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The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (formerly the Bachelor of Applied Studies) is a degree completion program. It is designed to accommodate varied educational backgrounds, develop competencies needed for success in a variety of work settings, and offer major courses in schedules attractive to time- and place-bound students. Self-management of one's career in the 21st century is a major goal of this degree.
The BTAS offers a variety of concentrations including Computer Technology, Application Development, Applied Computer Security and Forensics Technology, General Technology, Internet and Multimedia, and Networking.
This degree provides a blended, breadth of learning experience that encompasses many disciplines, and is quite different from the traditional degree which provides depth within a single discipline. Students who desire a major with depth in a specific discipline should consider a traditional degree.
The BTAS requires a prescribed core of skills/knowledge-based courses that bridge multiple disciplines in multiple colleges. Students construct a meaningful plan for using the curriculum to explore and prepare for their preferred futures by completing a cornerstone course and developing an electronic portfolio. This enables students to collect artifacts of their learning that can be used to advance their careers. A capstone course features a synthesizing of learning focused on the foundational competencies and finalization of the electronic portfolio for job search and career development purposes.