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

DESCRIPTION:    The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies is an adult-completion degree offered through the Regional Campuses. It is designed for students who hold an associate degree or have completed some college-level coursework; the program will accommodate varied educational backgrounds, develop competencies needed for success in a variety of work settings and offer major courses in schedules attractive to time- and place-bound adults.

Students may declare one of the five optional concentrations within the Technical and Applied Studies major listed below, or select the major without a concentration.
  • Computer Technology Application Development Concentration
  • Computer Technology Applied Computer Security and Forensics Technology Concentration
  • Computer Technology General Concentration
  • Computer Technology Internet/Multimedia Concentration
  • Computer Technology Networking Concentration
The Technical and Applied Studies major (with no concentration) offers a flexible and robust core of skills/knowledge-based courses, which bridge multiple disciplines in multiple colleges. The skills/knowledge provided by this program are civic engagement, computer literacy, critical thinking, diversity/internationalization, ethics, information literacy, leadership, self-management, oral and written communication and statistical and algebraic thinking. Students construct a meaningful plan for using the curriculum in Technical and Applied Studies to explore and prepare for their preferred futures by completing a cornerstone course and developing an electronic portfolio. This enables students to collect artifacts of their learning, which can be used to advance their careers. A capstone course features a synthesizing of learning focused on the 10 foundational competencies and finalization of the electronic portfolio for job search and career development purposes.

The Computer Technology Application Development Concentration is a pathway option for graduates of the Application Development Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology and provides students with the ability to program in languages identified by local Advisory Board Committees as necessary skills for employment. The languages include but are not limited to C++, C#, Java and VB.Net.

The Computer Technology Applied Computer Security and Forensics Technology Concentration is one pathway option for graduates of the Network Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology and for students pursuing Kent State’s post-secondary certificate in Computer Forensics and Information Security. The emphasis is on securing desktops and local area networks, which often includes forensic work to prevent and/or determine and correct security issues.

The Computer Technology General Concentration prepares students for positions in small- and medium-sized organizations that require computer staff to perform a wide variety of technical duties. In smaller installations, it is common for an employee to function in a broad capacity using a multitude of skills. This concentration is also a pathway for graduates of the General Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology.

The Computer Technology Internet/Multimedia Concentration is a pathway option for graduates of the Internet/Multimedia Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology and focuses on scripting, server-side form handling, web database integration, and interactive and dynamic multimedia Internet development.

The Computer Technology Networking Concentration offers a second option for graduates of the Network Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology. This concentration focuses on configuring and maintaining local area networks (LAN) primarily utilizing Microsoft products; it also includes courses covering Linux. The focus is on entry-level network administration (i.e., managing active directory and network services), desktops, troubleshooting, installation and maintenance.

This program is available at all seven Regional Campuses: Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 credit hours. Minimum C (2.0) grade in major coursework designated on the program requirement page and in roadmaps. Minimum 2.0 cumulative and major GPA.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    None   
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:    None   
STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
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