Studies & Degrees in Electronic Science
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Are you a college or university-level student who has always been fascinated by and/or curious about how certain products operate and are built, especially electronic-based products? Have you considered pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electronic Science? The Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Science is the perfect program for the science and math-inclined and for anyone who enjoys the challenge of studying, building, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing electronic products. To give you an idea what this program entails, below we will briefly define the discipline and the content of the course, provide an outline of some of the more common core classes and highlight some of the requirements for admission into the program.
About Electronic Science
Electronic Science is a degree program offered at colleges and universities throughout the world, typically through the departments of physics, engineering and technology. The discipline is a branch of science that deals directly with electrical circuits that involve active electrical components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits. Students in the program will be introduced to the behavior of these active components and their ability to control electron flow, as well as the ability for electronic devices to act as switches, thus making digital information processing possible.
Electronic Science is not to be confused with electrical and electro-mechanical science and technology, as these disciplines deal primarily with the generation, distribution, switching, storage and conversion of electrical energy to and from other energy forms using wires, motors, batteries, switches, relays, transformers, resistors and other passive components.
The distinction between active and passive components, thus differentiating Electronic Science from Electrical Science, is thought to have started around the turn of the century, specifically in 1906 when Lee De Forest invented the triode. This device made electrical amplification of weak radio signals and audio signals possible with a non-mechanical device. From that point forward, until around 1950, Electronic Science was called “radio technology” because the principal application of the discipline was the design and study of radio transmitters, receivers and vacuum tubes. Today, however, because most electronic devices use semiconductor or active components to perform electron control, the field has expanded considerably and now bears the name Electronic Science. The reason that both the physics and engineering departments offer a degree program in Electronic Science is that the study of semiconductor devices and related technology is a branch of solid-state physics, while the design and construction of electrical circuits to solve practical problems comes under the field of electronics engineering.
Electronic Science: Course Offerings and Eligibility Requirements
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Electronic Science is typically a four to five-year course of study. It involves core coursework in the discipline (both theory and methodology), as well as a number of general education classes required by the college or university. General education requirements usually include a cross-section of fine arts and humanities, including English composition; mathematics and natural science, including introductory courses in Physics and Technical Mathematics; social and behavioral science; and, in a select number of institutions, speech and physical education. The core courses for the B.S. in Electronic Science, although their exact titles will vary from one institution to another, include:
- Logic Circuits I and II
- Electronic Design Software Tools
- AC circuits
- DC circuits
- Troubleshooting and Repair of AC and DC Circuits
- Introduction to Electronics
- Electrical Devices I and II
- Programming Logic Controllers
- Biomedical Electronics
- Network + Certification
- Introduction to Photonics
- Geometrical Optics
- Introduction to Robotics
- And many more…
Students who plan to enroll in the B.S. degree program in Electronic Science must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and have a strong background in mathematics, science and technology, demonstrated by above average marks in these areas. Many institutions will also require a passing score on an entrance examination prior to admission.