Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Electronics Technology through several universities and colleges that offer programs online. Some schools require campus attendance for lab work, while other colleges make equipment and simulation programs available to home-based students or allow undergraduates to acquire their own instruments and complete all lab work remotely.
Associate of Applied Science
Online students take core courses, labs and related classes in electronics, along with classes in advanced math and technical writing.
Specialty classes include:
- Oscilloscope Techniques
- Circuitry and Circuit Boards
- Robots and Relays
- Digital and Analog Systems
- Measurement and Instrumentation
Bachelor of Science
While many bachelor's degree classes are the same as those offered in a distance learning associate degree program, bachelor's degree students can often specialize in a particular track for additional training in information technology, telecommunications or microelectronics. Certain online bachelor's degree programs also offer broad classes in business and management and require a senior project.
Algebra, calculus and physics classes are generally required. Other specialty courses include:
- Fiber Optics
- Applied Linear Technology
- Operational Amplifiers
An associate degree in electronics qualifies graduates for entry-level opportunities as computer service technicians, installation technicians, engineering assistants and electrical product specialists. Distance learning bachelor's degree programs prepare graduates for more advanced electronics careers in product design, systems development, systems integration or electronic engineering.
Online electronics undergraduate programs provide a general introduction to electronics, though bachelor's degree programs typically allow students to delve more deeply into the field. In addition to lecture-based coursework, which can easily be completed through virtual platforms, students can expect to complete practical labs, either on campus or by securing their own equipment and doing the work on their own.