Biometric Systems

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Biometric systems use specific traits about an organism to identify it. Biometric systems engineers design hardware and software to measure a signature trait of the human body, compare that signature to a database, and then render a decision from a matching process. Biometric systems are being used in positive personal identification in law enforcement, access control, banking and a wide range of business and administrative systems. Biometric systems can also be used in health care for identification of specific human conditions via implantable devices and the automated administration of life-saving medical therapies. Biometric systems can also impact our daily lives with advances in integrated sensors, signal/image processing, computer and mass storage technology that allow inanimate objects to identify, interact with and assist their users.

The associate degree program provides the foundation to complete a bachelor program in biometric systems at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

Biometric system engineers typically work in the IT security industry for businesses and other organizations that design and use data defense methods. Employment can also be found at firms specializing in forestry, forensics, and health care.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements (5)3
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
BIOL 115Principles of Biology (GEF 8)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
Minimum 2.0 GPA is required in all of the following courses:
CPE 271Introduction to Digital Logic Design3
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
EE 223
EE 224
Electrical Circuits
and Electrical Circuits Laboratory
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
BIOL 115 (GEF 8)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
ENGR 1991Elective2
 15 16
Second Year
MATH 2514MATH 2614
PHYS 1124EE 223
EE 224
CPE 2713ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
EE 221
EE 222
4GEF Elective (GEF 5)3
 15 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

biometric systems

Upon completion of the associate degree in biometric systems, students will be able to
  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Analyze and interpret data
  3. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related problems.
  4. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in biometric systems.



  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D. Civil Engineering


  • Mohammad Saifi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering