This fully online Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies program focuses on preparing students to be employed as technicians in technology-related industries such as nuclear, energy, computer, electronics, and electrical.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of students with military backgrounds by recognizing college-level learning that takes place in military training, the AAS in Technical Studies program may also be appropriate for nonmilitary students. The program’s four technical concentrations provide you with a broad professional and technical foundation in the various functional components of technology.
The concentrations are a group of related college-level courses within a technical component that combine depth and breadth of study in a recognized math/science-based technology discipline. The concentrations foster your ability to apply what you have learned within the degree program to the real-world contexts of a technology-based industry.
Computer Technologies, Electromechanical Technologies, Electronic/Instrumentation Technologies, Nuclear Technologies/Power Plant Technologies
AAS degree holders can pursue further education or a career in electronic, nuclear, or computer technology (Source: BLS)
The average median salary for a computer support specialist is $52,810 (Source: BLS)
AAS degree holders earn, on average, 64% more than those with no degree (Source: BLS)
The Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies requires a minimum of 60 credits, including 20 credits minimum in the arts and sciences; 27 credits minimum in the career component, including the capstone; and 13 credits in free electives, including information literacy.
Fulfill this requirement with transfer credits and military training in subjects related to your concentration.
Fulfill this requirement by taking up to 12 credits in electives plus information literacy.
In this online portfolio development experience, you will reflect on your academic and professional experiences and work with a faculty mentor to develop learning statements, compile evidence that supports those learning statements, and create an integrated technology assessment report.
Choose this concentration if you’ve learned how to build, test, operate, and maintain computer networks, or install, configure, and update software applications. Credits that count toward this concentration indicate knowledge of analog and digital electronics, computer design, development, troubleshooting, and maintenance of computer hardware, databases, and network systems.
This concentration conveys your knowledge of mechanical technology, electrical and electronic circuits, and automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical tools, equipment, and processes. Credits that count toward this concentration reflect coursework or training in the design, assembly, testing, maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrading of electronic and computer-integrated mechanical components and instrumentation systems, such as automated manufacturing tools and engineering service equipment.
Highlight your knowledge of electrical, electronic, and digital circuits, microprocessors, and programmable controllers, and the assembly, testing, maintenance, repair, and upgrading of electrical and electronic components and systems used in medical technology, analytical instruments, and industrial process control equipment. Credits applied to this concentration signify prior training in the operation of continuous and discrete systems and the use of electrical/electronic devices and instrumentation in troubleshooting analog and digital communication systems.
This concentration features your education in the design, operations, and maintenance of radiation shielding, radiation detection instrumentation, and emergency planning and implementation of radiation protection procedures and regulations pertaining to safe operation of nuclear systems and power generation facilities. Credits applied to these requirements reveal knowledge of the role of control performance, human interface, and quality assurance in nuclear system operation and maintenance; procedures used to record and interpret measurements; protocols of power plant systems equipment start-up, maintenance, and shut-down; and basic operation, testing, and troubleshooting of boilers, turbines, electric generators, pumps, and other auxiliary equipment.
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrate introductory college-level proficiency in one or more of the subject areas in mathematics and/or natural sciences.
Demonstrate introductory college-level proficiency in one of more of the social sciences.
Demonstrate a comprehension of cultural diversity, human behavior, and the relationships between technology and society.
Demonstrate the application of technology in the concentration area.
View additional details about programs and courses:Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
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