Why Audio Engineering Technology at Lawrence Tech?

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From music to movies and from industrial to environmental applications, audio engineers play an integral role in bringing arts and entertainment – and even the sciences – to life. They combine creativity with their technical background to record, process, and ultimately create sound. A constantly changing field driven by advancing technology, audio engineering offers a wide variety of opportunities, and prospects for employment are expected to grow faster than average over the next several years. Broadcasting networks, multimedia firms, recording studios, theater productions, amusement parks, computer games, and film and video are just a handful of the industries that hire audio engineers.

To succeed in this competitive and evolving field, you need a solid foundation in the fundamentals of electronics, music theory, and sound technology – past, present, and future. Lawrence Technological University’s Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering Technology blends the concepts of classical audio engineering with modern-day applications, including multimedia components, digital technology, computers, and network systems to give you a strong set of skills with which to enter the field

In keeping with the University’s commitment to theory and practice, the program features a strong laboratory component, allowing you to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world settings. The BS in Audio Engineering Technology encourages learning through hands-on projects in recording studios and electronics labs, using state-of-the-art equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generators, and frequency counters to test and verify the operation of commercial audio products.

At our off-campus studio located in Plymouth, Michigan, you will experiment with a variety of recording hardware and software applications, including Pro Tools, and explore sound mixing techniques, processing and production skills, microphone usage, digital recording, and more. Whether you are a seasoned musician or a novice, you will learn basic performance skills and how elementary music theory applies to audio engineering. You will gain knowledge of audio standards as well as musical instrument digital interface, or MIDI, which is widely used in the audio and music industries. Please note, that you will have to provide your own transportation to the off-campus studio. 

In addition to the music principles of sound, the BS in Audio Engineering Technology at Lawrence Tech focuses on electronics, covering the latest in audio transmission through hardware, fiber, and wireless technologies, as well as acoustics – the physics behind sound. This 126-credit-hour program prepares you to graduate with an in-depth knowledge of one or more of the following topics: analog audio systems, digital audio systems, audio production, and audio application.

At Lawrence Tech, you not only benefit from individual attention, engaging classes, and a high-tech learning environment, but you are also exposed to leadership education throughout your studies. The University’s Leadership Program, integrated into all undergraduate curricula, prepares you not only to compete within your profession, but also to lead it.

Careers

bs-audio-engineering.jpgGraduates with a degree in Audio Engineering Technology have many career options:

  • Advertising and public relations
  • Audiology
  • Audio systems design
  • Broadcasting
  • Film and video
  • Industrial and environmental sciences
  • Music and Performing arts
  • Sports and entertainment
  • Technical sales and marketing

Curriculum

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Freshman Year


FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.

MCS 1142

Intro. to C 2
MCS 1113 Technical Math 1 3
COM 1103 English Composition 3
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
PHY 1063 Technical Physics 1 3
PHY 1100 Technical Physics 1 Lab 0
TAS 1013 Music for Audio Tech. 1 3
TOTAL 15    
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
MCS 1123 Technical Math 2 3
PHY 1083 Technical Physics 2 3
PHY 1101 Technical Physics 2 Lab 1
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
TAS 1033 Music for Audio Tech. 2 3
SSC 2303 Principles of Economics 3

TOTAL 16

   
Sophomore Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
MCS 2313 Technical Calculus 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
TEE 2003 Intro. to Circuit. Analysis 3
TAS 3033 Audio Principles 1 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models & Practices 1
TOTAL 16    
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
TAS 3043 Audio Principles 2 3
CHM 3144 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
TEE 2033 Electronics 1 3
TEE 3103 DC/AC Circuits 3
SSC 2423 Development of Amer. Exp. 3

TOTAL 16

   
Junior Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 3
TAS 3013 Adv. Audio Principles 1 3
TAS 3034 Audio Acoustics 4
TEE 2053 Electronics 2 3
TME 3333 Six Sigma 1 3
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0
TOTAL 15    
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
TEE 2093 Electronics 3 3
TAS 3053 Adv. Audio Principles 2 3
TME 3113 Engr. Mechanics 3
TIE 3163 Engr. Economic Analysis 3
Open Elective Open Elective 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 3

TOTAL 15

   
Senior Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
TAS 4103 Audio Senior Project 3
TAS 4133 Audio System Integration 3
TIE 3203 Technical Project Management 3
Junior/Senior Tech. Elective Junior/Senior Tech. Elective 3
TOTAL 15    
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
TAS 4142 State of Art Sound Appl. Seminar 2
TEE 4214 Embedded Processors 4
TIE 4115 Senior Project 5
MCS 3324 Applied Calc. & Differential Equations 4
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0

TOTAL 15

   



Outcomes + Objectives

Educational Objectives

The objective is to provide students with a strong understanding of the fundamental principles and practical application of audio engineering technology. Students will also be prepared to:

  1. Identify the problem, formulate and analyze engineering alternatives, and solve the problem individually as well as in a team environment;
  2. Assume management and leadership roles in the audio technology industry;
  3. Communicate effectively in a professional engineering environment; and
  4. Pursue professional careers and engage in life-long learning. 

 

Student Outcomes

The educational outcomes of the Department of Engineering Technology at Lawrence Technological University are to produce graduates with:

  • an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  • an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures and methodologies;
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to each project’s objectives;
  • an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  • an ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and us appropriate technical literature;
  • an understanding of the need for, and an ability to engage, in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  • a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and 
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. 


Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions about the Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering Technology, call 248.204.2060.

Please note, this degree requires students to provide their own transportation to the off-campus studio.