Prepare to establish yourself as a successful, practicing Engineering Technologist.

BPS Degree Requirements

Focus on the application and implementation of engineering techniques

Graduates will use their math, science and engineering skills to design products and systems, install and maintain products, and provide a wide range of services, such as implementation of the design, testing, calibration and supervision of its operation. (American Society for Engineering Education)

The new Engineering Technology concentration prepares students to establish themselves as successful, practicing Engineering Technologists. Focus on the application and implementation of engineering techniques; analysis and critical thinking; and effective communication skills.

Choosing Engineering or Engineering Technology?

Engineering and Engineering Technology are separate but intimately related professions. Here are some of the ways they differ:

  • Engineering undergraduate programs include more mathematics work and higher-level mathematics than technology programs.
  • Engineering undergraduate programs often focus on theory, while technology programs focus on application.
  • Once they enter the workforce, engineering graduates typically spend their time planning, while engineering technology graduates spend their time making plans work.
  • Graduates from engineering programs are called engineers, while graduates of technology programs are often called "technologists.”

Program of Study — BPS Engineering Technology (ET) Concentration

Charger Foundations (General Ed - 41 Hours)
AGSC Area   Hours
I Freshman Composition 3-6
II1 Fine Arts 3
  Humanities (literature) 3
  Humanities (literature or non-literature) 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts 3
III Mathematics - Pre-Calculus Trig or higher 3-4
  Natural Sciences (lab) - General  Physics I and II, or higher 8
IV1 History 3
  Social & Behavioral Sciences (non-history) 6
   History/SBS 3
  1Take either 1 EH (Literature) + 2 HY (History) or 2 EH (Literature) + 1 HY (History). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.  
Pre-Professional Courses (10 Hours)
Mathematics MA 171 Calculus A OR higher 4
Basic Programming ENG 101 Computing for Engineers OR Equivalent 3
Statistics MSC 287 Business Statistics I OR MA 281 Elements of Statistical Analysis OR Equivalent 3
General Electives2 (29-32 Hours)
  2Up to 32 hours technical credit may be accepted as electives.  
Interdisciplinary Core (6-9 Hours)
PRO 301 Theories and Practices of Adult Learning (waived w/permission) 3
PRO 310 Academic Writing for Professional Studies 3
PRO 320 Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Critical Thinking 3
Engineering Technology (ET) Concentration (30 Hours)
PRO 331 Engineering Technology Foundations I 3
PRO 332 Engineering Technology Foundations II 3
PRO 315 Engineering Communications 3
PRO 333 Computer-Aided Design for ET 3
PRO 341 Introduction to Electrical Systems and Circuits 3
PRO 334 Principles of Statics for ET 3
PRO 335 Strength of Materials for ET 3
PRO 336 Principles of Dynamics for ET 3
PRO 431 Fundamentals of Manufacturing for ET 3
PRO 433 Instrumentations and Measurement Systems for ET 3
Total Degree Requirements
A note about Professional Studies (PRO) courses:
  • PRO 301 is held in a 7 week term and is offered either as a hybrid course, meeting one evening each week with the majority of the work being done online, or it can be taken completely online.
  • PRO 310 and PRO 320are held in 7 week terms and are offered completely online.


Course Equivalency Credits

Many UAH Engineering Technology courses teach similar skills and knowledge that students may have acquired through previous Engineering, Science, Math, and/or Programming coursework. Credit for completion of courses identified as “equivalent” may be applied towards degree requirements.


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Accepted as Equivalent Coursework*
  PRO Course UAH Equivalent (BPS ONLY)
  PRO 333 MAE 211
  PRO 334 MAE/CE 271
  PRO 335 MAE 370
  PRO 336 MAE/CE 272
  PRO 341 EE 213
  PRO 431 MAE 378
  PRO 433 MAE 311
  *CPS Advisor will review and verify transfer credits.

Why Engineering Technology?

Engineering technology may be described as the ‘practical applications arm’ of engineering. Once a project engineer has determined that an idea is theoretically feasible within the parameters observed in the physical world, the main task of the technologist is to translate the engineer’s idea into practical reality.”
IT Chronicles

Engineering Technology

About the concentration

Focus on the application of engineering techniques, analysis and critical thinking, and effective communication skills. Coursework will prepare students to become professional engineering technologists. Engineers typically spend their time planning, while Technologists spend their time making plans work!


    • Excellent mathematical skills
    • Outstanding oral and written communication capabilities
    • Comprehensive knowledge of Physics and other sciences
    • Troubleshooting and critical thinking skills
    • Analytical abilities
    • Technological skills, especially with design software (CAD, CREO, etc.)

    Potential Career Paths

    • Operations
    • Production
    • Manufacturing
    • Test and Evaluation
    • Product Design
    • Distribution and Sales
    • Service and Maintenance
    • Drafting
    • Engineering Technician
    • Field Engineer