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Program Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

In keeping with UAT’s Three-Tiered Curricular Approach, courses are broken up into Conceptual/Foundational courses, Skills Development courses and Synthesis courses.

CHECK OUT THIS QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE COURSES THAT LEAD TO A B.S. IN TECHNOLOGY STUDIES.
YOU CAN COMPLETE YOUR DEGREE IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS.

For more information and details on individual courses, please refer to the current University Course Catalog.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Program Length in Weeks

120

 

Minimum General Education Credits

36

 

Minimum Bachelor’s Core plus Degree-Specific/Elective Credits

84

 

Minimum Total Semester Credits

120

 
 

Within 120 minimum credit hours, the following requirements also apply:

 
  • Minimum Major Credits: 36
  • Minimum Total 300/400 Level Credits: 40
 

Conceptual/Foundational Courses

Complete 12 credits minimum, including two TCH courses

CIS120 - Web and Social Media Technologies
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
This course looks at current trends, case studies, and research on the creation on utilization of web and social media technologies and practices. Students will be immersed in the development concerns, strengths, and weaknesses of the social web and social based web sites. Students will take away the concepts of how social media is implemented on the world wide web.
ENT200 - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
The course will address the fundamentals of starting and running a business. It will be an overview of successful strategies for transforming ideas into profitable products. Strategies for growth, licensing, direct investment and joint ventures will also be central to the course. Attention will be given to cultural, social, political and economic complexities and their implications on the firm.
MGT102 - Management in a Technology Environment
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
This course provides an introduction to management principles that specifically apply in contemporary technology environments, applications of management in technology organizations that include the management functions and processes of controlling, decision making, leading, motivating, organizing and communicating. This course will examine working in groups and teams, effective communication and adapting to change.
TCH220 - Military Technology
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
This course provides an overview of the development of military technologies with a focus on the changing needs of the military from World War II to the present. Students will examine the affects of military funding, research, and development of technology on the social economic strata of society.
TCH230 - Innovation Frameworks
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This program introduces and provides students with a broad base understanding of the fundamentals and frameworks of technology innovation, innovation process, system conflicts, levels of innovation and leading innovation methodologies like Lead User, Evolutionary, Sufield Triad and Enterprise Process.
TCH250 - Networked Society
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This course will examine the myriad effects of networked systems/cultures on home and work life, politics, economics and globalization. Topics explored include such issues as collective intelligence and digital democracy, the potential for network technology to isolate certain social groups such as the poor or the elderly; using networks for social activism and digital citizenship; the ways that social media have changed the landscape for individuals, subcultures, businesses and governments; and new forms of cultural, social and political organization in contemporary life.

Skills Development Courses

Complete 12 credits minimum

ENT305 - Entrepreneurial Operations
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): ENT200
This course focuses on the research, planning and operation of an entrepreneurial venture. Students will explore the benefits of utilizing research and planning resources such as SBA, SCORE, IRS, Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Financial topics will
include acquiring start-up capital, budgeting, forecasting, accounting, taxes, insurance and maintenance of business records. In addition, this course will provide an overview of human resource operations.
MGT212 - Introduction to Marketing for Online Environments
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This course examines the progress and potential of the Internet and related technologies for the marketing, selling and distribution of goods and services. The traditional marketing functions of product, price, distribution and promotion as related to online environments will be discussed. Students will gain experience in business strategy, performance evaluation and planning as they relate to marketing techniques by visiting and analyzing online commercial websites. Students will evaluate how companies establish effective business presence on the Web and promote their businesses on the Web.
MGT325 - Marketing with New Media Communications
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): ENG102
The more complex and innovative our world becomes, the more we rely on new media communication techniques in social networks, blogs, podcasts, tweets and web video, and in traditional media such as magazines, newspapers, television and documentary films. Students will learn how to research and produce effective marketing-focused written works on technology and innovation for a variety of audiences. Topics may include the hype cycle, bias, story arcs, effective imagery and dialog.
MGT425 - Trends in Business Technologies
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): MGT324
This course is a survey of the emerging trends in business technologies. Students will look forward two to four years at the emerging products, legislation and needs that will impact them as managers and which need to be addressed to maintain the health of their organizations.
TCH200 - Product Development
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This course provides the student with an understanding of the product development lifecycle for technologies from inception to innovation to production and through to getting the product to the contemporary market. Product case studies and insights into long tail product development will be discussed.

