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Students must complete all the requirements for one program option to be eligible for graduation. Requirements include courses focusing on their area of study, EST program general degree requirements and university core requirements.

Automation & Control Technology

This program option focuses on preparing students to work with automation control equipment such as Programmable Logic Controllers, motors and drive controls, sensors, pneumatics, actuators and other specialized hardware and software used in industry. Graduates are commonly placed as control engineers and planners.

Focused courses in this area include:

  • EST 305    Electronic Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • EST 307    Automation and Control Technology
  • EST 317    Industrial Human Machine Interfacing
  • EST 407    Industrial Networking and Systems Integration
  • EST 319D  Electronic Occupations Internship
  • EST 340    Application of Solid State Devices
  • EST 341    Digital Circuit Applications
  • EST 404    Communication Systems Management
  • EST 451    Current Trends in Electronic Systems Technology
  • ISAT 366   Applications of Technical Writing

Biomedical Equipment Technology

This program option provides the student with knowledge and skills to work as biomedical technicians and field engineers on medical equipment. Students gain an in-depth understanding of human anatomy, sensing and monitoring principles and biomedical equipment operation. A high level networking course is included in this track because of the growing importance of telemedicine in the field.

Focused courses in this area include:

  • EST 305           Electronic Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • EST 301           Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation
  • EST 311           Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory
  • EST 340           Application of Solid State Devices
  • EST 341           Digital Circuit Applications
  • EST 411           Imaging and Information Systems in Healthcare
  • EST 319A         Electronic Occupations Internship
  • EST 404           Communications Systems Management
  • EST 451           Current Trends in Electronic Systems Tech.
  • ISAT 335          WAN Network Installation and Administration
  • ISAT 366          Applications of Technical Writing

Networking & Telecommunications

This program option prepares students for careers in network installation, administration and security. Combined with a background in digital principles, data communications and hardware principles, EST graduates have a superb knowledge from the physical layer and up of data communications and the networking model.

Focused courses in this area include:

  • EST 305    Electronic Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • EST 302    Optical Electronics
  • EST 319C  Electronic Occupations Internship
  • EST 404    Communications Systems Management
  • EST 451    Current Trends in Electronic Systems Technologies
  • ISAT 316    Ethics & Security in Information Systems
  • ISAT 335    WAN Network Installation and Admin.
  • ISAT 415    Enterprise Network Management
  • ISAT 416    Advanced Enterprise Networking Management
  • ISAT 360    Network Security
  • ISAT 366    Applications of Technical Writing

Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Review Committee has certified that Southern Illinois University Carbondale courseware maps 100% to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards 4011 (for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI-4011) and 4013 (for System Administrators SA). The IACE Program provides consistency in training and education for the information assurance skills that are critical to our nation.