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. Students who have successfully completed a course of technical studies at a non-credit-bearing postsecondary institution that has an articulation agreement with the College may be able to 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 that 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 credit hours at the 1000-level or higher. No more than 3 of the 60 credits can be completed in physical education.
  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 credit hours at Cuyahoga Community College after the ATS application has been approved.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research and Cooperative Education courses may be applied toward 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 that 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 credit hours)

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
ENG-2151Technical Writing3

Students who transfer in credits for ENG-1020 College Composition II without having credit for ENG-1010 will have ENG-1010 waived, but the required 6 hours in Communication must be earned.

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credit hours)

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 credit hours)

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-2020Women Writers on the Experiences of Women3
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-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
ENG-2770Rhetorics of Gaming: Introduction to Video Game Analysis3
HIST-2031Islam to the Modern Middle East3
HIST-2660Women in American History3
HUM-1010Introduction to Humanities3
HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
HUM-2020Community Engagement Through the Humanities3
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
PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
PHIL-1010Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL-101HHonors Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL-1020Introduction to Logic3
PHIL-202HHonors Ethics3
PHIL-2031Philosophy of Science3
PHIL-2040Philosophy of Art3
PHIL-205HHonors Bioethics3
PHIL-2060Business Ethics3
PHIL-208HHonors Social Justice3
Religious Studies
REL-1010Introduction to Religious Studies3
REL-2000Comparative World Religions3
REL-2010Religious Traditions of Western Christianity3
REL-2060African-American Religious Experience3
THEA-1010Theatre Appreciation3
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-2000Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON-2010Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG-1000Introduction to Geography3
GEOG-1010World Regional Geography3
GEOG-1050Africans in the Americas3
GEOG-1510Regional Geography of the United States and Canada3
GEOG-2030Environmental Geography3
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-2150African American History to 18773
HIST-2160African American History 1877-present3
HIST-2660Women in American History3
HIST-2700History of Modern Africa3
Political Science
POL-1010American National Government3
POL-101HHonors American National Government3
POL-1020State & Local Government3
POL-2020Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies3
POL-2030Comparative Politics3
POL-2060Political Systems of Africa3
POL-2070International Relations3
POL-2100Constitutional Law3
POL-2120Women and Politics3
PSY-1010General Psychology3
PSY-101HHonors General Psychology3
PSY-1050Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSY-2010Child Growth and Development3
PSY-201HHonors Child Growth and Development3
PSY-2020Life Span Development4
PSY-202HHonors Life Span Development4
PSY-2040Social Psychology3
PSY-2050Psychology of Personality3
PSY-2060Adolescent Psychology3
PSY-2081Psychopathology (formerly PSY-2080 Abnormal Psychology)3
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-2160Introduction to Criminology3
SOC-2410Sociology of Gender3
SOC-2510Urban Sociology3
SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3
Urban Studies
UST-1010Introduction to Urban Studies3
UST-2020Urban Cultures3
UST-2070Urban Politics3
UST-2640American Urban History3
Women and Gender Studies
WGS-1510Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-151HHonors Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-2010Women in the World3
WGS-201HHonors Women in the World3
WGS-2120Women and Politics3

Natural and Physical Sciences

ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
BIO-1040The Cell and DNA3
BIO-104LThe Cell and DNA Laboratory1
BIO-1050Human Biology3
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-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-2060Principles of 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-1081Medicinal Plants Chemistry3
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-2300Organic Chemistry I5
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-141LLab in Physical Geology1
ESCI-1610Geology of the National Parks3
ESCI-161LLab in Geology of the National Parks1
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 Technical Studies degree:
DIET-1200Basic Nutrition3
EMT-1401Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics4
MT-1242Somatic Studies I3
MT-1272Somatic Studies II3
MT-1280Somatic Studies III2

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
MJS-1611Black Media3
SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3
WGS-1510Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-151HHonors Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-2010Women in the World3
WGS-201HHonors Women in the World3

Elective Graduation Requirements (15 semester credit hours)

The remaining 15 semester credits to complete the required minimum total of 60 semester credits may be chosen from 1000-level courses and above, exclusive of developmental coursework. 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 that is equivalent to 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.