General Technical Studies

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Applied Science

Nature of Program

The general technical studies degree is designed to be versatile. It is intended to assist citizens of West Virginia and other states who have earned credits, often from a variety of sources, to apply those credits toward an associate degree. The degree is nontraditional in that it provides opportunities for verifying competencies as a means for recognizing and awarding credits for learning through life experiences, e.g. credits awarded through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DEFENSE Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) testing; credits for training in the Military, business, industry, etc. as recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE); credits for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA); credits earned through nationally recognized certifications and licenses; or credits earned by challenging courses offered by Potomac State College of WVU.

Career Opportunities

The degree provides opportunities for establishing professional credentials to meet occupational requirements, employment and personal educational goals.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following:3
Business Communications
Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Technical Writing and Reporting
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Intro Concepts Of Mathematics
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Area of Concentration18
Natural Science Elective (GEF 2)3
Social Science Elective (GEF 4)3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3CS 101 (GEF 2)4
Social Science Elective (GEF 4)3Select one of the following:3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3 
 Area of Concentration 
 Area of Concentration3
WVUE 1911Elective4
Area of Concentration3 
 16 14
Second Year
Natural Science Elective (GEF 2)3Area of Concentration3
Area of Concentration3Area of Concentration3
Elective3Area of Concentration3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

General Technical studies

  • Explore, discover and develop their special aptitudes and interests and to reach beyond their own perceived limitations;
  • Acquire the knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, ethical, and social skills needed to support their immediate educational goals, as well as life -long learning in a world characterized by change;
  • Nurture social responsibility and receptive attitudes compatible with citizenship within a global society;
  • Acquire and develop skills necessary to enter the workforce.