Engineering Technology with a Concentration in Electrical and Computer Technology, BS

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

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program at Purdue North Central offers both an Associate of Science (AS) Degree and a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree.  While the Associate Degree is very specific as to which courses are required, the Bachelor's Degree is designed to be broad and inter-disciplinary.  Through their choice of ECET/CPET and elective courses, students may specialize in analog electronics, computer hardware/software, digital systems, electrical power, embedded microcontroller circuit design, hospital and biomedical equipment, industrial automation, manufacturing, RF communications, telecommunications or quality control.  Students may also use their electives to pursue a minor in another field of study while working toward their ECET Degrees.

News reports and many companies group scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians together, calling them all "engineers."  In fact, the scientist deals more with theoretical ideas, concepts and research, while the engineer may design new products and processes.  The technologist is a person who has earned a BS Degree in Technology - a practical and applied curriculum.  The technologist applies engineering principles and current technology, solving problems and improving facilities, processes and procedures in industry.  Several PNC ECET alumni have started their own companies.

Our mission is to serve the needs of the citizens, industries and community colleges of Northwest and North Central Indiana by:

  1. Providing a quality, applications-oriented education in a broad array of areas within the electronics and computer hardware fields;
  2. Contributing to the advancement of technology, engineering and education through scholarly work, publications or active participation in professional societies; and
  3. Serving as a technical resource for our constituents.

The Program Educational Objectives of our Bachelor's Degree Program are:

  1. Graduates of our Bachelor's Degree Program are involved in specifying, designing or developing new applications, based on electrical, electronics and computer systems, in a variety of applications, such as microprocessors and microcontrollers; industrial control systems; instrumentation; hospital & biomedical equipment; power generation and transmission; computer hardware, software and networks.
  2. As their careers advance, graduates of our Bachelor's Degree Program will supervise teams of engineers, technologists and technicians, and use their written and verbal communications skills.
  3. Graduates of our Bachelor's Degree Program are prepared to advance their education and many will choose to do so.

Our core values are: focus on learning; respect and caring for all students; providing a safe and nurturing environment; valuing a well-rounded education; celebrating diversity, collaborating with others and working as a team; maintaining a professional attitude at all times; serving our profession, community, state and country; maintaining the currency of our knowledge; and devotion to life-long learning.

Our AS and BS degrees are structured on a 2+2 pattern.  Students earn the Associate Degree in EET after their freshman and sophomore years of study are completed, and then are awarded an Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree in ECET after completing the junior and senior years.

PNC General Education Core (31 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning

MA 15300Algebra And Trigonometry I

0 - 3 credits

MA 15400Algebra And Trigonometry II

3 credits

Natural Sciences and Technology

CGT 11000Technical Graphics Communications

0 - 3 credits

PHYS 22000General Physics

0 - 4 credits

Humanities and Social Sciences

Choose one course from Humanities and one course from Social Sciences.

FYE or Additional Distribution Course

GS 19100First-Year Experience I

3 credits

PNC Supplemental Core (12 credits)

Natural Sciences and Technology

A computer programming 3-credit hour class is required.  A programming class using any computer language is acceptable.

Quantitative Reasoning

MA 22300Introductory Analysis I

3 credits

Choose One:

MA 22400Introductory Analysis II

3 credits

STAT 30100Elementary Statistical Methods

0 - 3 credits

Humanities and Social Sciences

Choose one additional 3-credit hour class from Humanities or Social Science course list.

Required Courses (77 credits)

ECET Core Classes (35 credits)

ECET 10700Introduction To Circuit Analysis

0 - 4 credits

ECET 10900Digital Fundamentals

0 - 3 credits

ECET 15700Electronics Circuit Analysis

0 - 4 credits

ECET 15900Digital Applications

0 - 4 credits

ECET 20700AC Electronics Circuit Analysis

0 - 4 credits

ECET 20900Introduction To Microcontrollers

0 - 4 credits

ECET 23100Electrical Power And Controls

0 - 4 credits

ECET 25700Consumer Power Electronics

0 - 4 credits

ECET 30200Introduction To Control Systems

0 - 4 credits

ECET Electives (24 credits)

Any 30000-level or above ECET or CPET course may be used.  Approved three-course (9 credit) CNIT class sequences may be substituted for two ECET Electives.  All students must take these three ECET Electives: (1) ECET 30400 Introduction to Communication Systems; (2) ECET 30700 Analog Network Signal Processing; and (3) An advisor approved CNIT, CPET or ECET computer networking class.

ECET Capstone (3 credits)

Senior Project Phase I

1 credit

Senior Project Phase II

2 credits

Free Electives (15 credits)

Any subject may be used to fulfill these electives.  PNC has a number of minors available.  Students are encouraged to use their free electives to explore other fields of study and earn a minor.

Note About Electives

Electives may be taken in any semester.  The ordering of courses in the sample plan of study is a suggestion that enables students to complete all coursework with four years of full-time study.  Most students will, in fact, choose to rearrange their plan of study to accommodate work schedules, pre-requisites and the timing of electives.  Many students take electives during the summer.

 

Note to students transferring from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University

The PNC ECET Program has seamless 2 + 2 articulation agreements with Ivy Tech and Vincennes University for graduates with an AS or AAS degree in ECT, EET, ELT or related programs.  The agreement, along with course-by-course conversion information, may be viewed on the ECET website: www.pnc.edu/et/ecet.

Note to students transferring from other institutions

If your AS Degree is not from Ivy Tech or Vincennes and is not ABET accredited in EET, ECET or Computer ET, you may be required to complete additional coursework.  Contact the ECET faculty for specific information about how your credits would apply to our baccalaureate degree program.

Note to students who eventually want to pursue and MBA degree

Please look at the MBA admissions requirements on the PNC website (www.pnc.edu/MBA).  Required Accounting, Business, Business Law, Economics, Marketing, Math and OLS courses needed for admissions to the MBA program may be taken as Free Electives for your BS Degree.  Economics may also be taken as a Humanities/Social Sciences Elective.