The Associate of Technical Study (ATS) degree allows students to combine courses from two or more different technical programs to create a degree that focuses on a special career interest. Another ATS option is for students who have successfully completed a course of technical studies in a non-credit bearing post-secondary institution that has an articulation agreement with the College. Based upon the articulation agreement, the student may receive up to 30 transfer credits toward an Associate of Technical Study degree in the specific program identified in the agreements.

Associate of Technical Study Degree

Cuyahoga Community College will grant an Associate of Technical Study degree to students in good standing upon completion of the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Technical Study degree prepares students with the skills necessary to enter and compete effectively in today’s workforce. It is awarded for the successful completion of an individually planned technical education program which contains an area of concentration formed either by an intra-institutional combination of courses from two or more different technical programs or by credit (maximum of 30 semester credit hours) awarded by the College for courses completed or training received at other institutions with which the College has entered into an articulation agreement.

  1. Students must complete an ATS Contract which includes an outline of specific coursework to be taken to earn the ATS degree.  Students must work with an academic counselor to develop the ATS contract. 
  2. Students must satisfactorily complete at least 60 semester credits (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  3. Students must achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 20 of the 60 semester credits at Cuyahoga Community College after the ATS application has been approved.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and program requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program and elective requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

Communication (6 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I1
  • Three (3) semester credits selected from the following courses:
    Communication Studies
    COMM-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
    COMM-101HHonors Speech Communication3
    ENG-1020College Composition II3
    ENG-102HHonors College Composition II3

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical methods for use in today’s workforce is essential. Students must complete the following to complete this requirement:

Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences/Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues; and to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives. To meet this requirement, students must complete the following:

  • Select six (6) semester credits from at least 2 of the following areas, with a minimum of 3 credits in each area:
  • Courses that have been used to complete the Communication requirement cannot count toward fulfilling Arts and Humanities requirement. 
    Arts and Humanities
    ART-1010Art Appreciation3
    ART-1040Survey of Non-Western Art3
    ART-2020Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance3
    ART-2030Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present3
    DANC-1100Dance Appreciation3
    English 2000-level Literature courses
    ENG-2310American Literature I3
    ENG-2320American Literature II3
    ENG-2350British Literature I3
    ENG-2360British Literature II3
    ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
    ENG-2420Introduction to Literature: Fiction3
    ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama3
    ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
    ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
    ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
    ENG-2700World Literature3
    ENG-2720Survey of Biblical Literature3
    ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
    HUM-1010Introduction to Humanities3
    HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
    HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
    HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
    Media and Journalism Studies
    MJS-1310Film Appreciation3
    MUS-1010Survey of European Classical Music3
    MUS-1020Survey of Jazz3
    MUS-1030Survey of Rock and Roll3
    MUS-1040Survey of African-American Music3
    MUS-1050Survey of World Music3
    MUS-2520Jazz History I2
    PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
    PHIL-1010Introduction to Philosophy3
    PHIL-101HHonors Introduction to Philosophy3
    PHIL-1020Introduction to Logic3
    PHIL-2010Comparative World Religion3
    PHIL-202HHonors Ethics3
    PHIL-2031Philosophy of Science3
    PHIL-2040Philosophy of Art3
    PHIL-205HHonors Bioethics3
    Religious Studies
    REL-1010Introduction to Religious Studies3
    REL-2010Religious Traditions of Western Christianity3
    REL-2020Religious Traditions of Judaism3
    REL-2060African-American Religious Experience3
    THEA-1010Theatre Appreciation3
    THEA-1100Survey and Appreciation of American Musical Theatre3
    THEA-2210History of Theatre and Drama I3
    THEA-2220History of Theatre & Drama II3

    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    ANTH-1010Cultural Anthropology3
    ANTH-2010Peoples and Cultures of the World3
    ECON-1210Survey of Economics3
    ECON-1220Economic Development of the American Economy3
    GEOG-1010World Regional Geography3
    GEOG-1030Environmental Geography3
    GEOG-1050Africans in the Americas3
    GEOG-1510Regional Geography of the United States and Canada3
    HIST-1010History of Civilization I3
    HIST-101HHonors History of Civilization I3
    HIST-1020History of Civilization II3
    HIST-102HHonors History of Civilization II3
    HIST-1510United States History to 18773
    HIST-151HHonors United States History to 18773
    HIST-1520United States History Since 18773
    HIST-152HHonors United States History since 18773
    HIST-1630History of Immigration in America3
    HIST-1700History of Africa3
    HIST-2070African American Women-History3
    HIST-2160African American History 1877-present3
    HIST-2520Hitler and the Holocaust3
    HIST-2660Women in American History3
    Political Science
    POL-1010American National Government3
    POL-101HHonors American National Government3
    POL-1020State & Local Government3
    POL-2030Comparative Politics3
    POL-2060Political Systems of Africa3
    POL-2070International Relations3
    POL-2100Constitutional Law3
    PSY-1010General Psychology3
    PSY-101HHonors General Psychology3
    PSY-1050Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
    PSY-2010Child Growth and Development3
    PSY-2020Life Span Development4
    PSY-2040Social Psychology3
    PSY-2050Psychology of Personality3
    PSY-2060Adolescent Psychology3
    PSY-2080Abnormal Psychology3
    PSY-2100Introduction to Aging3
    PSY-2110Educational Psychology3
    SOC-1010Introductory Sociology3
    SOC-101HHonors Introductory Sociology3
    SOC-1020Social Institutions3
    SOC-2010Social Problems3
    SOC-201HHonors Social Problems3
    SOC-2020Sociology of the Family3
    SOC-2100Aging and Society3
    SOC-2110Death and Dying3
    SOC-2310Contemporary American Black-White Relations3
    SOC-2510Urban Sociology3
    SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3
    Urban Studies
    UST-1010Introduction to Urban Studies3
    UST-1020Urban Geography3
    UST-2020Urban Cultures3
    UST-2070Urban Politics3
    UST-2640American Urban History3
    Women's Studies
    WST-1510Introduction to Women's Studies3
    WST-2010Women in the World3

