercredits
PHYS2023General Physics II3
CISY4003Introduction Data Structures3
SOCI1193Marriage and Family3
ELET3143 Intro Desktop Optg System3
ELET 4233Intro to Server Optg System3
ELET 5113Electronic Communications3
   18

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Fifth Semestercredits
CISY3283Internetworking I3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking **3
MATH2074Technical Calculus II4
COMP5703Technical Writing3
MATH7113 Economic Analysis for Eng Tech3
   16
Sixth Semestercredits
ELET7404Embedded & Real Time Systems4
MATH6114Differential Equations4
CISY4283Internetworking II3
 xxx3Professional Elective3
 xxx3Upper Level Professional Elective3
   17
Seventh Semestercredits
PHYS8013Modern Physics3
CHEM 5013Applied Chemical Principles3
MATH7123Statistics for Engin Tech3
BSET7001Senior Seminar & Project Design1
ELET5401Certification Seminar1
ELET 6103Comp Architecture 3
ELET 7223Adv Telecomm Systems 3
   17
Eighth Semestercredits
BSET8006*Senior Internship OR6
BSET8003 Senior Technical Project AND3
 xxx3Upper Level Professional Elective3
 xxx3General Education - Free Elective3
 xxx3Liberal A & S - Free Elective3
 xxx3Liberal A & S - Free Elective3
   15

* See Elective Sheet for four-year majors for Gen Ed & other types of electives

** One-half of Gen Ed Silo for "Communication"

Internship Prerequisites: Minimum program GPA of 2.5 and minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Four Years% Graduated in Six Years
 425%50%
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees523
Responding to Survey4 (80%)2 (100%)2 (67%)
Employed4 (100%)2 (100%)1 (50%)
Employed in Field3 (75%)1 (50%)1 (100%)
Transferred----1 (50%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Prefer not to disclose (1)