Technical Studies, A.A.S.

The Technical Studies degree program is designed to provide recognition for work and life experience while assisting individuals in their preparation for career advancement or change. This program is designed to provide skills for personal, professional and community improvement. The program is highly individualized and flexible. As many as 20 credits may be awarded for work and life experience including military experience, trade/proprietary school preparation, apprenticeship programs, structured on-the-job training and the like.

Graduates will be awarded the associate in applied science degree upon successful completion of this program. Technical Studies has been designed as a first-degree program and therefore cannot be pursued as a second degree at DCCC.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students should be able to:

  • Formulate an educational plan designed to accomplish a personal/ professional goal.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of responsibility to self, employer and community.
  • Communicate effectively in interpersonal and occupational activities.
  • Advance in a career, building on already acquired skills and competencies.
  • Display increased technical knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate the comprehensive mathematical, scientific, physical, social and psychological skills necessary for personal career growth.
  • Present technical information in oral, written and graphical form.

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Required CoursesCredits
ENG 100 - Composition I3
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
Required Electives:
  • Mathematics / Accounting Electives 6 - 8 Credits
  • Natural Science Elective 3 - 4 Credits
  • Social Science Elective 3 Credits
  • Humanities Elective 3 Credits

Technical Core: Up to 20 credit-hours approved for prior work and life experience such as:

Apprenticeship Training, Military Training, Trade/Proprietary Education

Personalized Education Plan(PEP):

In consultation with a Technical Studies advisor, the student must satisfy a minimum of 20 or more credit hours of course work in a concentrated area of study in order to fulfill an employment need, or to work toward a personal, or a professional career goal. A typical PEP component could be selected with a concentration, or an emphasis of study approved by the Technical Studies Coordinator, and the appropriate division dean as suggested below:

I. Technical/Industrial Emphasis
Courses selected in:

  • Automotive
  • Drafting and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Automation/Robotics
  • Architectural/Construction
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Electrical
  • Mathematics - MAT 110 or above is required

II. Computer Technology Emphasis
Courses selected in:

  • Computers in Problem Solving
  • Computer Languages
  • Computer Operations
  • Computer Service
  • Computer Programming
  • Microcomputers
  • Other specialized computer courses

III. Entrepreneurship/Management Emphasis
Courses selected in:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Emergency Management and Planning
  • Public Safety
  • Business Law
  • Principles of Management
  • Mathematics / Accounting - MAT 100 or MATH 105 and ACC 100 or ACC 111 may be chosen
  • Human Behavior/Psychology
  • Marketing Supervision
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Economics
  • Other specialized entrepreneurship/management courses

Total Credits: 60


Technical Studies-AAS-2004 to present