Applied Science and Technology

The Applied Science and Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is designed to give students the technical skills high-tech employers in our area need, right now.

Students in the program will learn the foundational STEM and problem-solving skills that make them an in-demand, immediately employable technician with knowledge in science, technology, and math.

This program is ideal for veterans, workers eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, adult students, employees looking to upgrade skills, and past or present manufacturing employees.

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Program Chair

Sophia Georgiakaki

Sophia Georgiakaki

Professor, Mathematics

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Transfer Options

With careful planning with an academic advisor, graduates can continue their education at a four-year college or university. Possible transfer institutions include:

  • Binghamton University
  • Cornell University
  • Ithaca College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Polytechnic
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University

Degree Requirements

A.A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
BIOT101, Introduction to Biotechnology, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 2
DRAF107, Engineering Graphics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
DRAF117, Architectural Drafting I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
Select from: CAPS 111, 121, 123, 131, 133, 141, 152, 153, 154, or WD 157.
CAPS111, Introduction to Word Processing, 1 cr.
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
CAPS123, Advanced Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
CAPS133, Advanced Databases, 1 cr.
CAPS141, Presentation Software, 1 cr.
CAPS152, Web Page Design, 1 cr.
CAPS153, Advanced Web Page Design, 1 cr.
CAPS154, JavaScript, 1 cr.
WD157, Web & Mobile Design, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Must be MATH 122 or higher.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
ANTH@
COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
COMM225, Communication Law and Ethics, 3 cr.
CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
ECON@
EDUC295, Foundations of Education, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
ENVS110, Food Systems I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System, 3 cr.
ENVS111, Food System II: Food Movements, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
GEOG@
HSTY@
POSC@
PSYC@
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE@
SOCI@
WGST@
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Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 14
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
Select from: CAPS 111, 121, 123, 131, 133, 141, 152, 153, 154, or WD 157.
CAPS111, Introduction to Word Processing, 1 cr.
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
CAPS123, Advanced Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
CAPS133, Advanced Databases, 1 cr.
CAPS141, Presentation Software, 1 cr.
CAPS152, Web Page Design, 1 cr.
CAPS153, Advanced Web Page Design, 1 cr.
CAPS154, JavaScript, 1 cr.
WD157, Web & Mobile Design, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
Select from: CAPS 111, 121, 123, 131, 133, 141, 152, 153, 154, or WD 157.
CAPS111, Introduction to Word Processing, 1 cr.
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
CAPS123, Advanced Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
CAPS133, Advanced Databases, 1 cr.
CAPS141, Presentation Software, 1 cr.
CAPS152, Web Page Design, 1 cr.
CAPS153, Advanced Web Page Design, 1 cr.
CAPS154, JavaScript, 1 cr.
WD157, Web & Mobile Design, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL103, Report Writing, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Public Speaking Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: ART 101, ART 102, ENGL 102, ENGL 200, ENGL 233, ENGL/SOCE 258, ENVS 105, MUSI 101, PHIL 101, PHIL 201, and all Foreign Language Electives. A Foreign Language Elective is recommended.
ARAB@
ART101, Art History: Ancient to Early Medieval, 3 cr.
ART102, Art History: Renaissance to Contemporary , 3 cr.
ASL101, Beginning American Sign Language I, 3 cr.
ASL102, Beginning American Sign Language II, 3 cr.
CHIN@
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL233, Film Analysis, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics, 3 cr.
FREN@
GERM@
ITAL@
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
PHIL101, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 cr.
PHIL201, Contemporary Moral Issues, 3 cr.
RUSN@
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
SPAN@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CONT, CSCI, ELEC, ENSC, ENVS (except ENVS 105, 107, 108), MATH (must be 138 or higher), or PHSC.
BIOL@
CHEM@
CIS@
CONT@
CSCI@
ELEC@
ENSC@
ENVS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH208, Linear Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
PHSC@
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

Microcredential: Civil Engineering Technician Level 1
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 9 credits

The Civil Engineering Technician - Level 1 Credential requires completion of three courses.
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CONT 104 Print Reading for Construction (3 credits)
CONT 107 Construction Materials (3 credits)
DRAF 117 Architectural Drafting I (3 credits)

PRINT READING FOR CONSTRUCTION

This course is an overview of interpreting and visualizing large-print, construction drawings both residential and commercial.  Site plans, architectural drawings, foundation, structural, residential framing, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and welding prints are studied.  Green building characteristics are also included and careers in construction are reviewed.  Prerequisites:  Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 100 or ESL 120, 121, and 122.  3 cr. (3 Lec.)

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

This is a first semester course designed primarily for Construction and Environmental Technology students. It is intended to develop familiarity with and an understanding of the properties of basic construction materials including concrete, steel, wood, aggregates, and masonry and to explore environmental regulations, alternative construction methods, and sustainability in the construction industry. Course content will be presented through lecture, class discussion, demonstrations, and field trips. Prerequisites: Prior completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 095 and RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING I

The first of a two course sequence intended to introduce and develop proficiency in basic drafting techniques used in building and construction drawing. In addition, related light construction principles are introduced. Using AutoCad, the student creates building plans, sections and details. Note: The course no longer includes any manual instrument drawing and it is not an architectural "design" course. Prerequisites: ENGL 099 or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103) if required by placement testing; MATH 090 if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)

Degree Requirements

Microcredential: Electrical Engineering Technician Level 1
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 8 credits

The Electrical Engineering Technician - Level 1 Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of four courses.
Printable version of credential checklist

ELEC 102 Introduction to Electrical Engineering Applications (4 credits)
DRAF 107 Engineering Graphics (2 credits)
CAPS 121 Introduction to Spreadsheets (1 credit)
CAPS 123 Advanced Spreadsheets (1 credit)

INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS

Designed for students with interest in Electrical Engineering Technology, the course focuses on establishing basic mathematical and programming concepts needed to successfully complete academic and lab work in the field, as well as providing an overview of hardware and software used in the industry. Topics covered include mathematical concepts, logic, logic circuits, print reading for electronics, basic programming techniques, problem solving, troubleshooting of electronics equipment, programmable Arduino boards, S4A, and data manipulation applications. Additional topics explored include soldering, macros in Excel, and introduction to electrical engineering software. Prerequisites: Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ESL 122. 4 Cr. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.).

