There are several 2- and 4-year colleges that offer electronic associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the state of New Jersey. Many are approved by the ABET. The programs may include laboratory studies, engineering clinics or cooperative work experiences that allow for hands-on learning.
Some students may be able to transfer their credits to higher degree programs. Depending on the school, they could choose electronics specializations or related minors. A capstone design project could be required. Ten of the largest New Jersey schools that feature these programs are profiled below. Their offerings include:
- Electronics Technology
- Electronics Engineering Technology
- Electrical - Electronic Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Electromechanical Engineering
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College in Paramus is a public two-year school that educates over 17,000 students a year. Students can earn an associate's degree in electronics technology that may help prepare them for careers in electronic drafting, surveying, consumer electronics and technical support for various scientific, media and medical environments. In addition to taking classes in electronics, circuit analysis and technical writing, students may also take part in a co-op work experience.
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College offers over 50 associate's degree programs to almost 15,000 students at its campus in Lincroft. Its facilities include the Advanced Technology Center, which boasts an up-to-date electronics laboratory equipped with industry-standard equipment. This school offers a two-year associate's degree program in electronics technology that prepares students to immediately begin careers in electronics industries or transfer to electronics or engineering technology degree programs at four-year colleges and universities. The program includes topics of study ranging from analog and digital circuit operation to computer repair and network installation. Students gain hands-on experience in the electronics lab housed in the school's Advanced Technology Center.
Camden County College
Located in Blackwood, Camden County College provides two associate's degrees intended to prepare students to work in the electronics field immediately after graduation. The associate's degree in electrical-electronic engineering gives students the opportunity to use state-of-the-art electronic testing equipment and procedures as they learn how to create, test, monitor and maintain electronic devices. The associate's degree program in electromechanical engineering teaches students how to design, develop, test, program, install and maintain electromechanical systems in an engineering environment. Students who complete either of these programs may find employment as engineer's assistants and lab or production technicians.
Essex County College
Essex County College, located in Newark, offers a variety of engineering degree programs that can help prepare students either for transfer to a four-year institution or for immediate entrance into the workforce after graduation. The associate's degree in electronic engineering technology prepares students to assist engineers in designing, creating, installing, repairing and maintaining electric and electronic machines and instruments. Students will take classes in electric power, electronics and linear circuit analysis, among other topics.
Middlesex County College
Middlesex County College in Edison has an associate's degree in electrical engineering technology that helps students develop expertise in the design, analysis and manufacturing of electronic equipment. Students learn both in the classroom and in laboratories that are equipped with industrial-grade electronic equipment. Students can take classes in electronics technology, technical graphics, electronic circuits, electronic design and communication electronics. Students who graduate from this two-year community college can transfer credits to such four-year institutions as the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
According to the school, nearly 25 percent of New Jersey engineers have graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a four-year institution located in Newark. Important facilities at this school include the Center for Communications and Signal Processing Research. Students may earn a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with courses in devices and system design during the sophomore year and more in-depth engineering courses in the junior year. In the senior year, students may choose one of these possible specializations: computer systems; controls; power systems; telecommunications and networking; and electronic, microwave and photonic devices. They will also plan and complete a design project. At the graduate level, students may earn a master's or doctoral degree in electrical engineering. A graduate certificate in telecommunications networking is also available.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Rowan College at Burlington County in Pemberton is a two-year school with degree programs designed to prepare students for either professional positions or for transfer to four-year institutions. Students can pursue an associate's degree in electronics engineering technology that offers both a theoretical introduction to the field and practical laboratory experiences designed to develop hands-on skills. Students will take courses relating to physics, computer graphics, solid-state devices and different kinds of circuits.
Rowan University in Glassboro is a public, four-year school that has a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering. This curriculum covers such areas as telecommunications, energy, computer hardware and software design. All students will take classes related to electromagnetics, circuits, electronics and communication systems. Advanced students may take electives that allow specialization in nanotechnology, sustainable design and wireless communications. They can also get practical experience through eight semesters of classes in the engineering clinic. Students may choose to minor in electrical and computer engineering.
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Founded in 1766 in New Brunswick, this campus of Rutgers University is a major four-year public institution and the state university of New Jersey. It has two sister campuses in Camden and Newark. The bachelor's degree program in electrical and computer engineering has an option to specialize in electrical engineering, which requires four courses of electrical electives, two courses of technical electives and one capstone design elective. This degree program concludes with a capstone design project, which may be in one of three areas: electromagnetics and optoelectronics, electronic circuits or microelectronic processing. A Master of Business and Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering has five sub-concentrations, including one in solid-state electronics. Some course topics cover opto-electronics, transistor circuit design, solar cells and electron microscopy.
Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College in Trenton is a four-year institution with degree programs in more than 100 areas of study exclusively for adult students. There are six different degree programs directly related to electronics, including associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in both electrical technology and electronic engineering technology. Students may also earn an undergraduate certificate in electronics or an associate's degree in electrical systems and maintenance. Students who pursue the bachelor's degree program in electrical technology may later find employment as electricians or electrical machinery workers, while those who complete the bachelor's in electronics engineering technology will prepare for careers in such fields as computer hardware, avionics or communications. Alternatively, mid-career adults may pursue an associate's degree in electrical-mechanical systems and maintenance in order to enhance their professional prospects in a number of related fields.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Electronic Degree Programs||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Bergen Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology||$4,500 in-district; $8,154 in-state; $8,526 out-of-state|
|Brookdale Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Technology||$4,869 in-district; $7,963 in-state; $8,663 out-of-state|
|Camden County College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Electrical-Electronic Engineering,
Associate in Applied Science in Electromechanical Engineering
|$4,320 in-district; $4,440 in-state; $4,440 out-of-state|
|Essex County College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology||$4,995 in-district; $8,790 in-state; $8,790 out-of-state|
|Middlesex County College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology||$3,516 in-district; $7,032 in-state; $7,032 out-of-state|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||Four-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
|$17,338 in-state; $32,750 out-of-state|
|Rowan College at Burlington County||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology||$4,725 in-district; $5,235 in-state; $7,185 out-of-state|
|Rowan University||Four-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering||$13,697 in-state; $22,339 out-of-state*|
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||Four-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Master of Business and Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
|$14,974 in-state; $31,282 out-of-state|
|Thomas Edison State College||Four-year, public; small city|| Associate in Applied Science in Electrical-Mechanical Systems and Maintenance,
Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology in Electronics Engineering Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Applied Electronic Studies,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Electrical Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Electronics Engineering Technology
|$7,519 in-state; $9,967 out-of-state|
Source: *NCES College Navigator