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Electronics Technology Degree

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Associate in Applied Science Degree


Four-Semester (Two-Year) Program


The growth of the electronics and manufacturing industries in Virginia has increased the demand for qualified electronics technicians. The Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment.

Occupational Objectives

Admission Requirements

Entry into most curriculum courses in Electronics Technology require that students be eligible for MTH 115.

Program Requirements

The program in Electronics Technology is a two-year program providing instruction required for competence as a technician in industry.

The first year of the Electronics Technology program is designed to establish a general base in mathematics and electronics circuits. The second year develops this base in a number of important areas of electronics such as computers, control circuits, measurements, and communications.

Graduates should have sufficient background, both in depth and diversity, to allow them employment in any area of the electronics field as a technician. Approximately one half of the curriculum will include courses in electronics technology with the remaining courses in related areas, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in Electronics Technology.

Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology.

The rapid rate of change in current technologies requires that course content in technical areas reflect this change. Therefore, courses completed and submitted for acceptance toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in this program should have been completed no longer than seven years prior to graduation. Courses completed more than seven years prior to graduation must be evaluated by the department for content agreeable to current academic and technological standards.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

Advanced Placement

Students who have completed a two-year high school electrical or electronics program or students who have completed electrical/electronics courses and have occupational experience may qualify for advanced placement. Proficiency tests will be administered, upon request, to determine placement level and the amount of credit to be awarded.

List of Courses


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Program Courses

First Semester (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
ENG 111 College Composition I (or ENG 115) 3
ETR 113 DC & AC Fundamentals I 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
MTH 115 Technical Mathematics I (or MTH 163) 3
SAF 126 Principles of Industrial Safety 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1


Second Semester (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
ELE 149 Wiring Methods in Industry 3
ETR 114 DC & AC Fundamentals II 3
ETR 167 Logic Circuits & Systems 3
ETR 203 Electronic Devices I 3
__ __ Social Science Elective1 3
__ __ Health or Physical Education 1


Third Semester (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
ELE 233 PLC Systems I 4
CAD 231 Computer Aided Drafting 2
ETR 241 Electronic Communications I 3
MEC 155 Mechanisms 2
ELE 176 Intro. to Alternative Energy/Hybrid Systems 3
ELE 246 Industrial Robotics Programming 3


Fourth Semester (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
ELE 177 Photovoltaic Energy Systems 4
ENE 228 Building Automation and Energy Management Systems 3
ETR 231 Principles of Lasers and Fiber Optics I 4
CST 137 Oral Interpretation (or CST 100 & Humanities/Fine Arts1) 3
ETD 298 Seminar & Project 1
__ __ Social Science Elective 1 3
  Total Minimum Credits 67

Students may choose from college approved Social Science or Humanities/Fine Arts electives on page 44 of the NRCC 2015-2016 college catalog.

NOTE: All courses must be taken in sequence as shown below:


ETR 113 Corequisite = Appropriate Math Placement
ETR 114 Corequisite = MTH 115
ETR 203 Corequisite = ETR 114 and Prerequisite = MTH 115
ETR 167 Corequisite = ETR 203
ELE 233 Prerequisite = ETR 167
ETR 211 Prerequisite - ETR 114
ETR 249 Prerequisite - ELE 211