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Bachelor of Science in Technical and Applied Studies


Program Description

The BTAS degree is designed for the busy working adult who works in management or who desires to move into a management or administrative position in a field that involves technology. The program is specifically designed for students who have already completed an associate degree particularly a two-year associate degree in technical fields such as:

  • Engineering, Computer & Electronic Technologies
    (including Computers, CAD/CAM, Architecture, Drafting, Machine Tools)
  • Health Technologies
    (including Medical Assisting, Occupational or Physical Therapy and Radiology)
  • Business Technologies
    (including Human Resource Management, Office Assisting, Accounting, Marketing and Paralegal)
  • Natural Science and Environmental Technologies
    (including Environment, Health and Safety and Recreation)
  • Public Service and Human Service Technologies
    (including Law and Teaching Paraprofessionals)

The BTAS maximizes the transfer of previously-earned credits. For many students, the BTAS will be a “Two-plus-Two” taking only two additional years of coursework beyond the two years already spent earning the associate degree.

The structure of the degree is simple: it requires only three core courses (TAS 301, 321 and 451) and 10 courses selected from four areas of concentration. The three BTAS core courses focus on the impact of technology on society, the history of technology, management and leadership styles and how to make the best use of technology in business and management. The final core course is a capstone course in which students apply the skills learned by completing an applied project in a business, industry or community organization setting.

The 10 additional courses are selected from concentrations in Professional Skills (such as Communications, Interviewing, Public Relations), Leadership and Organizations (such as Public Administration, Marketing, Finance, Operations), Cultural, Political and Social Issues (such as Business Law, Economic Development, Ethics) and Behavioral Sciences (such as Human Relations, Psychology, Group Dynamics).

Depending upon students’ career choices they may select courses in social sciences, behavioral sciences, business and leadership and organization. Three unique courses have been developed to integrate skills and knowledge. Introduction to Technical and Applied Studies, Research for Technical and Applied Studies and Technical and Applied Studies Seminar will allow students to explore the history and theory of technology and management and leadership, analyze research and complete projects and integrate and apply professional knowledge and skills in a hands-on project for a local business, industry or community organization.

Our small class atmosphere encourages high-level student participation and offers opportunities for dynamic student-instructor interaction. Visit our campus and explore the educational opportunities that await you at Ohio University-Zanesville.

Admission Requirements

•Students may be admitted during any term
•2.0 g.p.a. in 48 quarter hours or 32 semester hours

Degree Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) degree program must complete the following three core courses that provide a foundation upon which the area of concentration is built. A grade of C or better is required in each course.

Transition Course (TAS 301)
Research for Technical & Applied Studies (TAS 321)
Capstone Seminar (TAS 451)

Credit Hour Summary

Associate Degree 96 with technical component of (36-45 hours)
General Education Requirements 24-36 (beyond Associate degree)
TAS Major Requirements 51-56
Electives to meet minimum degree requirements 4-22
Total: 174-210 hours


1) Professional Skills (three courses; both from A and one from B)
TAS 301 Introduction to Technical and Applied Studies 4
TAS 321 Research for Technical and Applied Studies 4
COMS 205 Techniques of Group Discussion 4
COMS 206 Communication in Interpersonal Relationships 4
COMS 304 Principles and Techniques of Interviewing** 4
JOUR 270 Introduction to Public Relations 4
PSY 221 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5

2) Cultural Political and Social Issues (five courses, at least one from A, B, and C)
BUSL 255 Business Law 4
COMS 410 Cross-Cultural Communication 4
ECON 340 International Trade 4
ECON 350 Economic Development 4
GEOG 320 American Ethnic Geography 4
PHIL 330 Ethics 5
PSY 378 Psychology of Gender 4
SOC 329 Race and Ethnic Relations in the US 4
ECON 320 Labor Economics 4
GEOG 325 Political Geography 4
PBIO 311 Biology and Human Affairs 4
POLS 306 Politics of Appalachia 5
POLS 488 Public Dispute Resolution 4
SOC 331 Class and Social Inequality 4
ECON 304 Macroeconomics 4
GEOG 201 Environmental Geography 4
GEOL 215 Environmental Geology 4
HIST 315D African Americans in American History 4
HRM 324 Managing the Employment Relationship 4
PHIL 235 Business Ethics 4
PSY 337 Social Psychology of Justice 4
SOC 309 Sociology of Appalachia 4

3) Behavioral Sciences (two courses, one each from A and B)
AAS 254 History of Injustice in the United States 5
COMS 304 Principles and Techniques of Interviewing** 4
COMS 306 Interpersonal Conflict Management 4
COMS 342 Communication and Persuasion 4
EDCE 410 Human Relations 3
PSY 233 Psychology of Personality 4
PSY 261 Survey of Industrial & Organizational Psychology 4
SOC 340 Population and Society 4
AAS 341 African American Personality 4
COMS 406 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4
COMS 411 Communicating with People with Disabilities 4
COMS 420 Gender and Communication 4
EDCE 440 Foundations in Group Dynamics 4
PSY 336 Social Psychology 4
PSY 374 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 4

4) Leadership and Organization (three courses, the one from A and two from B)
TAS 451 Technical & Applied Studies Capstone Seminar 4
COMS 405 Meeting and Conference Planning 4
FIN 301 Introduction to Finance 4
MKT 240 Introduction to Management & Organizations 4
MKT 202 Marketing Principles 4
OPN 300 Fundamentals of Operations 4
POLS 210 Principles of Public Administration 4
POLS 489 Nonprofit Management 4
Total Credit Hours Required 51 up to 56

*Note: some courses may have prerequisites.
**A course may not count for two requirements within the major.

For more information contact:

Larry Tumblin or 740-588-1512