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Information Technology and Networking

Associate Degree Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems

Help Bring Tech Into the Future With Automation

Understand the building blocks of electronic systems through an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems from DeVry University. Through our Automation and Electronics System Specialization, you’ll build a foundation of skills to help you stay competitive in today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy. Additionally, with our Tech Core curriculum, you’ll get hands-on learning, experience real-world IoT simulations and build a solid foundation in technology you can put to work tomorrow.

Get to Know Our Electronic Systems and Automation Degree Specialization

If you’re interested in technology and want to provide greater quality, safety and control in the production of goods and services, then our Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems might be right for you. Our program offers hands-on, experiential learning and helpful insights to the industry from our faculty. You’ll get the opportunity to learn about consumer and industry-based automation, including how to install, operate, test, maintain and troubleshoot electronic equipment systems. These systems can be found in many applications, including robotic production lines, transportation networks and power grids.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Why DeVry?

Why Choose Automation and Electronic Systems at DeVry?

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Several of our tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+

  • CompTIA Linux+

  • CompTIA Network+

  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials+

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program.1 It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Questions for our admissions team?
Information Technology and Networking Program
Minimum Completion Time*
1 year
4 months
Normal Completion Time**
2 years


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Associate Degree in as soon as 1 year 4 months.*

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 2 years.**

*Minimum completion time does not include breaks and assumes 3 semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment in 13-17 credit hours a semester per 12-month period. 

**Normal completion time schedule includes breaks and assumes 2 semesters of enrollment in 13-17 credit hours per semester per 12-month period.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

The Automation and Electronic Systems Degree Specialization covers the following, infused with our tech-powered learning approach:

  • Networked Computer-Controlled Systems
    Explore process controls and automation that employ networked and distributed control systems. Applications include selecting and utilizing hardware; distributed controls system configurations; programming, networking and installing controllers; and system troubleshooting.
  • Electronic Systems
    Gain proficiency in working with integrated circuits, and building and troubleshooting power supplies and operational amplifier applications. Explore solid-state devices such as diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors, and operational amplifiers, as well as their use in signal processing applications, such as amplification and filtering.
  • Troubleshoot Automation and Control System
    Understand process controls and automation that employ networked and distributed control systems learn about system troubleshooting.
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
    Learn to select and utilize hardware, such as processor architecture and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), for networked and distributed control systems.
  • Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • Apply Knowledge of Math and Science Principles Through Programming
    Apply knowledge of math and science principles through programming to solve well-defined technology problems. C++.Net is the primary programming language used.
  • Design Solutions for Technology-Driven Problems
    Develop problem-solving skills to develop business solutions based upon networking, computing and electronic devices.
  • System, Component and Process Design
    Design systems, components or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  • Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • Complex Problem-Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
Stackable Degrees

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack.

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable

  • Flexible online and hybrid classes2 build your professional skills right away

  • Eligible courses apply toward the next degree level3

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn an Associate Degree Program in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems, eligible courses apply to your Bachelor’s Degree Program in Engineering Technology.3 Build your confidence — and your resume — when you start your journey at DeVry.

Credit Hours Remaining
Credit Hours*
Credit Hours*


*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.


Career Opportunities in Automation and Electronic Systems

Graduates of our Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization program may consider careers such as:
  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Electro-Mechanical Technician

  • Electronics Technologist

  • Field Technical Specialist

Program Courses

Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization Courses

General Education Courses
Communication skills

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Culture and Society
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Everyday Physics
Personal and Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Digital Devices
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
Program-Specific Courses
Career Preparation
Introduction to Technical Project Management
Specialized Courses
Automation and Electrical Systems
Electronic Device and System Foundations
Automation and Control
Industrial IoT
Wired, Optical and Wireless Communication with Lab
Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity and Networking and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.

Program, course, and extended classroom availability vary by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program.

At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.