The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in technical and professional studies allows students to incorporate technical training from another institution (a certificate program) into a Bachelor’s degree. In effect, any completed technical certificate (from an approved institution) that carries 24-50 semester hours can serve as one of the concentrations in this degree program. Only “official” certificate programs from approved institutions will be accepted as part of this major. (Note: Up to 11 hours of the certificate program may be used for upper-division requirements, if necessary.)
Whenever possible, students interested in this degree plan should complete all other degree requirements at Rochester College and then pursue the technical training as a block. If the student is entering an approved certificate program and has informed the Department of Business and Professional Studies, then it is not necessary to complete 24 of the last 36 hours at Rochester College (as stipulated in the catalog). Students may choose to take classes at another institution to meet the technical part of their degree while co-enrolled at Rochester College. In such a case the student must work out all of the issues related to scheduling, financial aid, full-time status, and sports eligibility.
Below is a list of some of the technical certificate programs that are available at recognized institutions such as Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. This list simply represents some available options; these institutions may adjust their programs and offerings.
This program allows students to incorporate technical training from another institution (e.g. from a certificate program) into a degree in professional studies.