Electronics is the branch of physics and technology concerned with the design of circuits using transistors and microchips, and with the behavior and movement of electrons in a semiconductor, conductor, vacuum, or gas. Electronics engineering is the branch of electrical engineering which deals with the uses of the electromagnetic spectrum and the application of such electronic devices as integrated circuits and transistors.
Career options for students who get a degree in electronics and electrical engineering include: aerospace engineer, broadcast engineer, design engineer, electrical engineer, IT consultant, and network engineer.
Edward Saenz was recently hired as a technician by Amazon Fulfillment Center. He is an example of a nontraditional student who returned to community college to gain new job skills and training.
“I learned about the ACE program at Norco College which offered a certificate in Automated Systems in seven months and I decided to pursue it,” said Saenz. I primarily chose this program because programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are the new big thing and there is a high demand for technicians in our region. Since finishing the ACE program, I am absolutely encouraged and excited about the growth potential in the field. The Norco College staff helped me every step of the way and before I knew it, I was enrolled and attending classes. I truly appreciate the staff at Norco College. I didn’t feel like a student, but rather a member of a team of people who all shared the same goals - to help us learn, complete this program, and find a job.”
Academic Programs in Electronics
The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
School Trailhead for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)|
Suggested Initial Coursework
|Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Math & Science - CSU Pathway
|Program Flyer (Electronics: Digital Electronics)||INFO|
|Program Flyer (Electrician)||INFO|
|Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)||INFO|
|California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system