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    East Tennessee State University
  Feb 17, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Engineering Technology Major, B.S. (Product Development Concentration)

College of Business and Technology

Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying

Engineering Technology Program Information

Main Office

213 Wilson Wallis Hall
ETSU Box 70552
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-7822 (Voice)
(423) 439-7830 (Fax - Admin)
(423) 439-7750 (Fax - Faculty)


The Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying, a unit of the College of Business and Technology [CBAT], is one of the largest and most academically diverse units of East Tennessee State University. The Department offers undergraduate degree programs in numerous concentrations, undergraduate minors in two areas, and graduate degree programs in three concentrations. The Engineering Technology program is accredited through ABET. Additionally, there are many majors and/or programs that are available through the Academic Common Market allowing out-of-state students to enroll at ETSU at in-state tuition rates.

The department’s administrative and faculty offices are housed in Wilson-Wallis Hall.

Work done for an Associate Degree will not substitute for 4xxx level work.

Product Development Concentration

The Product Development concentration is a multidisciplinary, manufacturing-based curriculum designed to educate and prepare students to be multifunctional, creative, and knowledgeable leaders and team members of product design teams. Graduates are able to apply their knowledge and understanding of the product development processes and new product realization.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 128

General Education Requirements: 41 Credit Hours

Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


Complete the following:

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 credits, consisting of both of the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of the following lectures and labs:


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website

Product Development Core Requirements: 20 Credit Hours

For Specialty Sequence Requirements, choose ONE of the following sets:

  • Electronics & Communications and Manufacturing & Materials Specialty Sequences OR
  • Electronics & Communications and Digital Media & Visualization Specialty Sequences OR
  • Electronics & Communications and Construction & Architectural Specialty Sequences OR
  • Manufacturing & Materials and Digital Media & Visualization Specialty Sequences OR
  • Manufacturing & Materials and Construction & Architectural Specialty Sequences

Specialty Sequence Requirements: 27 Credit Hours

Choose two of the  four specialty sequence of courses to complete 27 credits (either the Electronics & Communications and/or the Manufacturing & Materials Specialty Sequence must be chosen):

See Note 6

Specialty Engineering Technology Sequences

(Choose one or both)

Electronics & Communications Specialty Sequence:


Complete at least one or more of the following to complete credits in specialty sequence:

Manufacturing & Materials Specialty Sequence:

Required (see Note 3):

Complete at least one or more of the following to complete credits in specialty sequence:

Specialty Technical Support Sequences

(Choose either both above or one below)

Digital Media & Visualization Specialty Sequence: 14-15 Credit Hours

Choose at least one of the following:

Construction & Architectural Specialty Sequence: 12-14 Credit Hours

Required (see Note 7):

Complete at least two or more of the following to complete credits in specialty sequence (see Note 7):

Minor: no minor required


1 For details regarding specific block requirements and course selection, see General Education Requirements .

2 MATH 1840 , MATH 1850 , MATH 1910 , or MATH 1920  may satisfy the General Education Math requirement.

3 Cooperative Education (ENTC 4989 /ENTC 4999 ) may be substituted for ENTC 4600  and/or ENTC 3600 .

4 MATH 1910  MATH 1920  will satisfy the MATH 1840 /MATH 1850  and MATH 1720  sequence.

5 CHEM 1120 /CHEM 1121  or HSCI 2010 /HSCI 2011  may be substituted for PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2021 

6 In special cases and only with the approval of a PDEV program advisor, a student may develop an individualized sequence of specialty Engineering Technology and Technical Support courses selected with the goal of developing proven technical understanding and competence in one or two product development areas.

7 INTD 1115  may be substituted for ENTC 2160  for students taking INTD 2110 .

Transferring Policy

All non-technology coursework such as English, mathematics, and science is evaluated for transfer by an analyst in the Office of Admissions. All technology coursework submitted for transfer will be analyzed by the department chair or the appropriate program coordinator. The following criteria apply:

  1. Coursework must have been taken at a regionally accredited two- or four-year institution.
  2. Coursework must be equivalent to an ETSU course; if not, it will count as elective credit.
  3. Only coursework for which a grade of C (2.0) or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit for courses in English, mathematics, science, and technology.
  4. No associate degree coursework will be accepted for Engineering Technology coursework at the 4xxx level.

Upon admission, the transfer student may consult the corresponding academic advisor for an agreement listing the coursework that must be successfully completed by the student.

Students contemplating the transfer of their technology-based associate degree should read the policy statement regarding transfer student admissions elsewhere in this catalog and confer with the corresponding academic advisor with the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying.

Additional Information

Click here to view the Product Development Concentration Suggested Course Sequence