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ARCHIVED 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Technology (Applied Systems Technology), BS

The Engineering Technology (Applied Systems Technology) program is distinguished by its focus on applying theoretical principles to solve practical problems. Unlike traditional engineering programs, Engineering Technology students have more applied hands-on coursework based on current technologies. Students in this program learn about many topics related to product design and manufacturing. Topics include robotics and automation, materials, manufacturing processes, computer aided design (CAD), quality control and management.

Graduates of this program are employed in a wide variety of companies across the country, and will:

1. Apply their technical knowledge as practicing professionals or engage in graduate education.

2. Work successfully in their chosen career individually and within a professional team environment.

3. Engage in professional development in their profession by adapting to new technology and career challenges.

Total number of credits for the program: 125


The Engineering Technology - Applied Systems Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Liberal Studies Hours (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  


Four courses (12 credits) required for the concentration also meet Liberal Studies requirements: ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, and PHYS 230. Students are strongly advised to use these classes to meet Liberal Studies requirements. They should realize that if these courses are not taken to meet Liberal Studies requirements, they will still need to be completed for the BS Engineering degree and could result in a tuition surcharge. See Liberal Studies Program Requirements for a list of Liberal Studies courses.

Major Requirements

The major requires 95 credits, 12 of which (ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, and PHYS 130) also meet the Liberal Studies requirements:

Technical Electives

Technical Elective Credits (six credit hours). Students can select two of the pre-approved technical electives listed below:

Additional Requirements

Students who declare the Engineering Technology major with an Applied Systems Technology concentration will be admitted to the program if they place into Precalculus (MATH 146) or above. To continue in the major, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.3. Exceptions will be considered by the school on a case-by-case basis.

To graduate with an ET degree, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher for all courses in the major taken at Western Carolina University.

The mathematics, sciences, and first-year seminar courses that are required in the major may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies categories C2, C5, and FYS. 

Visit the school’s website to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.