Associate Degree in Electronics Technology
Associate of Science in Electronics Technology
There are plenty of reasons why people pursue an associate’s degree. Whatever your reason, it’s important to pursue a degree that can both lead to professional opportunities and serve as a first step toward a bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Science degree in Electronics Technology from CTU does both. In this program, you can work to develop knowledge of analog and digital electronics, skills that are needed in commercial enterprises such as integrated circuit (IC) companies and telecommunications firms.
At CTU, working-adult students come first. Our flexible online course schedule and mobile app are designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
The Associate of Science in Electronics Technology degree comprises the first two years of either the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- April 04, 2023
- May 09, 2023
- June 13, 2023
- Colorado Springs
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The Associate of Science in Electronics Technology (ASET) is a 97.5-credit hour program that is offered on the Colorado Springs campus. The program is comprised of 60.5 credit hours of general education courses and 37 credit hours devoted to the electronics technology core.
The program is designed to help students build the knowledge to think like an engineer, to develop logical thinking and critical analysis skills, and improve decision-making skills. Students are encouraged to develop skills that are transferable to many industries such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, collaboration and communication. The ASET degree is designed to help students develop knowledge of analog and digital electronics, skills that are needed in commercial enterprises such as integrated circuit (IC) companies and telecommunications firms.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Mission Statement
Through innovative industry-current curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, the College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology empowers students to become motivated, creative, ethical, and skillful professionals who can resolve challenges in Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology in order to meet the needs of the digital economy.
Courses: General EducationCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CHE105
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, bonding types, reactions, equation and stoichiometry (a mathematical approach to solving problems involving chemical phenomena).
Introduction to Chemistry 5 ENGL104ENGL104 is the first course in a sequence of two composition classes designed to empower students to develop their voice, build confidence in writing, and develop both their writing and critical thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to practice adapting their writing for different audiences, purposes, and platforms, and will be able to explore how the choices they make influence the meaning and success of their written communications. This course explores the use of the writing process to compose clear, organized writings that are appropriate for various audiences and purposes. This course introduces the importance of clear and persuasive writing in personal, professional, and academic contexts. Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105ENGL105 is the final course in the composition sequence and builds on the writing skills developed in ENGL104. In this course, students continue to practice writing for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. Throughout the course, students incorporate research into their writing by using digital tools and resources to identify and cite credible sources following CTU APA guidelines. Professional Written Communications 4.5 HIST101This course focuses on the key people, social experiments, and technologies that continue to impact our lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter half of the 20th Century and the dawn of a new millennium in America – a time that, through the lens of history, both gives us pause and inspires hope for the future. Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH112
This course is designed to review concepts of elementary algebra and introduce students to additional algebraic concepts used in technical career fields. Students will have the opportunity to develop problem solving skills essential for success. The course introduces functions and their properties as well as the relationship between functions and their graphs. Techniques for solving a variety of equations are studied, and matrices are introduced to solve systems of linear equations..
Analytic College Algebra 4.5 MATH114
MATH114 is a college-level course on trigonometry. The six trigonometric functions are studied from both a right triangle and unit circle approach. Applications are stressed, using graphs, triangles, and trigonometric identities. Computations with complex numbers in polar form, and vectors in the plane are introduced. Along with MATH116, this course prepares students for Calculus. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required.
Analytic Trigonometry 4.5 MATH116
Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions are studied in detail. The concept of a composite and inverse function is explored. Other topics covered include: polynomial division, partial fractions, conic sections, sequences, series, and parametric equations. Along with MATH114, this course prepares students for Calculus. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required.
Foundations for Calculus 4.5 MATH205MATH 205 begins with the concept of limits, including one-sided and limits involving infinity, and relates limits to the concept of continuity. The tangent line to a graph at a point leads to the definition of derivative and the rules of differentiation for both explicit and implicit functions, including polynomial, rational, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Applications of the derivative include related rates, curve sketching, optimization problems and l’Hôpital’s Rule. Basic rules for integration are introduced, including the method of substitution. The definite integral is then applied to finding the area under and between curves. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required. Differential Calculus 5 MATH207
The study of calculus is continued with the differentiation and integration of transcendental functions (exponential, logarithmic, inverse trigonometric, and hyperbolic). Applications of the definite integral include finding volumes of solids of revolution by the disk and shell methods, and the length of plane curves and surfaces of revolution. Integration techniques include integration by parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitution, and use of tables and technology. Additional topics covered include improper integrals, and Taylor polynomials. The course concludes with an introduction to multivariable functions, partial derivatives, and double and triple integrals. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required.
Integral Calculus 5 MATH302
In this course methods are studies to solve differential equations and then apply them to application problems. Solution methods of specific types of first order differential equations are followed by their application to growth and decay, heating and cooling, and voltage and current response to R-L and R-C circuits. Solution methods for solving higher order linear differential equations are followed by their application to predicting the motion of masses under free and damped conditions. Analogous electronic filter and control circuits are modeled and their time domain behavior is predicted, especially for sinusoidal inputs. The final technique studied is the use of Laplace transforms to solve linear equations, and their application to second order differential equations from simple circuits.
