audio engineering

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.

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

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.

Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering Technology Flowchart 2018-19  PDF 

Your 126-credit-hour program consists of:

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 2213 College Physics 1 3
PHY 2221 College Physics 1 Lab 1
TAS 1013 Music for Audio Tech. 1 3
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
MCS 1123 Technical Math 2 3
PHY 2223 College Physics 2 3
PHY 2231 College 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 17

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 3103 DC/AC Circuits 3
TAS 3033 Audio Principles 1 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models and Practices 1
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
TAS 3043 Audio Principles 2 3
CHM 3114 or equivalent Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
TEE 2033 Electronics 1 3
TAS 3034 Audio Acoustics 4
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 17

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of Amer. Experience 3
TAS 3013 Adv. Audio Principles 1 3
TIE 3163 Engr. Economic Analysis 3
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 3203 Technology Project Management 3
GEN XXX3 General Elective 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
   TOTAL 15

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
TAS 4013 Audio Senior Project 3
TAS 4133 Audio System Integration 3
TEE 4224 Transducer and Instrumentation 4
TKL 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Tech. Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

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 Differential Equations 4
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
   TOTAL 15

Program 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:

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. 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;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to each project’s objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. 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;
  8. an understanding of the need for, and an ability to engage, in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and 
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. 

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

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. 

True to Lawrence Tech’s unique blend of theory and practice, audio engineering students are encouraged to take part in internships or cooperative education (co-op). This opportunity provides hands-on, practical engineering experience that is a distinct advantage when approaching future employers.

A majority of LTU engineering students participate in internships and co-ops starting as early as the sophomore year. LTU co-op students may choose to alternate semesters working and attending classes on a full-time basis, or pursue paid full time work and school in parallel.

Other students pursue less structured job experiences such as part-time or summer employment. A student who has been offered a co-op position may seek academic credit through the Office of Career Services, which will evaluate the work assignment(s) and approve registration.

Internships, an alternative to co-op, are known for the flexibility they can provide.

Internships are paid, like co-op, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. All engineering internships are paid, provide real job experiences, including part-time employment, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. Internships and co-ops can be great confidence builders and strong facilitators of the school-to-work transition. They are excellent opportunities for students to gain experience working in their field and provide insights about potential employers, their products, and work environment.

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audio engineeringGraduates 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