General Technology - AAS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

Through a partnership agreement with Utah System of Technical Colleges (USTC) and Utah State University, you can apply your USTC certificate/credential toward an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in General Technology.

Following the completion of an approved USTC certificate and being admitted to USU, you must successfully complete the USU requirements in a chosen emphasis area. Upon graduation, your USTC certificate will be converted to 30 USU credit hours and you will be awarded a USU Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology. For a list of approved USTC certificates and USU emphases, contact your local USTC student services office and a USU advisor.

Allied Health Emphasis: Students will be equipped with clinical and clerical skills according to their interests. Courses will emphasize practical and experiential learning to equip future health professionals with necessary skills for workplace success. Students will cover applied courses and theory knowledge to better support the communities they work in. Students may focus on the assisting of medical procedures, emphasize patient care, or focus on community health and educational resources.

Design and Creative Arts Emphasis: Students will obtain experience with technology related to Design and Creative arts including Sketching, 3D CAD, computer graphics, and other digital design and media technologies. Courses are designed to teach students industry practices through project-based activities.

General Business Emphasis: Students will be provided a well-rounded study of basic business skills in computer applications, accounting, organizational behavior, marketing, communication, information technology, and other various business support skills. Non-technical skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and professionalism, are emphasized in each course and students can choose to work toward obtaining Microsoft Office certifications or other industry certifications that will enhance their resume and offer concrete evidence of superior computer skills.

Technology Systems Emphasis: Students will have the opportunity to explore the technical areas related to design, manufacturing, and product development. Courses are designed to be project based, with an emphasis on problem solving, and link directly to skills needed for industry and have industry recognized certifications that can be obtained.

Agricultural Production and Automation Technologies: Students will apply technical skills need to service, maintain, and troubleshoot advance technology used in agricultural production and processing. Coursework encompasses applied engineering, troubleshooting, and operation of equipment. As an integral part of the program, students may complete an occupational experience or an internship in the industry. Students completing the General Technology AAS emphasis in Agricultural Production and Automated Processing Technology may stack credits into a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Technology.

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*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Admission Requirements

Students are admitted into this program through the university’s regular admission process.

  1. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing (a 2.5 GPA) qualify for admission to this major.

  2. Transfer students from other institutions and from other USU majors need a 2.2 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

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Students who have completed a 900-hour program at a UCAT institution or a certificate of completion/proficiency from USU may apply to USU for admission to this program. There are four degree emphasis area for students which include: General Business, Allied Health Systems, Technology Systems, and Design and Creative Art.

Certificates of Proficiency and Completion from USU also count toward the General Technology AAS in place of a UCAT 900 hour certificate.

Program Requirements

A student will complete 15-16 credits of general education, including one course in English composition, a math course, and nine credits of breadth area courses (humanities, physical science, and economics). In addition, the student will complete an emphasis area listed above (usually 19-24 credits). The remainder of the student’s credits will be made up of transfer credits from a UCAT institution (30 credits). The minimum number of credits needed for the AAS degree is 63. A student must have an accumulated GPA of at least 2.0 in order to graduate.

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