Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology


What is Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology?

As industries become more automated and society becomes more dependent on electronic data communication, the demand increases for professionals who can make informed decisions based on technical knowledge and experience. That is why the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program at Bowling Green State University has such a progressive curriculum.

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology is a comprehensive study of diverse areas such as: Computer Hardware and Interfacing, Computer-Based Instrumentation and Process Control, Digital Communication and Networking, and Electric Motors and Controls.

When you study at BGSU you will have hands-on opportunities to learn the working of real world data communication and control systems. Students can participate in activities related to the Falcon BEST Robotics, which is a robotics competition open to middle and senior high school teams. Students can also be involved in the student section of International Society of Automation (ISA).

Career Opportunities

ECET graduates go on to careers such as Electrical Engineers, Network Engineers, Project Managers, EMS/SCADA Analysts, Research Associates, Engineering Technicians, Manufacturing Superintendents, Senior Sales Engineers, Automation Analysts and Electronic Design Engineers.


  • Computer engineering technology and networking
  • Computer-based instrumentation and process control
  • Cooperative work experience
  • Scholarships available from ISA
  • Professional associations

Certification or Licensure

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) is recognized as a "professional degree" that qualifies for experience/education credit toward Ohio Professional Engineering (PE) Licensure.  Graduates from BGSU's ETAC ABET-accredited ECET program or those currently enrolled in their final two semesters may register for the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) exam.

To qualify for the PE exam in Ohio you will need to pass the FE exam first.  Graduates of ETAC-ABET accredited engineering technology programs must have completed eight years of acceptable engineering experience before passing the PE examination and obtaining registration.

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Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology degree requires a minimum of 124 program hours: 8 hours of cooperative education, 51 hours of electronics and computer engineering technology concentration, 3-4 hours of Technology Electives, 44-45 hours in other required course, and 36 hours of BG Perspectives.

About the Program

  1. Program Educational Objective 1: The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program prepares exemplary electronic and computer engineering technology professionals who are problem solvers in the areas of instrumentation and process control, communications and computer networking, computer technology, electric machinery and power systems, and renewable energy.
  2. Program Educational Objective 2: The program will prepare graduates to work as effective employees and team members and to possess appropriate oral and written communication skill.
  3. Program Educational Objective 3: The program will prepare graduates to value their profession and to recognize the global impacts of their profession on society. They will recognize their professional need to advance in their careers and continue their professional development.

Eleven learned capabilities of students in the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program are set in the following list of student outcomes:

  1. Student Outcome 1: an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology;
  2. Student Outcome 2: an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. Student Outcome 3: an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. Student Outcome 4: an ability to design systems, components, or processes for Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. Student Outcome 5: an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. Student Outcome 6: an ability to identify, analyze, and solve Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology problems;
  7. Student Outcome 7: an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  8. Student Outcome 8: an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. Student Outcome 9: an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. Student Outcome 10: a knowledge of the impact of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  11. Student Outcome 11: a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

In addition to these, there are six learned capabilities of students in the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program as set in the following list:

  1. The ability to analyze, design, and implement control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems, computer systems, or power systems.
  2. The ability to apply project management techniques to electrical/electronic(s) systems.
  3. The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of electrical/electronic(s) systems.
  4. The ability to analyze, design, and implement hardware and software computer systems.
  5. The ability to apply project management techniques to computer systems.
  6. The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of computer systems and networks.

Course Requirements

ECET 1960 - Electrical-Electronic Systems
Electrical principles, instruments, electrical machines, selected electronic devices and computer control systems. Also, fabrication and assembly techniques are covered. One and one-half hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory.

ECET 2050 - Renewable Energy and Energy Sustainability
This course discusses renewable energy systems such as those that use solar energy, wind, wave energy, and fuel cells.  It also discusses how the energy that is generated can be conserved with systems such as electric and hybrid vehicles.  It encourages students to think critically about how our energy is generated and consumed and how it effects the environment and the economy.

ECET 2400 - Electric Circuits
Electron theory; DC and AC units and theory; circuit components; circuit analysis techniques; RLC circuits; power concepts; use of test instruments. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 1280 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

ECET 2410 - Electronic Circuits
Analog and digital electronic circuits and semiconductors. Design and application of power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators and digital gates to communication, instrumentation and process control.

