Electronic Systems Engineering Technology - BS

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) prepares students for careers in electronic product and system development across a diverse range of industries that include the medical, power, computer networking, automotive, telecommunications, and quality of life sectors. While graduates of the program receive a rigorous technical education and typically take engineering and technology positions within industry, they are also well prepared for positions in technical sales and project management. The ESET curriculum is based on a strong underpinning of engineering math and science courses followed by a core technical sequence. This core includes analog and digital electronics, embedded systems design, real-time software development using C and assembly language, wired/wireless data communications, instrumentation and control. Throughout their curriculum, students work on multiple open-ended projects to design, implement, test, and evaluate hardware and software systems. One of the most unique aspects of the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program is that almost every technical course provides a hands-on laboratory experience using facilities equipped with state-of-the-art computer systems, test equipment, and industry-standard computer-aided design and analysis packages. The technical curriculum is augmented with coursework in written and oral communications, product/system development, device/system testing and technical project management. A team-based industry-sponsored capstone design sequence provides a challenging opportunity to apply technical, managerial, and communications skills to solving a real-world problem.

The Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.

ESET Program Mission

The Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Program at Texas A&M University prepares graduates for immediate impact and long-term career success by providing a real-world experiential education coupled with personalized undergraduate experiences in electronics product development, test, system integration, and engineering research.

ESET Program Educational Objectives

The Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Program at Texas A&M has as its primary educational objectives to produce graduates who, after three to five years:

  • possess the technical skills to be immediately productive and have successful careers in regional, state or national electronic product and system development industries
  • demonstrate increasing levels of leadership and responsibility during their careers
  • exhibit a commitment to professional ethics in their professional career
  • display a desire for life-long learning through continued education, technical training, and/or professional development

A continuous cycle of assessment and program improvement is used to ensure that these objectives are being met. Through interactions with industry and academic partners, the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program continues to offer a state-of-the-art curriculum that produces successful graduates.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33
1

A grade of C or better is required.

2

Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.

3

Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

4

BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ESET 210Circuit Analysis 14
ESET 219Digital Electronics 14
ESET 269Embedded Systems Development in C 13
Mathematics 1,53
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
ESET 211Power Systems and Circuit Applications 13
ESET 315Local-and-Metropolitan-Area Networks 14
ESET 329Six Sigma and Applied Statistics 1,63
ESET 349Microcontroller Architecture 1,64
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
ESET 319Engineering Leadership 13
ESET 333Product Development 1,63
ESET 350Analog Electronics 1,64
ESET 355Electromagnetics and High Frequency Systems 1,64
ESET 369Embedded Systems Software 1,64
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ESET 352Electronics Testing I 14
ESET 359Electronic Instrumentation 1,64
ESET 415Advanced Network Systems and Security 1,63
ESET 455Wireless Transmission Systems 1,64
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
ESET 419Engineering Technology Capstone I 13
ESET 462Control Systems 1,64
Technical elective 1,53
Select one of the following: 3
Technical and Business Writing  
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
ESET 420Engineering Technology Capstone II 1,62
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 3
University Core Curriculum 33
Technical elective 1,53
 Term Semester Credit Hours11
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 94
5

See departmental advisor for a list of approved electives.  ENTC 485 is not for general use as a technical elective.

6

Completion of ENGL 104, MATH 151, MATH 152, CHEM 107, CHEM 117, PHYS 218 with C or better required.

This curriculum lists the minimum number of classes required for graduation. Additional courses may be taken.

Total Program Hours 127