Associate of Science in Computer Engineering Technology

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The computer engineering technology (CET) program provides education and skill development in hardware configuration, software development, programming applications, and the interfacing of hardware and software systems. Students receive hands-on training on various computer systems, test equipment and software products.

Educational Program Objectives

The general goal of the CET program is to provide students with a broad understanding of fundamental engineering knowledge and technical skills as well as in-depth knowledge in the areas of computer science, computer engineering technology, digital electronics, mathematics and physical sciences. The objectives of the CET program are to produce graduates who can:

  1. Function effectively individually and in team-oriented, open-ended activities with critical thinking to assess and evaluate complex technical and nontechnical problems in an industrial environment;
  2. Communicate effectively in oral, written, visual and graphical modes in interpersonal and group situations at a level of effectiveness expected by industry employers;
  3. Remain technically current and adapt to rapidly changing technologies through further formal or informal education;
  4. Identify and understand professional ethical situations in business, industry and society;
  5. Blend theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to solve technical problems; and
  6. Understand and apply project specifications, documentation and standards requirements within the engineering design process.

Employment Opportunities

The curriculum provides students with a well-balanced education to help them find employment in several areas in the private, public or government sectors. Graduates of the associate degree program are qualified for technical positions, as they possess the skills to troubleshoot, repair, configure, install and program basic computer systems. Employment opportunities with excellent salaries exist in the areas of software, systems, microcomputer/microcontroller systems, networking applications, hardware, product sales and marketing.

Continuing Education

Graduates of the A.S.-CET program are eligible to enroll in the B.S.-CET program. All credits earned toward the A.S.-CET degree count toward the B.S.-CET degree.


A total of 60 credits are required for an Associate of Science degree in computer engineering technology.

To ensure that they are making satisfactory academic progress, students should consult with their faculty adviser to ensure that they complete necessary prerequisites and required courses in sequence and complete between 13 and 17 credits each semester. 

The following four-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in two years.

Course Credits
First Semester 13
CSC 120  Problem Solving and Programming Constructs** 3
GET 130  Intro to Engineering Technology** 3
ENG 101  English Composition I** 3
MAT 181  College Algebra** 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar** 1
Second Semester 16
CSC 124  Computer Programming I** 3
EET 110  Electrical Circuits I* 4
ENG 217  Scientific and Technical Writing I** 3
MAT 191  College Trigonometry* 3
General Education Course 3
Third Semester 15
CET 235  Digital Electronic Design* 4
CSC 265  Object-Oriented Programming* 3
EET 160  Electrical Circuits II* 4
PHY 101  College Physics OR  PHY 121  General Physics I ** 4
Fourth Semester 16
CET 270  Introduction to Microprocessor Design* 4
CSC 328  Data Structures* 3
EET 215  Intro to Instrumentation* 3
MAT 195  Discrete Math Structures* 3
Elective 3
Total 60

* Required major and related courses

** Required and recommended general education courses

Program Notes:

  • Students may take MAT 199 Pre-Calc in lieu of MAT 181 and MAT 191, followed by MAT 281 Calculus I, for a more rigorous math track. 
  • Students planning to continue on to the B.S. CET program should take Calculus I and PHY 101 College Physics (instead of PHY 121). 
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to qualify for graduation. 

College Algebra (3 crs.) and College Trigonometry (3 crs.) may be substituted for Pre-Calculus, if math placement test score does not permit direct entry into Pre-Calculus, or if students would prefer less intense coverage of this material.

Students considering completion of a bachelor's degree in CET should select General Education credits that apply. Consult your adviser.