ENGINEERING GRAPHICS

This course introduces students to the graphical "language of the engineer," and is designed for students planning to enter an engineering-related field. Students explore graphical communication through freehand sketching and 3-D modeling using SolidWorks. The course emphasizes drafting standards in the creation of multi-view and pictorial drawings, and incorporates dimensioning and tolerances. Prerequisites: MATH 095 if required by placement testing; ENGL 099 or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103) if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 2 Cr. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)

INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS

An introduction to the operation and uses of a spreadsheet program. Topics covered parallel the objectives used for the Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Core Exam in Excel and include working with cells and cell data, managing workbooks, formatting and printing worksheets, modifying workbooks, creating and revising formulas, creating and modifying graphics, and workgroup collaboration. Students taking this course in an online format should have access to a computer with Excel. Prerequisites: Familiarity working in a Microsoft Windows environment is recommended; RDNG 116 if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in MATH 090 and ENGL 099 if required by placement testing. 1 Cr. (2 Lec., 2 Lab. for 5 weeks)

ADVANCED SPREADSHEETS

Advanced topics in Microsoft Excel that fulfill most of the objectives for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert Exam in Excel. Topics include planning, recording, running and editing macros, creating VBA procedures, enhancing charts, adding sparklines, identifying data trends, using what-if-analysis (scenario manager, goal seek, data tables), analyzing data, creating PivotTables and PivotCharts, exchanging data with other programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Access, sharing, customizing and maintaining workbooks, importing and exporting data and auditing worksheets. Students taking this course in an online format should have access to a computer with Excel. Prerequisites: CAPS 121; RDNG 116 if required by placement testing; ENGL 099 or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103) if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in MATH 090 if required by placement testing. 1 Cr. (2 Lec., 2 Lab. for 5 weeks)

Degree Requirements

Microcredential: Geotechnical Lab Technician
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 8 credits

The Geotechnical Lab Technician Credential requires completion of three courses.
Printable version of credential checklist

CONT 209 Soil Mechanics (3 credits)
CONT 216 Materials Testing (2 credits)
ENGL 103 Report Writing (3 credits)

SOIL MECHANICS

This course is an overview of soil types, properties of soils, and their behavior under stress. Students learn soil classification and basic soil property tests, including field testing.  The standards for laboratory testing by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) are used in most soil testing processes.  Lab fee required.  This course fulfills the SUNY GEN ED Natural Science requirement and is a lab science course. Prerequisites: MATH 122; prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 103.  3 cr. (2 Lec, 3 Lab).

MATERIALS TESTING

Laboratory testing procedures pertaining to a variety of construction materials are discussed, followed by performance of those tests.  Special attention is placed on concrete testing in accordance with procedures set by ASTM standards. Course content is presented through lecture, class discussion, and demonstrations. Students perform lab exercises either individually or in groups and prepare individual, complete, formal reports of each exercise to professional standards.  Lab fee required. Prerequisites: CONT 107; ENGL 103; prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 122 or MATH 138. 2 Cr. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)

REPORT WRITING

Report Writing incorporates discussion, analysis and design of the principal types of formal and informal reports including incident, field trip, investigation, evaluation, feasibility, instructions, and description. Students are introduced to the basics of report writing style. A review of fundamentals of grammar and usage needed for clear, concise reports, as well as the mechanics of writing are included. ENGL 103 fulfills the SUNY General Education Basic Communication requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 100 with grade of C or better; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in MATH 090 and RDNG 099 if required by placement testing. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)

Degree Requirements

Microcredential: Surveying Technician
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 6 credits

The Surveying Technician Credential requires completion of two courses.
Printable version of credential checklist

CONT 202 Surveying I (3 credits)
CONT 203 Surveying II (3 credits)

SURVEYING I

CONT 202 is the first of a sequence of two courses in plane surveying. It focuses on fundamental surveying theory and terrestrial–based survey measurements. Computations are made using an orthogonal 2D coordinate reference system and vertical datum. Use of traditional and modern surveying instruments is covered as well as computation methods using Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software. The emphasis of the course is primarily on construction and civil engineering applications. Instruction includes lectures and field use of traditional and modern instruments to perform measurements of distances, areas, angles, directions, elevations, and coordinates. Prerequisites: MATH 122; RDNG 116 if required by placement. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)

SURVEYING II

This is the second of two surveying courses. It expands on terrestrial–based survey, the use of total station and Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software, but it primarily focuses on geomatics and spaced–based survey measuring. Computation methods involve a geodesic 3D coordinate reference system. Use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) equipment, remote sensing, and geographic information systems technologies will be covered. The emphasis of the course is on construction, civil, and environmental engineering applications. Instruction includes lectures and field use of modern instruments to perform subdivision, topographical survey, route alignments, Earthwork, and hydrographic survey. Prerequisites: CONT 202. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)