The Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 60 semester credits. The degree provides students with skills and knowledge for gainful employment or to pursue a degree at four-year colleges/universities. Courses for this degree must be customized following the AA degree curriculum format, and include specialized area courses. Students must earn a grade of (C) or better for all program courses required for the degree. Curricula for ATS degree is customized by a student and his advisor and submitted to CPC and the Dean of Academic Affairs for review and approval. Each program curricula is not official unless it is approved.
Entrance Requirements – To enter the Associate of Technical Studies Program, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Be a high school or adult high school graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; or possess a GED diploma with a minimum score of 450 on all five sections, OR
- Be a currently enrolled student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, OR
- Have a TOEFL score of 500 or higher
Exit Requirements – to be granted the Associate of Technical Studies degree, the following must be fulfilled:
- Satisfactory completion of the required number of credits from the customized curricula.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- A grade of C or better in each specialty course is also required.
- Residency: final 12 credits must be taken on PCC campus.
- File an application for graduation. Refer to the “Application for Graduation” section of the catalog for complete details.
- Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
1. Students who are planning to transfer to four-year colleges/universities are advised to take more than the minimum requirements, and should consult with their academic advisors regarding transferable electives.
2. The residency requirement may be waived for cause at the option of the Vice President of Education and Training.