The work of graduates in electronics may range from the development of new equipment in the laboratory or in the field, to operations, technical writing, customer engineering, and sales engineering. OSU offers two approaches to electronics.
Engineering Technology emphasizes applications, whereas Engineering emphasizes the general, or theoretical approach. Both fields make heavy use of mathematics. Both curriculums are based on Physics and Calculus.
Here's how TAC/ABET differentiates the two disciplines:
"Engineering is the profession in which knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of mankind."
If your interests lean towards the theoretical and you envision yourself as developing new devices then Engineering may be for you. Most Ph.D. researchers come from the Engineering side.
"Engineering Technology is that part of the technological field which requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities; it lies in the occupational spectrum between craftsman and the engineer at the end of the spectrum closest to the engineer."
If you like to solve problems using known procedures or if you like putting electronics systems together using existing components then Electronics Technology may be for you. Electronics Technology is oriented toward applications and working with hardware, but EET graduates are not technologists.
Our program provides the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology and is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET). To meet the diverse needs that the graduates will have, the program provides a strong foundation of mathematics and science. Specialized courses in electronics, communications, and instrumentation are included. The appropriate software to support the computer field is also covered in several courses. Related courses in the humanities and social sciences are included to give the graduate an appreciation of the world in which he or she will live and work.
Graduates will find career opportunities not only in the electronics industry itself but, also in many other areas in modern industry and government which depend upon electronics for control, communications, or computation.