Technical Studies

 

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies is designed to meet dual purposes. First, it will offer students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science offered at four-year institutions, including the University of Wyoming. Second, the degree will allow students to combine two technical degrees in order to be more competitive in the job market and meet the requirements of employers.

 

    The general education requirements are designed to encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking, communication, self-directed learning, and technological literacy. The general education courses meet the basic requirements for transfer to the University of Wyoming for those students interested in the Bachelor of Applied Science. This program combines certificates or emphasis in specific disciplines to meet employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program. Employers reviewing transcripts will be able to quickly determine the combined areas of expertise as the degrees will be recorded as in the following examples:
  • Technical Studies: Agriculture-Welding
  • Technical Studies: Criminal Justice-Equine
  • Technical Studies: Entrepreneurship-Graphic Art
  • Technical Studies: Computer Technology-Medical Office
    Students awarded a standalone certificate from Central Wyoming College may transition to the Technical Studies AAS degree by selecting additional technical skill courses, in consultation with a faculty advisor and upon approval of the academic dean.
    A total of 64 credits are required in the Technical Studies AAS degree. Nineteen credits are required in the general education component, 39 credits are required in the technical studies component of which a three credit, PFDV 1500 Managing Career Development, is required and a minimum of 20 credits is focused in one 1technical discipline, and the remainder 16 credits are selected from 2supportingtechnical courses. Students may complete up to six credits in general electives. The advisor and the academic dean must approve courses that count towards degree attainment.
    Students are required to meet with an assigned faculty advisor who will assist the student in developing a written plan of study. Current and/or potential employers may be involved in developing the plan of study. The written plan of study is signed by the student and the faculty advisor, and then submitted to the appropriate Academic Dean for final approval. The Dean will submit the written plan of study to the Registrar to formalize the degree requirements within the degree audit system.
1 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770, and unless PEAC courses are identified as discipline specific courses, all PEAC and PEAT prefixes.
2 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770 and all PEAC and all PEAT prefixes.
 
Associate of Applied Science Degree
General Education Requirements
Credits
Writing Level I (WR1)
3
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000)
3
MATH/APPM or LSCI
3
Students must complete 9 credits of general education courses distributed over 3 different general education areas, one of which is either WR2 or ORAL.
ART/DIV/HUM/IT/ORAL/SOC/WR2
9
UNST/PEAC/WELL
9
Program Requirements
PFDV1500
Managing Career Development
3
1 Discipline Specific Technical Courses
20
2 Other Technical Courses
16
General Electives
6
Total
64
     
1 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770, and unless PEAC courses are identified as discipline specific courses, all PEAC and PEAT prefixes.
2 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770 and all PEAC and all PEAT prefixes.
 
Certificate
    The Certificate in Technical Studies is designed to offer students the opportunity to meet their unique interests, needs, goals, and employer interests.
    The general education requirements are designed for students to develop their language arts/communication and computational (mathematical) skills.
    The certificate program allows the student to identify an emphasis in specific disciplines for meeting employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program.
    A total of 30 credits are required in the Technical Studies Certificate degree. Seven credits are required in the general education component, 23 credits are required in the technical studies component of which a three credit, WR2 or ORAL, is required, and a minimum of 12 credits is focused in one 1technical discipline, and the remaining eight credits are selected from 2supporting technical courses.
     Employers reviewing transcripts will be able to quickly determine the combined areas of expertise as the certificates will be recorded as in the following examples:
  • Technical Studies: Agriculture-Welding
  • Technical Studies: Criminal Justice-Equine
  • Technical Studies: Entrepreneurship-Graphic Art
  • Technical Studies: Computer Technology-Medical Office
     Students are required to meet with an assigned faculty academic advisor who will assist the student in developing a written plan of study. Current and/or potential employers may be involved in developing the plan of study. The written plan of study is signed by the student and the faculty advisor, and then submitted to the appropriate Academic Dean for final approval. The Dean will submit the written plan of study to the Registrar in order to finalize the degree requirements within the degree audit system.
1 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770, and unless PEAC courses are identified as discipline specific courses, all PEAC and PEAT prefixes.
2 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770 and all PEAC and all PEAT prefixes.
 
Certificate
General Education Requirements
Credits
Writing Level I (WR1)
3
MATH/APPM
3
UNST
1
Program Requirements
 
WR2 or ORAL
3 
   
1 Discipline Specific Technical Courses 12
2 Other Technical Courses
8
Total
30
1 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770, and unless PEAC courses are identified as discipline specific courses, all PEAC and PEAT prefixes.
2 The following courses may NOT be used to satisfy the Technical Studies Component: EQST 1725, 1730, 1740, 1750, 2740, 2750, 2760, 2770 and all PEAC and all PEAT prefixes.
 

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