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Technical Studies


The A.A.S. degree in Technical Studies will provide a means for students to acquire credits based on technical training within their employing organization. Credit may be granted to individuals who have successfully completed courses evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) in a corporate, industrial or military training program or through a certified apprenticeship training program in the building and construction trades and who are interested in pursuing an associate in applied science degree  according to the following guidelines:

Program is evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE)

  • Collegiate-level depth/breath of curriculum beyond entry-level requirements
  • Number of lecture/lab hours of study
  • Company and trainer certifications
  • Prior completion of prerequisites or predetermined skill level
  • Types of assessments Level of supervision
  • Cooperative/apprenticeship experiences associated with the training

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply theory and hands-on practices to the specific area of technical studies within their employing organization;
  • Perform laboratory procedures and assess the validity of experimental/diagnostic data;
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve technical problems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and present information in a logical and systematic manner;
  • Express and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally, in written, and electronic formats;
  • Demonstrate information literacy through familiarity and the effective use of technical literature in their field of study.

Search for courses in the online course catalog.


First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Composition I
MAT 119 - Algebra
Up to 8 Technical Studies Credits Awarded*

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Composition II OR
ENG 122 - Technical Writing
Computer Science Gen Ed Requirement OR
CIS Gen Ed Requirement**
Elective - Technical***
Up to 8 Technical Studies Credits Awarded

Second Year

First Semester

ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
Lab Science Gen Ed Requirement****
Elective - Technical***
Up to 5 Technical Studies Awarded

Second Semester

Elective - Technical***
Humanities/Social Science/History Gen Ed Requirement
Up to 4 Technical Studies Credits Awarded

Higher course may be indicated by math placement test. Students will meet with an advisor to select an area of concentration from among all of the college’s technically-oriented A.A.S. degree programs. A faculty advisor for the selected concentration area will develop with each student a plan of study to include at least 10 credits from a concentration area.

*Between 3 and 25 credits may be earned as block credits for ACE evaluated corporate, industrial or military training programs after review by faculty of a related program and/or the appropriate program coordinator. These credits will be posted to a student’s Union County College transcript on a matching basis as students earn credits for courses taken at Union County College.

**Choose any 3 credit computer science OR computer  information systems course from the list of Gen Ed courses in the current catalog.

*** Upon consultation with the faculty advisor, additional technical electives may be selected from the following areas: ARC, AST, BIO, CHE, CIT, CSC, EET, GEY, MAT and PSY, if required.

****Choose any 4 credit lab science course from the list of Gen Ed courses in the current catalog.

Career Options

Upon graduating the student will have increased opportunities for professional and personal advancement. This A.A.S. degree is not transferable to a four-year institution, but many of the non-technology courses may transfer.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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