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Department of Technology

Technology continues to change the face of society, making the work of humans easier, more efficient, and quicker. Business, industry, and government truly thrive on the latest technology, but even the most up-to-date technological processes are useless without qualified professionals to implement and interpret them. With five (four undergraduate and one graduate) programs to choose from, Cal State LA's Department of Technology has a curriculum for any aspiring technologist. Students can focus their education on one of the following majors.

Department Programs

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TECH Advisement

The Department of Technology strives to provide you with the support and academic information needed to reach your degree goal from the Department of Technology at Cal State LA.

Vision Mission Objective

Department Vision

To be recognized as an institution offering premier programs for professional growth in the fields of technology management, technology application, and technology education.

Department Mission

To provide quality, innovative programs that transform practitioners into knowledgeable technologists and leaders for our ever-changing technological world.

Educational Objectives

  1. To produce graduates that will demonstrate a balance of technical and management knowledge.
  2. To produce graduates who demonstrate the skills needed to apply business practices, information technology, and other technical skills necessary to collaborate with, organize, and lead interdisciplinary teams.
  3. To produce graduates that will demonstrate a cooperative spirit that supports the desire to pursue life-long learning and enable them to adapt to contemporary issues in the workplace.

DEPARTMENT UPDATES

Scroll down for important updates and information regarding Department operations. You may contact the Department for general information: Espie Contreras, Technology Department Coordinator, Office: ET A337, Phone: (323) 343-4550, tech.ecst@calstatela.edu


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NEW in Fall 2022
Engineering Technology (ETEC) Program

Notice to Current Students - BS Industrial Technology 

The CSU Chancellor's office has approved our curriculum proposal for the B.S. Engineering Technology program. The new Engineering Technology program was approved to begin in Fall 2022. The new program will require MATH 2110 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1560/1570 as prerequisite courses for some junior and senior-level ETEC courses. Once the Engineering Technology program is established and the first group of students graduates, we will seek ABET Accreditation per the ABET accreditation guidelines. Current Industrial Technology students will be able to complete their Industrial Technology degree, or some students may choose to switch to the new program if the Campus and Accreditation guidelines qualify them. Technology Department has worked on major change guidelines from Industrial Technology to Engineering Technology. We have planned informational meetings for our current Industrial Technology majors as follows. We will arrange similar meetings for PRE- Industrial Technology majors later.

Information meeting scheduled for Industrial Technology majors (please note that these are not for Pre-Industrial Technology majors)

  • Date to be determined 
  • We will plan additional meetings as needed.  
  • The following are some resource materials that will provide more details.
  1. Engineering Technology Curriculum sheet
  2. Engineering Technology Major Change Guidelines
  3. Allowed substitutions from ITEC curriculum to ETEC curriculum
  4. Four-Year Road Map for Engineering Technology curriculum
  5. Four-Year FlowChart Road Map

If you have any questions, please contact Technology Department Chair Dr. Rupa Purasinghe.


Notice to Current Students – Pre-Industrial Technology Meeting notice 

The CSU Chancellor's office has approved our curriculum proposal for the BS Engineering Technology program. The new Engineering Technology program was approved to begin in Fall 2022. The new program will require MATH 2110 ( Calculus 1) and PHYS 1560/1570 as prerequisite courses for some junior and senior-level new ETEC courses. Once the Engineering Technology program is established, and after the first graduate, we will seek ABET Accreditation per the ABET accreditation guidelines. Current Industrial Technology students will be able to complete their Industrial Technology degree, or some students may choose to switch to the new program if the Campus and Accreditation guidelines qualify them. Technology Department has worked on major change guidelines from Industrial Technology to Engineering Technology. We have planned information meetings for our current Pre-Industrial Technology majors as follows.

Information meeting scheduled for Pre-Industrial Technology majors
(Note: This is only for Pre- Industrial Technology majors and not for Industrial Technology majors. Industrial Technology majors have a separate meeting.)

  • Date to be determined
  • We plan to add additional meetings depending on the need.  
  • Here are some materials we will use during the information meeting. 
  1. Engineering Technology Curriculum sheet
  2. Engineering Technology Major Change Guidelines
  3. Allowed substitutions from ITEC curriculum to ETEC curriculum
  4. Four-Year Road Map for Engineering Technology curriculum
  5. Four-Year FlowChart Road Map

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Gerardo Lopez, ECST Academic Advisor, at glope170@calstatela.edu, or Rupa Purasinghe, Technology Department Chair, at rpurasi@calstatela.edu.


Department of Technology
Office: ET A337, Phone: (323) 343-4550, tech.ecst@calstatela.edu