Technical Studies Associate in Science


The Technical Studies program provides pathways for skilled workers to earn Associate Degrees by offering credit for recognized, technical specialties. The program allows students to build on previous success in areas of technical expertise through the choice of electives that complement the technical specialties. The Technical Studies degree is designed as an individualized program of study in an area not otherwise offered at the College. Students from recognized apprenticeship programs or students with certificates in technical fields (in areas for which we do not offer degrees) may complete the Associate’s degree in Technical Studies. Students with industry training and certifications equivalent in hours to 24 credits and documented by certification exams may be receive credit for the Technical Specialty core. Credit will be awarded through the College’s Credit for Prior Learning-Experiential Learning process. Fees apply.


Admissions Criteria

  1. Each applicant must receive approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs to participate in the Technical Studies program.
  2. Complete a paper application indicating Technical Studies as choice of major.
  3. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent and college transcripts.

Technical Standards
The Technical Standards of the related, technical electives and open electives chosen apply. See individual degree programs associated with chosen coursework.

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses into the Technical Studies Program will be evaluated by the applicable department or program and according to each department’s currency requirements.

Program Curriculum

Degree Program

Technical Specialty Core 20-24 Credits
In addition to Experiential Credit evaluated and awarded through a portfolio, Experiential Credit is also awarded for Completed/ Industry Training/Certification; US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships; CCSNH Certificate programs which are not in an area that we offer an Associate Degree. Documented by Certification exams, certificates that show number of hours completed and grades, Apprenticeship Transcripts).

Related Technical Elective Courses 12-16 Credits
Students will work with their advisor to choose courses that complement their technical specialty and career pathway. Course selections must follow program pre-requisite requirements. Students will take 12-16 credits depending on how many credits are awarded for their Technical Core.

Open Elective  3 Credits
Students can choose any course that the College offers with a course number of at least 100, provided the student has met the prerequisite; exceptions are courses which have admission to the program as a prerequisite to the course. 

Degree Program

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
Technical Specialty Elective 20-24
Classroom , Lab , Total 20-24
Related Technical Elective Courses Elective 12-16
Classroom , Lab , Total 12-16
Open Elective 3
Classroom , Lab , Total 3
Total Credits

General Education Requirements

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ENGL110G College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
ENGL210G Oral Communications 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL215G Writing Technical Documents 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Lab Science Elective 4
Classroom , Lab , Total 4
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Classroom , Lab , Total 3
Social Science Elective 3
Classroom , Lab , Total 3
Math Elective 3-4
Classroom , Lab , Total 3-4
Liberal Arts Elective 6
Classroom , Lab , Total 6
Total Credits 27

Total Overall Credits : 66

Still not sure?

Contact one of the Program Faculty or an Admissions Representative to learn more about the program.

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