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Associate of Science Degree
Electronics Technology

To acquire the Associate of Science Degree in Electronics Technology, students must complete the required major courses below with a grade of “C” or better along with one of the following: Rio Hondo College General Education and Proficiency requirements, California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE), or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ELEC 101 - D/C Electronic Circuits and DevicesM4.0
ELEC 101 - D/C Electronic Circuits and Devices (4.0 units)

Advisory: MATH 030 or MATH 030D or MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to the field of Direct Current (D/C) electricity/electronics. Emphasis is on the theory of operation, physical properties and characteristics of DC electrical/electronic circuits and devices. Students will analyze circuits and solve problems utilizing basic network analysis methods. The course will instruct students on the arrangement of circuit diagrams, proper identification of circuit/device symbols, and use of wiring schematics. Laboratory work provides experience with the design and test of basic electrical circuits, use of meters, schematic diagrams, oscilloscopes, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students that are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A. S. Degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

ELEC 108 - Introduction to Solid State Devices and CircuitsM4.0
ELEC 108 - Introduction to Solid State Devices and Circuits (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ELEC 101 and 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to solid state devices used in the field of electronics. Emphasis is on the theory of operation, methods of fabrication, physical properties, and characteristics of semiconductor devices and circuits. Devices considered include diodes, bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) and field effect transistors (FETs), special diodes, thyristors (i.e., silicon-controlled rectifiers, or SCRs), digital and analog integrated circuits (ICs), and typical applications of each device in amplifier, regulator, oscillator, timer, and digital circuits. Students analyze circuits and solve problems utilizing basic network analysis methods. Laboratory work provides experience with the design and testing of basic solid state device circuits, including signal tracing and troubleshooting, use of meters, schematic diagrams, oscilloscopes, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students who are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry, and is part of the preparation leading to an A.S. degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

Select one: MATH 150 / FIN 101 / MATH 062 / MATH 070 (RHC GE 2)GE3.0†
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 060, MATH 062, MATH 070, MATH 073, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

MATH 062 - Pre-Statistics (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course surveys a variety of mathematical topics to prepare students for college-level statistics. Topics include data analysis using ratios, rates and proportional reasoning, graphical and tabular displays of data, measures of central tendency and spread, computing probabilities, describing associations of two variables graphically, graphing equations of lines and linear models, and solving linear equations and inequalities. The course is for students in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences majors. It should not be taken by students majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or business.

MATH 070 - Intermediate Algebra (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU if taken prior to the Fall Semester, 1988

This course is designed for students who have completed an elementary algebra course and need to complete an additional course in algebra before proceeding to a college level transferable course. This course is a study of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, exponents and radicals, relations and functions, graphs of functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions and their applications. Students may enroll in MATH 070 in a lecture section for four units of credit or in individual one-unit modules: MATH 070A, 070B, 070C, and 070D in the Math and Science Center (MSC) or online. Modularized courses in the MSC must be taken sequentially over a maximum period of 24 months.

Total Semester Units:14.5† 
2nd Semester
ELEC 102 - A/C Electronic Circuits and DevicesM4.0
ELEC 102 - A/C Electronic Circuits and Devices (4.0 units)

Advisory MATH 030 or 030D or MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the field of Alternating Current (A/C) electricity/electronics. Emphasis is on the theory of operation, physical properties and characteristics of AC electrical/electronic circuits and devices. Students will analyze circuits and solve problems utilizing basic network analysis methods. The course will instruct students on the arrangement of circuit diagrams, proper identification of circuit/device symbols, and use of wiring schematics. Laboratory work provides experience with the design and test of basic electrical circuits, use of meters, schematic diagrams, oscilloscopes, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students that are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A. S. Degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

