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Applied Science Program has the following concentrations to choose from:

1. Bio-Medical Engineering Technology
The Bio-Medical Engineering Technology concentration at Department of Advanced Technologies provides students with the skills of an engineering technologist while focusing specifically on biomedical equipment technology. In addition to courses in basic electronics, computer systems, industrial electronics, digital electronics, communications and control systems, the concentration includes courses in three major areas of medical equipment application: biomedical instrumentation, X-ray and diagnostic imaging equipment and medical laboratory instrumentation. Supplementary courses in anatomy and physiology and medical equipment management complete the medical specialization. Optional ninety hours field practice internship placements where interactions at hospitals in the region are integrated with a Senior Design project provide students with a practical foundation for employment in the field. Statistics made available by the U.S. Department of Labor,, indicate a yearly salary between $33,030 and $114,360. The usual starting salary is somewhere in the middle with the median annual salary for biomedical engineers being $61,320.

2. Computer Engineering Technology
The objective of the Computer Engineering Technology concentration of the Department of Advanced Technology is to prepare students for careers that require an extensive knowledge of both computer hardware and computer software. The concentration offers a reasonably equal balance of study and experience in both the hardware and software area, enabling graduates to be well prepared for a career in programming, hardware design/test, system administration, diagnosing computer hardware and software, or other related areas. It is well known that well-educated computer engineers typically should have a thorough knowledge of computer hardware and a thorough knowledge of software since both areas constitute a computer system, specializing in one area (hardware or software) would not be enough to be an exceptional computer engineer. In addition, this concentration aims to provide its graduates a basis for further study at prominent colleges and universities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has the Average Starting Salary, 2007, as $56,201 and the growth projection for 2006-2016, as 5%.

3. Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Electromechanical engineering technology is designed to prepare students for combined knowledge of mechanical engineering technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits to design, develop, test, and manufacture electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems. Their work often overlaps that of both electrical and electronics engineering technologists and mechanical engineering technologists. The job involves design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical-mechanical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Students learn in the classroom and in hands-on laboratories. Using a mixture of actual components, systems and computer simulations, students become skilled in the practical application of industrial electronics, computers, hydraulics, programmable controllers, pneumatics, robotics and mechanical principles. There is going to be a huge demand of electro-mechanical engineers in the energy sector and green collar sector jobs including alternative energies as all the energy systems involve electro-mechanical operation. The BLS has the Average Starting Salary in 2007 as $54,710 and growth Projection for 2006-2016, as 5%.

4. Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISAT)
Geographic Information Science focuses on four domains: people, database technology, software, and systems applications. The first domain--people, is an evaluation of different customer communities as end users and the GIS manager who designs/customizes the systems for interdepartmental and general customer services. Database addresses the nature of a geographic information systems application in diverse information engineering platforms. Software is a focus of choice on scientific and technological innovations that best support the client, data processing and server systems. The domain of systems applications is a challenge of analytical and presentation skills for the GIS team relative to the tasks the team wants to accomplish with the systems in a geographic area. A GIS cannot answer to all geospatial needs. However, the following concentrations are offered: Homeland Security, Natural Resources Management.

The BLS reports that the overall employment of GIS Analysts is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing demand for fast, accurate, and complete geographic information will be the main source of growth for these occupations. An increasing number of firms are interested in geographic information and its applications. For example, GIS can be used to create maps and information used in emergency planning, security, marketing, urban planning, natural resource exploration, construction, and other applications. Also, the increased popularity of online mapping systems has created a higher demand for and awareness of geographic information among consumers. Median annual earnings of GIS Analyst were $48,240 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $37,480 and $65,240. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,910 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,520.

5. Nuclear Engineering Technology
Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation. They design, develop, monitor, and operate nuclear plants to generate power. They may work on the nuclear fuel cycle—the production, handling, and use of nuclear fuel and the safe disposal of waste produced by the generation of nuclear energy—or on the development of fusion energy. Some specialize in the development of nuclear power sources for naval vessels or spacecraft; others find industrial and medical uses for radioactive materials, as in equipment used to diagnose and treat medical problems. The BLS has the Average Starting Salary 2007 as $56,587 and growth projections for 2006-2016 as 7%.

6. Radiation Technology/Health Physics (HP)
The Radiation Technology major prepares its graduates with credential to be employable as Health Physicist in nuclear power plants and other establishments that deal with ionizing radiations. The graduates of this discipline are also employable as nuclear medicine technologist, diagnostic radiography technologist, radiation therapy technologist in oncology departments, and in the use of ultrasound machines for medical diagnostics in health and medical establishments. This is a multi-disciplinary concentration in the Department of Advanced Technologies in cooperation with faculty from the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Departments and the School of Nursing at Alcorn State University.

7. Radiologic Science and Technology
The Radiologic Sciences and Technology concentration is designed to prepare students for a fulfilling career in the healthcare profession. Radiologic Sciences incorporates the use of ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to provide diagnostic images and therapeutic applications for diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries. Students are trained to work closely with patients and use advanced technology to aid in the detection and diagnosis of disease.

The Radiologic Sciences and Technology curriculum consists of classroom, laboratory, and online learning coupled with clinical experiences at various medical facilities. Upon completion of the concentration, students receive the Bachelor of Science degree and can apply for the primary certification examination in Radiography (R) offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job market is predicted to continue to grow as technology advances all modalities within radiologic sciences. Salary ranges for graduates vary. The registered radiologic technologist can expect to enter the job market at approximately $35,000 to $40,000 annually, with increases based on geographical region and work shift. Typical employment locations include hospitals, physician offices and out-patient imaging centers.

8. Technology Management
a) Medical (Health Care Management and Administration)
b) Industrial
This concentration may be taken online. This career-oriented concentration is a two-year capstone degree program for persons holding AA, AS, or AAS degrees from an accredited two year college, or equivalent. Medical options targets graduate from Allied Health areas. A professionally relevant curriculum has been designed to equip students with the skills needed to seek career advancement in administration. Students in the medical option are prepared for mid-level management positions in all types of healthcare organizations such as hospitals, outpatient care services, physician's offices, medical equipment firms, and state or government healthcare programs. Courses include operational management, finance, policy, and analysis.

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