Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology



K. C. Tracey, Chair; O. Odesina, D. Zanella (Dept. phone: 860-832-1830; fax: 860-832-1806; website:

Department Overview

The Department of Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology offers the following undergraduate BS degree and graduate MS degree programs:

  • BS in electronics technology
  • BS in computer engineering technology
  • BS in industrial technology with specializations in
    • graphics technology
    • networking technology
  • MS in computer information technology (see the Graduate Catalog for more information)

The mission of the Department of Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology is to provide educational opportunities in computer engineering, electronics, graphics, networking, and interrelated technological and managerial disciplines. We prepare students to meet dynamic technological challenges as leaders and members of technical design, engineering, and management teams. The programs respond to an increasing industry demand for highly qualified personnel who have a combination of technical and managerial skills. Therefore, this study includes a comprehensive knowledge of industrial processes and applied technologies, in addition to a background in general education. Providing a broad range of educational and career enhancement opportunities, the department prepares graduates for careers in rapidly changing technical fields.

Plans of Study

Students interested in technology programs may attend Central Connecticut State University full- or part-time. Part-time study permits a student to keep a full-time day job and enroll in courses in the late afternoon or evening. Full-time students may complete the programs in four years.


Major in Electronics Technology, BS (122 credits)

Advisor: D. Zanella (860-832-1841)

Accredited by NAIT

This degree prepares students to work as a member of an engineering team in applied design, product development, manufacturing, maintenance, or technical support/sales services in the electrical and electronic industries, which include telecommunications, control systems, manufacturing of electromechanical devices and computer services. There is a graduation requirement of a capstone assessment during a student's final year of study.

Core Requirements (24 credits)

TM 190Introduction to Quality Assurance 3
TM 310Industrial Safety 3
TM 362Leadership Skills for Supervisors 3
TM 401Industrial Internship 3
MGT 295Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior3
ENG 403 Technical Writing 3
AC 210 Principles of Industrial Accounting 3
MKT 295 Fundamentals of Marketing 3

Specialization Requirements (30 credits)

CEGT 200Seminar1
CET 113 Introduction to Information Processing3
CET 223 Basic Electrical Circuits3
CET 233 Advanced Electrical Circuits3
CET 323 Electronic Circuits3
CET 363 Digital Circuits3
CET 443 Electronic Communication3
CET 453 Microcomputers3
EMEC 303 Electromechanical Converters3
MFG 121 Technical Drafting & CAD3
CS 151Computer Science I3

CS 213Applications of Computing I3

Directed Electives (8 credits)

Chosen with an advisor.

General Education Requirements (44-46 credits)

ENG 110Freshman Composition3
COMM 140Public Speaking3
STAT 104Elementary Statistics3
MATH 115Trigonometry3
ECON 201Principles of Economics II3
CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry3
PHYS 111 Introductory Physics I3

Note: A minor is not required for this major.


Major in Computer Engineering Technology, BS (124 credits)

The BS in computer engineering technology (CET) was granted licensure in November 2004. The CET degree responds to the fact that computers and networks have been two of the leading technologies driving engineering job markets. As with many of the programs in the School of Technology, students explore hardware and software in a hands-on dedicated networking laboratory. Students will use computational methods, computers, and modern technical tools in engineering practice, in addition to learning about state-of-the-art technology in the areas of wired and wireless network communication, engineering design, advanced PC operating systems, internet technology, and computer programming.

As students gain knowledge of hardware and engineering processes and prepare to take industry-based certification exams, they can look forward to well-paying careers. Some will become systems administrators, network administrators, system designers, quality control engineers, and software developers. Others may find positions as information technologists, lab technicians, system maintenance experts, system testers, and help desk operators. There is a graduation requirement of a capstone assessment during a student's final year of study.

