Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Computer Engineering Technology

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 186
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements No

Overview

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology degree provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and strengths to become technicians and technical leaders in the design, implementation, integration, and support of computer-based and network systems that are critical to the achievement of enterprise, project, research, and business goals. In this increasingly interconnected world, technicians with the ability to understand, link, and integrate computer hardware, software, and networks, and who can evolve systems as needs change, are in constant demand.

This focused bachelor's degree includes courses in technical literacy, mathematics, engineering graphics, network and data analysis, software development, and electro-mechanical systems. Specializations are available in computer system administration and digital/embedded systems. The program also offers the coursework needed to prepare students for examinations leading to professional certifications, such as Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE).

Program Objectives

The objective of the Computer Engineering Technology (CET) Program at Northeastern University is to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, development, implementation, and support of computer systems. The course of study enables our graduates, within a few years of graduation, to secure for themselves a successful engineering career and contribute decisively to the application, improvement, and development of technology by demonstrating their ability to:

  1. Address and solve complex and broadly defined engineering problems related to their discipline and field of specialization
  2. Work as team members, show leadership, and communicate technical concepts and ideas effectively
  3. Manifest a high level of professional integrity, and make ethical decisions that will have a positive impact on the organization and society
  4. Embrace and practice lifelong learning, continue personal growth, and professional self-improvement

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology graduates design and use computer system hardware and software, accomplish network design, and are involved in the deployment of computer systems for companies of all sizes and disciplines. Core and foundation courses allow students the opportunity to think critically and gain insights into disciplines other than their particular field of study. Requirements include learning the use of traditional and emerging technologies to accomplish tasks effectively and using appropriate mathematical, physics, and computing techniques and concepts to obtain solutions to problems.

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Student Learning Outcomes

The curriculum of the Computer Engineering Technology Program offered by the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University will enable students to develop:

a. Ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities

b. Ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies

c. Ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes

d. Ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives

e. Ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team

f. Ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering technology problems

g. Ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature

h. Understanding of the need for, and ability to engage in, self-directed continuing professional development

i. An understanding of, and commitment to address, professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity

j. Knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

k. Commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

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The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Computer Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

ABET, Inc.
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Phone: 410-347-7700
Email: asac@abet.org
Website: http://www.abet.org


Curriculum

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Engineering Technology Core Curriculum (40 q.h.)

Engineering Technology degrees in the Lowell Institute School integrate a set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded background and understanding of the world.

Written Communications (4 q.h.)

ENG 1004 College English 1 3 q.h.
ENG 1014 Writing Lab for ENG 1004  1 q.h. 

Technical Literacy (13 q.h.)

ETG 1005 Introduction to Engineering Technology 4 q.h. 
ETC 1015 Introduction to Computer Organization 3 q.h.
ETC 1017 Introduction to Computer Hardware 3 q.h.
ETG 2010 Applications for Data Analysis 3 q.h.

Mathematics (9 q.h.)

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2101 Precalculus 3 q.h.

Social Science Diversity Electives (8 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of 8 credits with any of the following prefixes:

ART, ENG, HST, JRN, MUS, PHL, POL, SOC  8 q.h.

Ethical and Political Perspectives (6 q.h.)

Complete two of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics  3 q.h.
PHL 2160 Bioethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Foundation Courses (59 q.h.)


Complete all of the following courses:

Technology

ETG 1001 Engineering Graphics 1 3 q.h.
ETG 2021 Engineering Graphics 2 3 q.h.
ETE 1101 Introduction to DC Networks 3 q.h. 
ETE 1103   DC Network Analysis 3 q.h.
ETE 2101 Introduction to AC Networks 3 q.h.
ETE 2103 AC Network Analysis 3 q.h.
ETM 2100 Statics 4 q.h. 
ETM 2200 Dynamics 4 q.h. 
ETC 1101 Introduction to C++ Programming 3 q.h.
ETC 1103 C++ Application Development 3 q.h.

 Science

PHY 2301 Physics 1 4 q.h.
PHY 2302 Lab for Physics 1  1 q.h. 
PHY 2501 Physics 2 4 q.h.
PHY 2502 Lab for Physics 2 1 q.h. 
PHY 3101 Physics 3 4 q.h.
PHY 3102 Lab for Physics 3 1 q.h.

 Mathematics

MTH 3005 Calculus 1 4 q.h.
MTH 3010 Calculus 2 4 q.h.
MTH 3015 Calculus 3 4 q.h.

Major Courses (40 q.h.)


Complete all of the following courses:

ETC 2101 Introduction to C++/Data Structures 3 q.h.
ETC 2103
Applications in C++/Data Structures 3 q.h.
ETC 3251 Software Engineering 3 q.h.
ETC 3161  Data Communication Protocols 3 q.h.
ETC 3465 UNIX Operating Systems 3 q.h.
ETC 3271 Introduction to Databases 3 q.h.
ETC 4514 Computer Architecture 3 q.h.
ETC 4522    System-Level Programming 4 q.h .
ETE 2331 Introduction to Digital Systems 3 q.h.
ETE 2333 Applied Digital Systems 3 q.h.
ETE 3131 Sequential Digital Systems 3 q.h.
ETE 3133 Applied Sequential Digital Systems 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.

