Technical Studies
Technical Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Business, Technology, and
Professional Studies Division


Over the past decade, certified apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades have become sophisticated operations that enable employees to enter a career or move up a career ladder after participating in a formalized training process.

The A.A.S. degree in Technical Studies provides a means for students to earn an applied science degree partly based on credits received through technical training.

The opportunity to earn college credit based on an apprenticeship in the construction and building trades is provided in cooperation with NJ PLACE and the United States Department of Labor. For information about how apprenticeship credits may be applied to an A.A.S. degree, visit

  • Compete effectively in a technology-based global economy;
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills to be more productive in their chosen profession and career;
  • Demonstrate competence in a broad array of intellectual and communications skills with information and habits of mind that enrich their lives and enable them to participate more fully in a democratic society.
2021-2022 Academic Year
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CIP 309999

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (foundation courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
CSW 100 College Success and Personal Wellness (2/0)
  • Some exemptions apply. Consult academic advisor for details.
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
ENG 112 English Composition II with Speech (3/0)  
  OR 3
ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0)  
IST 101 Computer Concepts with Applications (2/2)  
  OR 3
IST 102 Computer Concepts with Programming (2/2)  
MAT  — Mathematics elective 3
  —    — Humanities general education elective 3
  —    — Science OR Technology general education elective 3
  —    — Social Science general education elective 3
  —    — Social Science or Humanities general education elective 3
Credits Subtotal: 26
Students meet with an advisor to select an area of concentration from among all of MCCC’s technically-oriented A.A.S. degree programs. A faculty advisor for the selected concentration will develop a plan of study with each student.
  • 25 credits must be earned as block credits in Technical Studies for certified apprenticeship training programs in the building and construction trades.
  • 9 additional credits selected in technical or career areas.
Credits Subtotal: 34