Core Requirements (27 credits)

ENGR 150 Introduction to Engineering3
ET 251 Applied Mechanics I-Statics3
ETM 260 CAD and Integrated Manufacturing 3

MFG 121 Technical Drafting & CAD3
ETM 356 Materials Analysis 3
ET 357 Strength of Materials 3
STAT 104 Elementary Statistics 3
ENG 403 Technical Writing 3
CS 151 Computer Science I 3

CS 213 Applications of Computing I3
CS 152 Computer Science II 3

CS 214 Applications of Computing II 3

Specialization Requirements (42 credits)

CEGT 200Seminar1
CET 113 Introduction to Information Processing 3
CET 201 Photonics Principles 3
CET 229 Computer Hardware Architecture3
CET 236 Circuit Analysis 3
CET 249 Introduction to Networking Technology3
CET 323 Electronic Circuits 3
CET 339 Computer System Administration3
CET 346 Signals & Systems 3
CET 349 Networking Devices 3
CET 363 Digital Circuits 3
CET 449 Advanced Networking 3
CET 453 Microcomputers 3
CET 466 Logic Design 3
CET 497Senior Seminar1
CET 498 Senior Project (Capstone) 2

Directed Electives (8 credits)

Suggested directed electives. Other courses may be selected in consultation with an advisor.

CET 301 Fiber-Optics Communications 3
CET 459 Network Security Technologies 3
CET 479 Internet Technologies 3
CS 153 Computer Science III 3

(MATH 152/221 required)

General Education Requirements (44-46 credits)

Computer engineering technology majors are required to complete the following courses as part of their general education for all baccalaureate degree programs:

ENG 110Freshman Composition3
COMM 140Public Speaking3
MATH 135 Applied Engineering Calculus I3

MATH 136 Applied Engineering Calculus II3

MATH 152 Calculus I4

MATH 221Calculus II4
PHYS 121General Physics I4

PHYS 122 General Physics II4

PHYS 125University Physics I4

PHYS 126University Physics II4

Major in Industrial Technology, BS (122 credits)

Accredited by NAIT

Technology majors, regardless of the program selected, are required to complete a common core of 24 credits in technical and management courses as part of their program. The core courses and general education requirements for this degree are the same as those listed in the electronics technology major on this page. There is a graduation requirement of a capstone assessment during a student's final year of study.


Specialization in Graphics Technology

Advisors: O. Odesina (860-832-1833) and K. Tracey (860-832-1842)

The graphics technology program prepares students for the field of graphic arts and printing technology, which transfers ink to paper and other substrates to make catalogs, brochures, broadsides, packaging, labels, magazines, signage, newspapers, and many other printed items. Students learn to work with as a design team on communications to be printed or manipulated digitally. The program offers a broad background of experiences and knowledge. Techniques covered include: flexography, photography, direct-to-press, digital imaging, offset lithography, sign making, color manipulation, typography, die-cutting, package design, electronic file manipulation, repurposing for web-page applications including virtual reality, 2D and 3D animation.

Specialization Requirements (31 credits)

CS 110Introduction to Internet Programming & Applications3
ART 120Design I3
CEGT 200Seminar1
CET 113Introduction to Information Processing3
GRT 112Digital Imaging for Graphics Technology3
GRT 212Graphic Arts Processes3
GRT 242Introduction to Graphic Design and Color3
GRT 342Screen Printing and Post-Press Operation3
GRT 362Estimating and Scheduling for Graphics Technology3
GRT 442Print Production3
GRT 462Advanced Graphic Arts Techniques3

Directed Electives (9 credits)                                                            

Selected in consultation with advisor

Specialization in Networking Technology

Advisor: K. Tracey (860-832-1842)

The networking technology specialization prepares individuals to enter into the evolving world of information technology, dealing with computer hardware and software, as well as the peripheral devices closely associated with computer-based systems. The curriculum focuses on local and wide area network design, administration, and internet technologies. Analytically based mathematics, computer science, electronics, and business courses round out the program.

Specialization Requirements (28 credits)

CEGT 200Seminar1
CET 113Introduction to Information Processing3
CET 223 Basic Electrical Circuits 3
CET 229Computer Hardware Architecture3
CET 249Introduction to Networking Technology3
CET 339Computer System Administration3
CET 349Networking Devices3
CET 363Digital Circuits3
CET 449Advanced Networking3
CET 479Internet Technologies3

Directed Electives (11 credits)

Selected in consultation with advisor

Note: A minor is not required for this major.


Minor in Networking Technology (18 credits)

CET 223Basic Electrical Circuits 3
CET 229Computer Hardware Architecture 3
CET 249Introduction to Networking Technology 3
CET 349Networking Devices 3
CET 363Digital Circuits 3
CET 449Advanced Networking 3
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