Academic Catalog

Technical Studies, Associate in Applied Science (TSTU)

Effective: Fall 2016

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.

  • Develop a plan designed to accomplish a personal/ professional goal.
  • Demonstrate increased technical knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate the mathematical skills necessary for personal and career growth.
  • Apply scientific principles and concepts to problem-solving.
  • Communicate in an effective, professional manner both verbally and in writing.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
MAT 128 Algebra 4
CHE 101 Introduction to General Chemistry 4
TEC 280 Technical Study Assessment 1-5
TEC 281 Technical Study Assessment 1-5
TEC 282 Technical Study Assessment 1 1-5
TEC 283 Technical Study Assessment 1 1-5
 Hours15-31
Second Semester
TCC 111 Technical Communications 3
COMM 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Public Speaking
3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Modern College Mathematics  
Introduction to Probability and Statistics  
Business Precalculus  
College Algebra  
 Hours9-10
Third Semester
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
Select one of the following: 3
American History I  
American History II  
World Civilizations I  
World Civilizations II  
Program Elective 3
Program Elective and/or BCSS Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Semester
Program Elective and/or BCSS Elective (5-9 credits for at least 61 total program credits) 11-15
 Hours11-15
 Total Hours50-71
1

May take TEC 282 Technical Study Assessment and/or TEC 283 Technical Study Assessment. (5-10 credits). Students receive TEC credits based on Prior Learning Assessment

Notes

Program Electives: Choose from ARC, AUT, CPT, ELT, HVA, IST, MTT, PCT, PLB, TCC, TCS, TDD, TEL, TME, or WLD

BCSS Electives: Choose from BUS, DPR, PSY, or SOC

In consultation with a Technical Studies advisor, a student may select other approved courses to fulfill the Humanities elective.

Mathematics Elective requires consultation with a Technical Studies advisor.

In consultation with a Technical Studies advisor, a student may select other approved courses to fulfill the Social Science elective.

Personal Education Plan (PEP) Component: in consultation with a Technical Studies advisor, the student must satisfy a minimum of 20 credit hours of course work in a concentrated area of study from the Required Program Electives and/or Open Electives. The PEP is subject to Dean’s approval.

Total Credits: 61-67