New UAH Degree with Focus on Engineering Technology

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July 29, 2020

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) now offers individuals the opportunity to study Engineering Technology, a concentration available as part of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BPS).  The College of Professional Studies (CPS) is seeing considerable interest in the new program, adding faculty with expertise in teaching application-based Engineering, and is experiencing a steady increase in student enrollment of 30+ for fall term.

The expansion of the high-tech economy in North Alabama has prompted an increase in demand for a technically prepared workforce.  Whether it is in the automotive, construction, advanced manufacturing, aerospace or defense industry, local jobs require employees with a strong understanding of and practical competencies in the field of technology.

“UAH recognizes a need for skilled professionals that can support our engineering workforce,” Dean Karen M. Clanton says. “The differences between engineering and engineering technology are not always obvious.”

While the topics of the core courses in both programs seem similar, engineering technology emphasizes the application of engineering techniques, while engineering focuses on theory and the development of concepts. Graduates of engineering technology and engineering programs complement each other in skills and interests.

The BPS degree and concentration are designed to provide participants with flexibility and individualized support. Courses are available online and in blended formats. Students can apply transferred credits for up to 75 percent of the degree, including ACE recommended credit for military training, and up to 32 hours of technical credits. There is also the option to receive course equivalencies for previously completed coursework in engineering.

Learn more details at, sign up for an online information session, or set up a personalized appointment by contacting, 256.824.6673.

Kellee Crawford, Academic Support Specialist, (256) 824-6673