ELEC 109 - Linear, Analog Circuits and DevicesM4.0
ELEC 109 - Linear, Analog Circuits and Devices (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ELEC 101 and 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on linear analog circuits and devices used in the field of electronics. Emphasis is on the theory of operation, methods of fabrication, physical properties, and characteristics of operational amplifiers, other discrete circuits, and external circuitry. The course builds on the foundations students have learned in previous electronics courses, continuing the study of solid state devices and circuits with an emphasis on integrated circuits (ICs) and applications. Students analyze circuits and solve problems utilizing basic network analysis methods, exploring IC device characteristics and considering the topics of input/output impedance, drift, offset, bias current, gain, frequency response, and simple modeling. Device data sheets and application notes are introduced to provide training in the selection of devices for specific purposes. Laboratory work provides experience with the design and testing of basic solid state device circuits, including signal tracing and troubleshooting, use of meters, schematic diagrams, oscilloscopes, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students who are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A.S. degree in Electronics Technology.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150;
EGSS 130;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
POLS 128, 128H, 150;
SOC 148, 148H;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
3rd Semester
ELEC 111 - Introduction to Digital ElectronicsM4.0
ELEC 111 - Introduction to Digital Electronics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ELEC 101 and 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to digital electronic principles common to all areas of electronics. The course emphasizes the study of number systems and representations such as binary codes, hexadecimal codes, and Boolean algebra; and covers topics including analysis and design of combinational and sequential logic circuits, gates, adders, transistor-transistor logic (TTL), small- and medium-scale integrated devices, programmable logic, simulation of digital circuits and complementary metal–oxide–semiconductors (CMOSs), and emitter-coupled logic (ECL) families. Laboratory work also provides experience with the design and testing of basic digital circuits, use of meters, schematic diagrams, oscilloscopes, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students who are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A.S. degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151, 152 & 152L;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
EGSS 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
KIN 170, 190, 195
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 115, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114, 170, 180, 200;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148, 148H;
SPCH 150

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Total Semester Units:14.0 
4th Semester
ELEC 208 - Advanced Solid State Devices and CircuitsM4.0
ELEC 208 - Advanced Solid State Devices and Circuits (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ELEC 108
Transfers to: CSU

This course is a continuation of the study of solid state devices used in the field of electronics presented in the introductory course ELEC 108. Emphasis is on the theory of operation, physical properties and characteristics of advanced semiconductor devices and circuits. Devices considered are advanced design transistors, silicon controlled rectifiers (SCRs) and other digital and analog integrated circuits (ICs), typical applications of each device in inverters, converters, and switching power supplies. Students analyze circuits and solve problems utilizing basic network analysis methods with an emphasis on advanced biasing, cascading, coupling, and phase shifting. Laboratory work provides experience with the design and testing of advanced solid state device circuits including signal tracing and troubleshooting, schematic diagrams, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students who are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A.S. degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

ELEC 211 - Advanced Digital ElectronicsM4.0
ELEC 211 - Advanced Digital Electronics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ELEC 111
Transfers to: CSU

This course is a continuation of introduction to electronic digital principles common to all areas of electronics. Building on the foundations covered in ELEC 111, emphasis will be placed on the study of various types of Counters, A/D and D/A Converters, I-O Devices, Memories and an introduction to Micro Computers. Through laboratory work, students learn applications by constructing various circuits and devices. Advanced analysis and design of combinational and sequential Logic Circuits, Gates, Adders, TTL: small and medium scale integrated devices, programmable logic and simulation of digital circuits and ECL families will be covered. Laboratory work will also provide experience with the design and test of basic digital circuits, use of meters, schematic diagrams, oscilloscopes, and common laboratory equipment. This course is for students who are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A.S. degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 110, 130;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
5th Semester
ELEC 240 - Microprocessors and MicrocomputingM4.0
ELEC 240 - Microprocessors and Microcomputing (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ELEC 211
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides a fundamental knowledge of the general architecture of microcomputers. Emphasis is on the study of organization and structuring of the major hardware and software components of computers, including the central processing unit (CPU) and some of the input/output (I/O) devices used to interface the CPU to various peripheral devices. The course considers the physical aspects of information transfer and control within a digital computer, and emphasizes network architecture, communication protocol, microprogramming instruction sets, and assembly language programming. Laboratory exercises focus on construction and deconstruction of a basic computer and testing and troubleshooting critical functions. This course is for students who are contemplating a career in the electrical/electronics industry and is part of the preparation leading to an A.S. degree or a Certificate in Electronics Technology.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0
Notes:
If they complete transferable math they don't need to complete an additional COMM/ANALYTIC just elective.

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
GIS 120;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 251, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

ElectiveEL1.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
Total Units for Electronics Technology AS program 60.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will be able to become specialists in the applied electronics industry.


2

Students will be prepared for transfer and/or entry-level employment as electronics technicians.


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