Long Beach Schools for Degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology
Long Beach area students seeking a degree in electronics engineering technology have a couple of options, neither more than 25 minutes from the city center. This article explores those two schools and looks at the degree programs they offer. Information about the schools, such as enrollment, tuition and acceptance rates, is included in a table that prospective students can use to make an informed decision about their education. At the end of the article is a little information about some other area schools that offer related programs.
- Located right in Long Beach, just eight miles from downtown, is California State University - Long Beach (CSULB). This is a public institution that offers a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering technology.
- El Camino College (ECC), about 16 miles from Long Beach in Torrance, offers an Associate in Science in Electronics Technology. Although this program is not specifically focused on electronics engineering technology, many of the courses and concepts are useful for aspiring engineering technologists.
Comparison of Schools
Students need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents vital data in a way that makes it easy to compare these two institutions.
|California State University - Long Beach||El Camino College|
|School Type||Four-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||37,622*||24,349*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$6,730 in-state; $18,610 out-of-state*||$1,142 in-state; $5,846 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2017)||80%*||64%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||28%*||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||88% of full-time students; 66% of part-time students*||78% of full-time students; 53% of part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||69% (2% transfer-out rate) for those who began their studies in 2011*||32% (10% transfer-out rate) for those who began their studies in 2014*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
California State University - Long Beach
The College of Engineering offers a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering technology, which is designed to give students administration and supervision skills along with a technical understanding of electronics technology.
Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
This degree program can give students a broad foundation in a variety of electronics engineering fields. Students take fundamental courses in physics, calculus, circuit analysis and digital and solid-state electronics. The program then progresses to more advanced courses in control instrumentation, robot programming, telecommunications and industrial applications. The program includes several labs and has a fieldwork component. Graduates are positioned to enter the workforce as technologists in communications, aerospace, biomedical and chemical fields. Students who meet the university's general requirements for admission are qualified for admittance to this program.
El Camino College
Students at this college can enroll in an associate's degree to study electronics technology. The option is part of the Industry and Technology Division.
Associate in Science in Electronics Technology
This program is designed to give students an educational background in the basics of electronics technology. Students learn about electronic fabrication processes, semiconductor circuits, digital systems and hardware technologies. Graduates can find employment in the computer hardware industry, testing labs, the military and civilian electronics companies. The associate's degree takes 60 credit units to complete, and students can expect to earn between 32 and 34 of those credit units in electronics technology courses.
Other School Options
Students seeking a degree in the related field of electrical engineering can explore the programs offered at the University of Southern California and at Loyola Marymount University. Both schools are located about 18 miles north of Long Beach and offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering.