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Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies

Transfer up to
53 Credits
A median of 41 credits accepted
Receive credit for military training or on-the-job expertise

Expand Your Career Opportunities with an AAS in Technical Studies

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

Fast Facts:

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)


credit hours

Online AAS in Technical Studies Program Details

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.

  • Written English Requirement: 3 credits
  • Humanities: 3 credits in Ethics
  • Social Sciences/History 6 credits minimum
    • Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits minimum
    • Technology and Society: 3 credits minimum
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 6 credits minimum
    • Natural Sciences: 3 credits minimum
    • College-level Mathematics: 3 credits minimum
  • Arts and Sciences electives: 2 credits

Core Component: 6 credits

  • Introduction to Computing
  • Integrated Technology Assessment (capstone course)

Technology Component: 15 credits

  • Computer Technologies
  • Electromechanical Technologies
  • Electronic/Instrumentation Technologies
  • Nuclear Technologies/Power Plant Technologies

Technical Electives: 6 credits

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.

Integrated Technology Assessment

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.

Computer Technologies

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.

Electromechanical Technologies

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.

Electronic/Instrumentation Technologies

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.

Nuclear Technologies/Power Plant Technologies

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.

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Common Careers with an
Online AAS in Technical Studies

Database Specialist

Equipment Maintenance Specialist

Hardware Technician

Machine Operator

Maintenance Technician

Plant Operator

Excelsior College was referred to me by several people from work. Excelsior took a lot of my military experience and applied it to my degree. After that, I only had 18 credits left to earn.
Bridgette Austin
Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts


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