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The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.

Subject Type
Electronics Technology
Certificate of Applied Science

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year:

Course #

Course Description



CSCI   105 Computer Fluency 3
ETEC   105 DC Circuit Analysis 4
M        121 College Algebra 3
PSYX  100S Introduction to Psychology 4
WRIT  101** College Writing I** 3
Total 17
CSCI   113 Programming with C++ 3
ETEC   106 AC Circuit Analysis 3
ETEC   113 Circuits Lab 1
ETEC   250 Solid State Electronics 4
M        122 College Trigonometry 3
Total 14

Total Credits: 31

*This recommended schedule may not be appropriate for all students
**or WRIT 121 (Intro to Technical Writing I)

Course Descriptions

CSCI 105 Computer Fluency, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Introduces the skills and concepts of information technology, both from practical and a more theoretical point of view. During lectures and interactive computer labs, students will explore a wide range of digital and information technologies, including common PC applications, networking, databases, privacy, and security. Credit not allowed for both CSCI 105 and CRT 111 and CS 111.

CSCI 113 Programming with C++, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., M 090 (MAT 005) or equivalent. Object oriented programming using C++. Implementation of structured programming concepts along with construction of classes to create data types for defining objects.

ETEC 105 DC Circuit Analysis, 4 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 090. Introduction to direct current (DC) and analysis of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.  Topics include current, electrical quantities, electromagnetism, energy, equivalent circuits, magnetism, measurement instruments and units, network theorems, power, resistors, and voltage.  Laboratory experiments include circuit analysis, proper use of measurement equipment and techniques, and troubleshooting.  

ETEC 106 AC Circuit Analysis, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ETEC 105. Analysis of alternating current (AC) circuits and the behavior of capacitors, impedance, inductors, reactance, signal filters, and transformers. Laboratory experiments include circuit analysis, the use of proper measurement equipment, and troubleshooting.

ETEC 113 Circuits Lab, 1 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq/coreq., ETEC 105. Covers proper techniques of soldering and tool usage.  Basic electronic measurements, technical language and practical troubleshooting skills are involved.

ETEC 250 Solid State Electronics I, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., ETEC 105. An introduction to semiconductor technologies used in solid state electronics with an emphasis on diodes and transistors. Classroom concepts are reinforced in lab experiments. 

M 121 College Algebra, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 095 or ALEKS placement >4. Intended to strengthen algebra skills. The study of functions and their inverses: exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. Graphing calculator required.

M 122 College Trigonometry, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 121 or appropriate placement score. Preparation for calculus based on college algebra. Review of functions and their inverses, exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric functions and identities, polar coordinates and an optional topic such as conic sections or parametric functions will be presented. 

PSYX 100S Introduction to Psychology, 4 cr. Offered every term. Introduction to the scientific study of behavior in humans and other animals.

WRIT 101 College Writing I, 3 cr. Offered every term. Prereq., WRIT 095 or passing score on placement test. Instruction and practice in argumentation expository writing, and research processes.  Emphasis on the use of specific writing strategies to develop clarity, force of ideas, structure, style, and unity.  Students are expected to write without major errors in sentence structure or mechanics. Grading A-F, or NC.

WRIT 121 Introduction to Technical Writing, 3 cr. Offered every term. Course assumes basic computer literacy. Passing score on placement test or consent of instructor. Introduction to technical writing situations with appropriate formats. Emphasis on writing with document design and graphic placement introduced. Students are expected to write without major faults in grammar or usage.

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