    Natural and Physical Sciences
    Natural and Physical Sciences
    ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
    BIO-1040The Cell and DNA3
    BIO-104LThe Cell and DNA Laboratory1
    BIO-1050Human Biology3
    BIO-105LHuman Biology Laboratory1
    BIO-1060Environment, Ecology, and Evolution3
    BIO-106LEnvironment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory1
    BIO-1100Introduction to Biological Chemistry3
    BIO-1221Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging4
    BIO-1230Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye4
    BIO-1300Horticultural Botany3
    BIO-1410Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals I4
    BIO-1420Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals II3
    BIO-1500Principles of Biology I4
    BIO-150HHonors Principles of Biology I4
    BIO-1510Principles of Biology II4
    BIO-151HHonors Principles of Biology II4
    BIO-2020Tropical Biology4
    BIO-2060Principles of Genetics3
    BIO-2070Techniques in Molecular Genetics3
    BIO-2100Biology of Aging3
    BIO-2150Environmental Science3
    BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I4
    BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II4
    CHEM-1000Everyday Chemistry3
    CHEM-100LEveryday Chemistry Laboratory1
    CHEM-1010Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
    CHEM-101HHonors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
    CHEM-1020Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
    CHEM-102HHonors Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
    CHEM-1080Herbal Medicines and Natural Products3
    CHEM-1300General Chemistry I4
    CHEM-130HHonors General Chemistry I5
    CHEM-130LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I1
    CHEM-1310General Chemistry II4
    CHEM-131HHonors General Chemistry II5
    CHEM-131LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
    CHEM-2000Analytical Chemistry5
    CHEM-2300Organic Chemistry I5
    CHEM-2310Organic Chemistry II5
    Earth Science
    ESCI-103LEarth Laboratory1
    ESCI-1040Weather Studies3
    ESCI-1050Introduction to Ocean Studies3
    ESCI-1310Physical Geography3
    ESCI-131LLab in Physical Geography1
    ESCI-1410Physical Geology3
    ESCI-141HHonors Physical Geology3
    ESCI-141LLab in Physical Geology1
    ESCI-1510Historical Geology3
    ESCI-151LLab in Historical Geology1
    ESCI-1610Geology of the National Parks3
    ESCI-161LLab in Geology of the National Parks1
    Physical Science
    PSCI-1010Astronomy [PSCI-1010 is now listed as PHYS-1010; students must register under PHYS-1010]3
    PSCI-101LAstronomy Laboratory [PSCI-101L is now listed as PHYS-101L; students must register under PHYS-101L]1
    PSCI-1020Everyday Chemistry [PSCI-1020 is now listed as CHEM-1000; students must register under CHEM-1000]3
    PSCI-102LEveryday Chemistry Lab [PSCI-102L now listed as CHEM-1000; students must register under CHEM-100L]1
    PSCI-1030Earth [PSCI-1030 is now listed as ESCI-1030; students must register under ESCI-1030]3
    PSCI-103LEarth Laboratory [PSCI-103L is now listed as ESCI-103L; students must register under ESCI-103L]1
    PHYS-101LAstronomy Laboratory1
    PHYS-1050Everyday Physics2
    PHYS-1210College Physics I4
    PHYS-1220College Physics II4
    PHYS-1300Physics of Optical Materials4
    PHYS-2250Radiographic Physics and Quality Control4
    PHYS-2310General Physics I5
    PHYS-2320General Physics II5
    The following courses from non-science subject areas can be counted toward this requirement for the Associate of Applied Business degree:
    DIET-1200Basic Nutrition3
    EMT-1401Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics4
    MT-1242Somatic Studies I3
    MT-1272Somatic Studies II3
    MT-1280Somatic Studies III2

Elective Graduation Requirements (15 semester credits)

The remaining fifteen (15) semester credits to complete the required minimum total of sixty (60) semester credits may be chosen from 1000-level courses and above, exclusive of developmental coursework and physical education. Courses taken to meet general education requirements in Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Natural and Physical Sciences cannot count towards fulfilling elective graduation requirements. Selection of elective semester credit hours of coursework shall be related to the occupational objective of the student of the basic components to further develop technical competencies.

Program Requirements

The program leading to an Associate of Technical Study degree must have an area of concentration which is equivalent to thirty (30) semester credits in technical studies and clearly identifiable with a career objective. Approximately one-half of each Associate of Technical Study program is devoted to non-technical studies.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. I