Computer Systems Technology

Rex N. Fisher, Department Chair
Gordon J. Black, Thomas M. Crapo
Kenna Carter, Secretary (208)356-1862

The Department of Electronics Engineering Technology offers two Specialized Associates Degree programs to satisfy a wide variety of needs: 1) Electronics Engineering Technology, and 2) Computer Systems Technology.

Students are taught how to combine scientific knowledge and methods with technical abilities to solve problems and design electronic circuits in support of engineering activities. Extensive laboratory and computer experience is included with all course work.

Computer Systems Technology Program

This degree focuses on the hardware and software of computers, including electronic circuits, microprocessors, computer architecture, networking, interfacing, and programming. It bridges the gap between the mostly-software content of Computer Science or Information Systems and traditional Electronics Engineering Technology programs that emphasize hardware. Graduates get jobs in configuring, troubleshooting, and repairing computers and networks. They may also pursue a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering Technology at another university. The Specialized Associates Degree in Computer Systems Technology is a new program that will apply for TAC/ABET accreditation when Electronics Engineering Technology renews its accreditation.

(Computer Science and Information Systems are listed elsewhere in this catalog.)


The state-of-the-art facilities, located in the Mark Austin Engineering and Technology Building, include two classrooms, two large and well-equipped electronics laboratories, one computer laboratory, and a two-way communications radio laboratory. Students learn electronics and computer theory, then test, verify, and apply it using the latest instrumentation and equipment. This hands-on experience helps prepare them for intriguing and challenging careers.

Career Outlook

The number of career opportunities for people with computer and electronics degrees is growing much faster than the average job market. The employment outlook for technicians with two-year degrees is excellent. Many of our graduates become technicians at companies such as Intel and Micron for very high starting salaries. Those who continue their education for two more years at another university are even more in demand by industry.

Recommended High School Preparation

Students desiring to major in these programs should take algebra, trigonometry, and physics in high school. Additional courses in math and science such as geometry and chemistry are extremely helpful. Courses in speech and writing are encouraged as well, because proficiency in oral and written communication is important.

For students who need additional preparation, introductory courses in math, science, English, and electronics are offered during the summer. These courses can be taken before starting the program in the Fall. Those who need to strengthen their math background should take Intermediate Algebra (Math 101). Basic Electricity (ET 135) is available for students wishing to get some fundamental electronics background. Digital Circuits (EET 151), which is a basic course required by both majors, is also offered in the summer.


Outstanding students may apply for scholarships by contacting the Scholarship Office at (208) 356-1087.

Some departmental scholarships are available based on academic merit and financial need. To be considered for one of these, a student must: 1. Be admitted to Brigham Young University-Idaho . 2. Declare Electronics Engineering Technology (056) or Computer Systems Technology (162) as his or her major. 3. Enroll in the correct Electronics Engineering Technology classes. 4. Complete the scholarship application available from the Electronics Engineering Technology office.


This curriculum is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Information about these accreditation standards may be obtained by calling (410) 347-7705, by writing to Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, or by visiting their web site at

Specialized Associates Degree in Computer Systems Technology (162)

A total of 68 credits is required for graduation.

Take these courses:

EET 151 Digital Circuits               3
EET 152 DC Circuits                    3
EET 153 Semiconductors                 4
EET 154 AC Circuits                    4
EET 255 Microprocessors                3
CST 220 Comp Architecture              3
CST 225 Comp Networking                3
CS 144 Intro to SW Devel               3
CS 145 SW Design & Devel               3
CS 235 Data Structures                 3
IS 140 Microcomputer Apps              3
Math 110 College Algebra               3
Math 111 Trigonometry                  2
Math 112  Calculus I                   4
Ph 121 Principles of Phys              3
Chem 105 General Chemistry             4

Note: Students with strong math backgrounds may choose to take Math 112 without first completing Math 110 and Math 111. After passing Math 112, the additional five required math credits may be received by applying for vertical credit at the Registration window. A small fee is charged.

General Education Requirements

Take these courses:
Religion                               8
Eng 111 College Writing                3
Eng 316 Adv Tech Writing               3
Social Science                         3

Recommended normal sequence of courses:

First Semester

Religion Course                        2
EET 151                                3
EET 152                                3
CS 144 or IS 140                       3
Math 110                               3
Eng 111                                3
Total Credits                         17

Second Semester
Religion Course                        2
EET 153                                4
EET 154                                4
CS 144 or IS 140                       3
Math 111                               2
Total Credits                         15

Third Semester
Religion Course                        2
CST 220                                3
CS 145                                 3
Math 112                               4
Eng 316                                3
Ph 121                                 3
Total Credits                         18

Fourth Semester
Religion Course                        2
EET 255                                3
CST 225                                3
CS 235                                 3
Chem 105                               4
Social Science                         3
Total Credits                         18

Electronics Engineering Technology

EET 135 Basic Electricity (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: High School Algebra
Survey of Ohm's law, basic electricity and basic electronics. Recommended for non-EET majors, or those investigating the major. DC and AC principles. Fundamentals of Series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Magnetism, inductance, and capacitance. Also covers linear and digital integrated circuits. Laboratory exercises are included. (F,W,Su)

