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

Program Introduction

The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (B.T.A.S.) degree is a completer program designed for students with an associate degree or some college-level coursework who wish to matriculate into a bachelor's degree. The program accommodates varied educational backgrounds, develops competencies needed for success in a variety of work settings and offers flexibility and scheduling attractive to working students and adults.

The B.T.A.S. degree integrates the practical application of technical skills and knowledge with the professional skills instilled in a bachelor’s degree program. Students focus on career paths in technical and applied areas of specializations, leading to breadth and depth in a particular discipline.

The program provides a foundation for further graduate education and benefits students who need additional workplace and professional skills beyond their technical education with hands-on learning, experiential learning opportunities, internships and research projects. Employers are searching for professionals with a combination of technical expertise and business soft skills; this program provides the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to transition from student to professional. Many associate degree programs at Kent State University align well with the B.T.A.S. degree.

Review major requirements


  • Interpret and communicate discipline specific information via written, verbal and/or visual or digital representations
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral and digital communication skills in multiple contexts, for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate application and evidence of skills and knowledge via presentation of artifacts in an electronic portfolio
  • Analyze ethical issues in the context of the profession or discipline to produce reasoned evaluations and solutions
  • Integrate applied skills and theoretical knowledge in a specific technical field with opportunities for experiential learning in a workplace environment
  • Develop self-awareness about identity and culture, diversity, sensitivity and respect for differences