Technical Specialization Electives (27 q.h.)
 

Complete a minimum of 27 additional credits of technology electives in one of the following areas of specialization:

Computer System Administration

ETC 2415 A+ Core Hardware Servicing 3 q.h.
ETC 2417 A+ Operating Systems Technology 3 q.h.
ETC 3311 MCSE Professional Administration 4 q.h.
ETC 3313 MCSE Server Administration 4 q.h.
ETC 3315 MCSE Network Administration 4 q.h.
ETC 3317 MCSE Directory Services Administration 4 q.h.
ETC 4233 Computer Security 4 q.h.

Digital/Embedded Systems

ETC 3121
Assembly Language 3 q.h.
ETC 4510 Embedded Microcomputer Systems 4 q.h. 
ETE 1211 Introduction to Electrical Measurements 3 q.h.
ETE 1213 Applied Electrical Measurements 3 q.h.
ETE 2021 Basic Optics & Optical Systems Design 4 q.h. 
ETE 2011 Introduction to Signal Analysis 4 q.h.
ETE 2013 Digital Communication Systems 4 q.h. 
ETE 3511 Control Engineering 4 q.h.
ETE 4011 Analog Circuit Simulation 4 q.h.
ETE 4013 Digital Circuit Simulation 4 q.h.
ETE 4520 Industrial Control Systems 1 4 q.h.
ETE 4521 Industrial Control Systems 2 4 q.h.

 Electro-Mechanical Systems

ETE 1211
Introduction to Electrical Measurements 3 q.h.
ETE 1213
Applied Electrical Measurements 3 q.h. 
ETE 2011 Introduction to Signal Analysis 4 q.h.
ETE 2013 Digital Communications Systems 4 q.h.
ETE 3511 Control Engineering 4 q.h. 
ETE 4011 Analog Circuit Simulation 4 q.h.
ETE 4013 Digital Circuit Simulation 4 q.h. 
ETE 4520 Industrial Control Systems 1 4 q.h.
ETE 4521 Industrial Control Systems 2 4 q.h.
ETF 2011 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 1 4 q.h. 
ETF 3011 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 2  4 q.h. 
ETG 3023 AutoCAD Solids Modeling 3 q.h.
ETG 3031 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3 q.h.
ETM 4501 Mechanical Vibrations 4 q.h. 
ETM 3305 Theory of Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis  4 q.h. 
ETM 3306  Lab for ETM 3305 2 q.h. 

 Software Development

ETC 3121  Assembly Language 3 q.h. 
ETC 3105  Advanced Visual Basic 3 q.h. 
ETC 3311  MCSE Professional Administration 4 q.h. 
ETC 3341  Oracle SQL Programming 4 q.h. 
ETC 3343  Oracle Fundamentals 1 4 q.h. 
ETC 4233  Computer Security 4 q.h. 
ITC 1255  Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h. 
ITC 2001  Java Programming 3 q.h. 
ITC 2305  Advanced Java Programming 3 q.h. 
ITC 2205  Multimedia for the Web 3 q.h. 
ITC 2810  C# (C Sharp) Programming 3 q.h. 

Capstone Experiences (20 q.h.)

Capstone builds on skills acquired in earlier courses and emphasizes situations and challenges that exist in the "real world."

Technology

Complete all of the following courses:

ETG 3001  Engineering Technology 4 q.h.  
ETG 3041  Technical Communications 4 q.h.  
ETG 4880  Capstone Preparation 2 q.h. 
ETG 4955  Capstone Design Project 4 q.h.  

Science Elective 

Complete one additional course with any of the following prefixes:

BIO, CHM, ESC, GIS, HSC, PHY 3 q.h.

Business and Entrepreneurship

 Complete one additional course with any of the following prefixes:

ACC, CMN, ECN, FIN, LDR, MGT, MKT 3 q.h.

 Required minimum credit hours: 186 q.h.


The Computer Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, INC, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410.347.7700


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $70,308.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

The Computer Engineering Technology degree is designed for students who are interested in designing, engineering, and testing networks and computers or who want to develop expertise in interfacing computers with various types of equipment used in automation, networking and manufacturing.

Typical job titles may include:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Computer programmer
  • Electrical or electronic engineer
  • Information system scientist or analyst
  • Industrial engineer

Career Outlook

Put Your Degree to Work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer software engineers and computer programmers is projected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations—with degree-holders expected to enjoy the best opportunities. As of 2008, about 32% of computer software engineers and computer programmers worked in computer systems design and related services, often for software publishers, computer and equipment manufacturers, financial institutions, and insurance companies.

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