Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by rgoodman, Sep 13, 2001.
Could some one complete an engineering/technology degree through DL? Did anyone try this?
I looked into this at one time for myself. California National University offers a D/L Bachelor of Science in Engineering. It is accredited by DETC but NOT by ABET, the recognized professional body. Their degree might get you in to the P/E exam in some states. www.cnuas.edu is thier web site.
You might want to read this thread: http://www.degreeinfo.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/001348.html . It is a bit negative because the poster was looking for a ChemE degree, which is difficult via DL. This excellent Aussie school was mentioned andt offers a BS Engineering degree: http://www.monash.edu.au/info/studyat/
If you look at the site, keep in mind that a "course" in Aussie terms is a "degree program" in U.S. terms.
You might also take a peek at the Civil Engineering thread that appeared today.
Excelsior (formerly Regents College) offers several engineering technology degrees.
The Excelsior Technology degrees are also ABET accredited.
My understanding is that ABET is pretty adamant about the necessity of laboratory experiences in engineering education. So does Excelsior require students to take on-site lab classes elsewhere and then transfer them into the program?
My research leads me to believe it would be difficult to get an decent undergraduate engineering/technology degree through DL. Most engineering/technological programs require hands-on labs to complete. While one can do most computer science labs remotely, things like chemistry labs, physics labs, electrical engineering labs, etc. are diffcult to do outside of a facility with the proper equipment. I have not deeply looked into foreign DL undergrad programs but it appeared to me that some of them required you to sometimes physically go to a campus for "practical work".
If you are talking about graduate school the story changes. Amazingly, you can complete some technical masters degrees without darkening the door of a lab. Depending on your chosen field, which you did not specify, you can get masters degrees in some technical fields by DL. In electrical engineering, my chosen thang, one can earn DL MSEEs from U of IL (Urbana-Champaign), Georgia Institute of Technology, NTU and U of Idaho, for example. MSEE seems fairly popular by DL; other fields may not be doable by this method.
Best of luck,
5th year undergrad in EE @ IIT
The degree may very well require a lab component. I know when I received my Excelsior degree in physics a lab was required and I was able to pick the labs up in my spare time at a local university. One would have to check with Excelsior in more detail as to the requirements for the degree and also what learning resource recommendations are made. From their web site the BEE degree reguires 48 sem. hrs. in the electrical engineering technology area.
Surely you can! Well, I just started Project Management with the University of Aberdeen. So, if you are looking for an option in Britain / Scotland try http://www.scottishknowledge.com/courses/courses.cfm for a list of courses, or the ICDL http://www-icdl.open.ac.uk/browse_courses.ihtml. Hope that helps.
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