Synthesis Courses

Complete 12 credits minimum

ENT405 - Business Planning for Entrepreneurs
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): ENT305
One of the most important cornerstones of starting a business is the business plan. This capstone course will help students create a focused, wellresearched business plan with all its essential ingredients that should serve as a blueprint. It should detail how the business will be operated, managed and capitalized. Topics will include creating and communicating vision, mission, goals and objectives. Additional topics will include business names, licensing, legal structures, incorporation, location and resources. Students will focus on both strategic and tactical planning while emphasizing creating and continuously enhancing an overall management system to guide the entrepreneurial venture as it grows.
TCH425 - Politics, Power and Technology
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): none
This course will help students develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary interplay between technology, power and politics. Topics will include the uses and misuses of various technologies as tools of power by governments, states, social groups and individuals; the uses of technologies by totalitarian governments versus democratic governments; the politics of technology transfer; and socio-economic issues associated with technology, such as digital and other divides. Students will also examine contemporary local, national and international technology policy issues.
TCH451 - Contemporary Issues in Technology
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): instructor approval
This course will explore contemporary issues within technology from a sociopolitical, economic and ethical perspective. Students will evaluate and discuss the relationship between technological innovation and social change from a value conflict and decision-making perspective.
TCH490 - Forecasting Emergent Technologies
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): instructor approval
This course explores methods used in industry practice to identify and capture emerging technologies. Learning activities include exploration of case studies and trending within the current market. There will be a project for this course in a technology area of interest to the student.
TCH491 - New Technologies: Innovation, Production and the Market
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): instructor approval
This course provides the student with an introduction to understanding the confluence of multiple influencing factors at play in emergent technology. Factors for consideration in innovation, product creation and marketing will be discussed. Discussion will cover technology development from inception to market.

CORE COURSES: BACHELOR'S DEGREE


General Education Requirements: BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Minimum 36 total general education credit hours, including:

  • Humanities:
    - Minimum 15 credit hours, including:
    COM226 - Communication in Technology
    Credits: 3.00
    Prerequisite(s): none
    Students will experience expressing technology concepts to a broad audience. Students will learn best practices in presenting technology products and pitching concepts using business-appropriate communication skills. Effective use of voice, nonverbal skills and visuals will be applied to topics such as robotics, virtual reality, animation, digital video, network security and others. Presentations include peer-to-peer feedback in student-led discussions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to create a resume and be mock interviewed for a technology position.
    ENG101 - Composition I
    Credits: 3.00
    Prerequisite(s): none
    This course is designed to present effective techniques in organizing, developing and writing academic essays that reflect a collegiate level of writing. The purpose of this course is to help students write correctly, clearly and thoughtfully. Students will receive an introduction to basic writing, thinking and reading skills required for success in college, with emphasis on fluency in analytical, rhetorical, and creative non-fiction presentation.
    ENG102 - Composition II
    Credits: 3.00
    (GE, Humanities)
    Prerequisite(s): ENG101
    ENG102 is designed to introduce students to the essential language, theories and strategies of argumentation and research. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the tools necessary to develop arguments for specific audiences within specific rhetorical situations. Students will also develop their critical reading skills: analyzing, evaluating and critiquing the claims and evidence used by various authors. Finally, students will learn proper research skills and write an in-depth research essay/project.
  • Social Sciences:
    - Minimum 9 credit hours including:
    PSY150 - Psychology of Thinking
    Credits: 3.00
    Prerequisite(s): none
    PSY150 will examine the writings of Pythagoras, the father of formal mathematical thinking; Aristotle’s major works, including his 100-plus tests for the truth of any proposition; and other major thinkers from the classical period to modern times, including Francis Bacon, Galileo and other progenitors
    of the natural and behavioral sciences. The course will close with a survey of living thinkers, including “system thinkers” and a study of the major books by Edward de Bono.
  • Mathematics:
    - Minimum 3 credit hours for Bachelor of Arts
    - Minimum 6 credit hours with 3 credit hours at 200-level or higher for Bachelor of Science
  • Natural and Life Sciences:
    - Minimum 3 credit hours for Bachelor of Arts
    - Minimum 6 credit hours for Bachelor of Science.
  • Advanced exposure requirement:
    Minimum of 12 credit hours at a 300/400 level.
    - These credits require another general education course as a prerequisite, and represent a topical extension of prior general education studies