Technical Studies (A.A.S.)

Division of Mathematics, Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences — Curriculum Code: 5304

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Technical Studies is a unique degree program designed to ensure the validity of nontraditional learning and promote adult access to and success in postsecondary education and the workforce. By majoring in Technical Studies, you can transfer in approved credits from certified apprenticeship training programs and earn a college degree.

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About this A.A.S. in Technical Studies degree

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. You must also have your training credits evaluated by a faculty assessor in the Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Division.

If I major in Technical Studies, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Most four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey accept training credits recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE), which is one of the organizations that evaluate training programs. Therefore, you can transfer some or all of the credits earned in the Technical Studies degree program to a professional studies bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you could be able to complete the degree in two years. Part-time students can complete the program in three or four years. If you transfer in awarded Technical Studies credits, you can reduce the time required to complete the degree.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories from a specific chosen applied science discipline;
  • Demonstrate proficient technical skills required to be productive in a career related to a specific chosen applied science discipline;
  • Apply creative and critical thinking and problem-solving skills to analyze and solve discipline-specific problems; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills and professional behaviors, which include being able to effectively work as a member of a team.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (22 -23 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits)

ENG 102 or ENG 105 (one 3-credit course)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (3 – 4 credits)

Choose one of the following mathematics courses: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 109, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, or MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 136, MTH 213, MTH 221, MTH 222 or MTH 231 (one or two 3- or 4-credit courses)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)

Choose one of the following lab science courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113 or PHY 114 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219, SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161 or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

Major Course Requirements (24 credits)

Technical Studies electives* (total of 25 credits)

* Note: 25 Technical Studies elective credits may be earned as block credits for certified apprenticeship training programs.

Additional Course Requirements

Technical courses** (total of 13 credits)

** Note: 13 additional technical credits taken at Essex County College. Technical credits may be earned from college-level courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics having the following prefixes: CSC, CIS, MET, CET, ELC, ARC,  and ENR.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60 – 61

The sequence of courses will be determined on an individual basis – see an ETCS Division academic advisor (faculty member) for details.


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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