Differential Equations 5 PSYC102Psychology is fundamental to every field in academic study. This course is designed to teach students a basic understanding of human behavior as well as emotional and cognitive development. Coursework incorporates terminology, principles, and foundational theories that comprise modern concepts of introductory psychology. This course is designed to teach students using practical, real-world application of course concepts within their professional, personal, and relational lives. Introductory Psychology 4.5 SOCL102This course introduces students to the study of sociology and how it applies to careers, community, and family. Sociology examines the nature of society including the theories and principles of multi-cultural and social interactions. This course addresses how the concepts of social organization, social institutions, and social changes influence everyday life. Introductory Sociology 4.5 UNIV104UNIV104 is designed to provide students with a foundation for success in CTU’s undergraduate academic environment. This course introduces effective academic strategies and resources integrating them with career planning methods that can be leveraged to pursue future academic and professional goals. Academic and Career Success 4.5 or HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 60.5
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours EE110
This course provides the beginning engineer with fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the electrical or computer engineering professions. It will introduce common electronic components, basic circuit configurations, and laboratory instruments. Bench practices and lab reports will be introduced along with computer aided analysis.
Introduction to Engineering 4 EE221
This calculus-based course introduces analysis and relationships of voltage, current, resistance and power. Series, parallel and complex circuits are analyzed with Ohm’s Law. Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws and network theorems are studied. Laboratory circuit construction, tests and measurements are performed using the appropriate components and equipment. Circuit simulation tools used in industry are also introduced.
Circuit Analysis I 5 EE252
EE252 is an introduction to the analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital systems. Number systems, Boolean switching algebra and Karnaugh mapping are presented as basic tools used in the design of digital systems using SSI and MSI level components. Lab activity, using TTL ICs, emphasizes the design and analysis techniques presented in lectures.
Digital Design I 5 EE312
Embedded microcontroller development processes and tools are introduced. The hardware and software architecture of a contemporary off-the-shelf microcontroller is analyzed to determine its functional role as an embedded controller in the design of a digital system. An assembly language program development and simulation system introduces students to embedded system development environments.
Embedded Microcontrollers 5 EE331
This calculus-based course covers circuit analysis related to AC and transient signals. Resistance, reactance and impedance parameters are analyzed in series, parallel and complex circuits. Trigonometrics functions, AC network theorems, transformer and passive filter theories are applied. Laboratory circuit construction, test and measurements are performed using the appropriate components and equipment. Laboratory emphasis is placed on the knowledge and use of test and measurement instruments. Circuit simulation tools used in industry are employed.
Circuit Analysis II 5 EE375
This course provides a foundational knowledge for analyzing and designing electronic circuits as well as an intuitive approach to the design process. Discrete components and circuits are analyzed and designed to develop an understanding of how these components and circuits have lead to the fabrication of integrated circuits (ICs). Computer aided circuit stimulation, as well as hands-on applications of analysis and design theory, validates theoretical concepts.
Electronic Design I 5 IT204This course serves as an introduction for students to acquire a foundation in current data communication and networking technologies. The course provides an introduction to the hardware, media, Ethernet, addressing, IP Configuration, components, and connections of a network. Network concepts such as network topologies, and major protocols, as well as the basic functions of network administration and operation are covered. Fundamentals of Networking 4 EM200Web development is a broad field and this class provides a basic foundation for follow-on web related classes. The focus for this class is to produce and manipulate actual code creation with HTML5 and CSS3 (or updated industry web standards) for structuring/presenting content on the web. W3C provides industry guidelines related to current web design practices and standards. Students employ, interpret, manipulate and generate HTML5 and CSS3 code using Notepad++ or TextWrangler (Mac platform) or other industry standard text editor. Students will learn the history of the Internet, the various iterations of HTML web mark-up language to the current version, HTML5. The use of Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Language for formatting web content will be emphasized. The creation of complete one or more web sites to utilizing the variety of web element will be required . Introduction to Website Development 4 Total Credit Hours: 37
Total Credit Hours: 97.5
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CTU’s Associate of Science in Electronics Technology (ASET) Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities among the workforce. This associate degree program emphasizes equipping students with the knowledge to develop logical thinking and critical analysis skills, and improve decision-making skills. The ASET degree is designed to help students develop knowledge of analog and digital electronics, skills that are needed in commercial enterprises where the application of Electronics Technology is embedded in their products and services.
As you work to complete your Associate of Science in Electronics Technology, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: embedded microcontroller development processes and tools; current data communication and networking technologies; and the analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital systems.
Courses for the Associate of Science in Electronics Technology start approximately every ten weeks exclusively at our Colorado Springs campus. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program.
The Associate of Science in Electronics Technology degree program consists of 97.5 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. CTU Fast Track™ exams offer the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know—allowing you to complete your degree up to 30% faster.1
1 The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast TrackTM exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.
Through innovative industry-relevant curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, you will study through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the needs of the digital economy.