EET 151 Digital Circuits (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: High School Algebra
Introduction to digital electronics. Number systems, truth tables, Boolean algebra, and Karnaugh maps. Combinational logic circuits: SSI devices (AND, OR, NAND, etc.), and MSI devices (MUX, DX, ALU, etc.). Sequential logic circuits: flip-flops, counters, and shift registers. State machine design and analysis. Also covers basic construction skills such as soldering and wire-wrapping. Students must design and build a project that uses sequential logic and a programmable logic device. A Student presentation is required. Computers are used to simulate logic circuits, program PLDs, and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included. (F,W,Su)

EET 152 DC Circuits (3:3:0)
Corequisite: Math 110
Introduction to Direct Current circuits and Ohm's law. In-depth coverage of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Efficiency, internal resistance of sources, and maximum power transfer . Kirchoff's laws, network theorems, and Delta-Wye transformation. Magnetism and DC characteristics of inductors and capacitors. Student presentations are required. Computers are used to simulate DC circuits and write research reports.

EET 153 Semiconductors (4:6:0)
Prerequisite: EET 152
Introduction to semiconductor devices. Principles of rectifiers, zener diodes, and other pn junction devices. Diode applications such as voltage rectifiers, voltage multipliers, voltage regulators, clippers, and clampers. Principles, biasing, modeling, and small signal applications of bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors. Students must design, build, and demonstrate a linear power supply that meets given specifications. A Student presentation is required. Computers are used to simulate semiconductor circuits and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included.

EET 154 AC Circuits (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: EET 152
Corequisite: Math 111
Introduction to Alternating Current circuits. AC characteristics of inductors and capacitors. Phasor algebra is used to analyze AC circuits. Network theorems are applied to complex AC circuits. Resonant circuits and harmonics. Analysis of non-sinusoidal wave forms. Student presentations are required. Computers are used to simulate AC circuits and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included. (F,W,Su)

EET 250 Troubleshooting (3:5:0)
Prerequisite: EET 153
Identify and repair trouble-symptoms in TVs, radios, tape recorders, VCRs, and CD players. Students use proper instrumentation to isolate the malfunction to a particular component. Defective components are replaced to restore normal operation. Student presentations are required. Computers are used to control instruments and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included.

EET 251 Electronic Circuits (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: EET 153
Introduction to electronic control systems, feedback control theory, and Programmable Logic Controllers. Electromechanical components: sensors, motors, and driver circuits. Mechanics: gears, springs, friction, and inertia. Interface circuits between mechanics and electronics. Student presentations covering some of the class topics are required. Computers are used to program PLCs, create graphics for class presentations and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included. (F)

EET 252 Communications Circuits (3:6:0)
Prerequisites: EET 153, EET 154
Introduction to analog and digital electronic communication. Theory of amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, pulse modulation, antennas and transmission lines. Transmitters, receivers, oscillators, and antennas are built and tested. Student presentations are required. Computers are used to transmit and receive digital information, document projects, and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included. (W)

EET 253 Linear Integrated Circuits (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: EET 153
Operational amplifiers, comparators, and active filters. Power control circuits. DACs, ADCs, and programmable timers. Special measurement techniques. A student project and presentation are required. Computers are used to prepare the presentation and write reports. Laboratory exercises are included. (F)

EET 255 Microprocessors & Microcontrollers (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: EET 151
Microprocessor architecture and operation: internal state machine, registers, and microcode. Microprocessor systems: direct memory access, interrupts, and interfacing to memory and I/O (including programmable ports). Applications of state machines, ROM-controllers, microprocessors, and microcontrollers. Troubleshooting with an emulator. Students must design, build, and present to the class an approved project that uses a microcontroller. Computers are used to program PROMS, PLDs, and microcontrollers, as well as to write reports. Laboratory exercises are included. (W)

EET 298 Electronics Technology Work Experience 1 - 4
Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair
Work experience with selected Electronics firms. Work period may be arranged during a summer term.

Computer Systems Technology

CST 220 Computer Architecture (3:5:0)
Prerequisite: EET 151
This class focuses on the hardware of the IBM PC. The functions of the system board, expansion cards, storage devices, etc. are covered. Emphasis is on the operational characteristics of each device or system (both hardware and software drivers). Students also learn how to assemble, upgrade, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance on PCs through lab exercises. (F, Su)

CST 225 Computer Networking & Interfacing (3:5:0)
Prerequisite: CST 220
Networking: Topologies (star, bus, token-ring, etc.), protocols (Ethernet, TCP/IP, etc.), and media (UTP, Coax, fiber, etc.) are covered. Emphasis is on operation, installation, and configuration of network hardware (NICs, hubs, switches, bridges, routers, etc.) Students install and configure the hardware and software for a local area network. Interfacing: Serial, parallel, GPIB, and USB hardware and protocols. Various devices (from robots to RC cars) are interfaced and operated. (W)

Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)

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