Technical Studies

The primary mission of the Technical Studies degrees is to provide a quality education through an individually planned technical program designed to respond to specialized needs of an individual or the community.

Degrees Offered
Associate of Technical Studies (ATS)
Bachelor of Technical Studies (BTS)

Associate of Technical Studies
As the primary objective of the Associate of Technical Study (ATS) degree is to broaden, the educational program alternatives in a community that has very limited industrial base.  The proposed educational objectives may be very unique and nontraditional.

The ATS degree is open to any student admitted to the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College if the Chair of the School of Engineering Technologies determines that an existing technology degree program will not meet the student's educational goals and that those goals are based on a feasible occupational objective.

The proposed program of study must meet the Ohio Board of Regents requirements for content and must be approved by a committee of School of Engineering Technologies faculty members, who advise the student as needed throughout the implementation of the program.

Application for an ATS degree program must be made before 33 semester credit hours of combined transfer and University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College academic coursework have been completed.  The remaining courses must include at least half of the specialized technical courses of the program.

Bachelor of Technical Studies
The Bachelor of Technical Studies (BTS) degree program in the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College's School of Engineering Technologies offers a unique opportunity for students who would like to continue their formal education beyond an associate degree in a technical field that does not have a bachelor degree option available.  The program builds on the student's technical concentration from the associate degree by transferring those hours into a bachelor's program.

The BTS degree program allows any student with an associate degree from an accredited institution to enter the BTS program and graduate by completing 46 credit hours of specified core courses and 24 student selected credit hours (with an advisor's assistance) of technical electives.  The BTS degree is a 2 + 2 program.  Courses used for securing an associate degree cannot be used again for the BTS degree.  All courses, regardless of their course level, are charged at the current private university credit hour rate for the third and fourth years.

The BTS degree program provides the student with knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for advancement in his/her chosen careers and integrates the technical skills developed within applied associate degree programs with the professional skills included in a bachelor's degree program.

For more information on the Technical Studies program please view the Associate of Technical Studies FACT Sheet or the Bachelor of Technical Studies FACT Sheet, which provides a suggested curriculum for the BTS program.

General Contact Information
  • Keith Saunders, School of Engineering Technologies Chair, Assistant Professor
    1-800-282-7201, ext. 7315 E-mail:  saunders@rio.edu
    Davis Career Center 150D
  • Admissions
    1-800-282-7201, ext. 7206