Technical and Applied Studies - B.T.A.S.

Program Introduction

The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree is designed both for students beginning their academic study and for students with an associate degree or college-level coursework. The program accommodates varied educational backgrounds, develops competencies needed for success in a variety of work settings and offers major courses in schedules attractive to traditional students and to time- and place-bound adults. Students construct a meaningful plan for using the curriculum to explore and prepare for their preferred futures by completing a cornerstone course. A capstone course features a synthesizing of learning focused on foundational competencies and developing an electronic portfolio. This enables students to collect artifacts of their learning, which can be used to advance their careers.

Technical & Applied Studies Major Concentrations

The Technical & Applied Studies major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • Applied Business¬†
  • Fraud Examination
  • Nonprofit-Human Services

Technical & Applied Studies Major (no concentration)

The stand-alone major offers a flexible and robust core of skills/knowledge-based courses, which bridge multiple disciplines in multiple colleges. The skills/knowledge provided by this program are civic engagement, computer literacy, critical thinking, diversity/internationalization, ethics, information literacy, leadership, self-management, oral and written communication and mathematics.

Is Technical & Applied Studies Right for You?

The Technical & Applied Studies degree may be a good fit if you have:

  • Some college credit in a concentrated area
  • An applied associate degree
  • A desire to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to move from a technical role into a supervisory position

This degree provides a blended, breadth of learning experience that is cross-disciplinary, 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 bachelor's degree.

Technical & Applied Studies will prepare you for your next step through a capstone course that features a synthesizing of learning focused on the ten foundational competencies. An electronic portfolio displaying your work throughout the program assists with job search and career development.