ECET 2490 - Digital Electronic Components and Systems
Basic digital system logic analysis and synthesis techniques; number systems and codes; Boolean algebra and circuit minimization techniques. Characteristics of modern digital integrated circuit components.

ECET 3000 - Electric Machinery and Controls
Electric motors, generators, power electronic controls; operating characteristics, selection, testing and control of direct current, single and three-phase machinery as found in renewable energy and other applications.

ECET 3100 - Programmable Logic Controllers
A study of programmable logic controllers including, programming in ladder diagrams for counting, sequencing and timing functions, input/output modules, planning, installation and applications.

ECET 3410 - Electronic Devices
A study of semiconductor devices, FET transistors, operational amplifiers, power-electronic and optoelectronic devices including theory of operation, specifications, performance testing and applications.

ECET 3440 - Electronic Communication Circuits
The principles of electronic circuits as applied to large and complex telecommunication systems. Topics include frequency response and use of Fourier Series/Transforms.

ECET 3490 - Digital Computer Analysis
Organization and construction of mini-micro computers, machine language programming, interfacing, including developing logic design, selection of integrated circuits, assembly, testing and system diagnostic testing procedures.

ECET 3860 - Digital Communication Networks I
Introduction to fundamental digital communication and networking concepts and practices within workstation-centered technologies. Concept topics include: data encapsulation and transmission, and network models. Practices include those necessary for the creation of local area networks, such as workstation configuration, and router/switch setup.

ECET 4410 - Instrumentation
Industrial instrumentation, measuring thermal, mechanical, fluid and electric phenomenon. Statistical methods for data analysis. Transducers, signal conditioning, data acquisition, software development and sensor networks. Principles underlying their design and applications.

ECET 4450 - Wireless Communication Systems
A study of the concepts of signals (continuous/discrete), transmission, radiation and reception of electromagnetic energy in communication systems, with focus on wireless communication systems.

ECET 4530 - Digital Computer for Process Control
Basic concepts, terminology, evaluation and types of control systems as they apply to industrial process control and positioning systems. These systems will be subdivided into measurement, controllers, fieldbus networks and final control elements. Application of differential equations and Laplace transform method in control systems.

ECET 4860 - Digital Communication Networks II
Digital communication and networking concepts and practices with emphasis on wide area network (WAN) topologies. Concepts topics include: WAN hardware/management. Practices include those necessary for the creation of WANs. Data encoding, noise, and error probability are examined.

ECET 4900 - Problems in Electronics and Computer Technology
For advanced students wanting to conduct intensive study of selected problems in electronics and computer technology.

ENGT 1100 - Basic Computer-Aided Design
Introduction to CAD-based application. Construction of two-dimensional engineering drawings using a CAD system, with an emphasis upon geometric construction, orthographic projection, dimensioning, basic pictorials, and presentation.

  • CS 2020 Objects and Data Abst
  • CS 2170 Computer Organization
  • ECET 3570 Electric Power Trans
  • ECET 4800 Topics in ECET
  • TECH 4890 Co-op

University 35-36 Hrs

  • CS 1010
  • CS 2010
  • MATH 1280**
  • PHYS 2010**
  • PHYS 2020**
  • MATH 1310**or 1340**+1350
  • COMM 3060
  • STAT 2000**
  • TECH 3020
**These courses may be used to meet BG Perspective requirements, but hours are counted only once.

Business (Select) 9 Hrs

  • MKT 3000 (prereq ECON 2000**)
  • MKT 4420
  • ACCT 2000
  • MGMT 3000 (prereq STAT 2120)
  • MGMT 3050 or MGMT 3600
  • LEGS 3010
  • TECH 2890 Co-op
  • TECH 3890 Co-op

At least one course in each of the following:

  • English Composition and Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy

At least two courses in each domain:

  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Each student enrolled in a baccalaureate program must satisfactorily complete GSW 1120 (Research and Composition II), one course approved for Cultural Diversity in the United States, and one course approved for International Perspectives.

Additional courses from any of the five categories listed above to reach a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program-relevant learning outcomes of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology major include:

  • Technical knowledge and abilities in electronics and computer engineering technology
  • Familiarity with computer hardware and networking concepts
  • Familiarity with process control and instrumentation concepts
  • Knowledge of industrial and commercial applications of importance to electronics and computer engineering technology
  • Functional understanding of business and management techniques

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.