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 credit hours can serve as one of the concentrations in this degree program. Only “official” certificate programs from approved institutions are accepted as part of this major. (Note: Up to 11 hours of the certificate program may be used for upper-division requirements, if necessary.)

Due to the changing nature of certificate programs at many institutions and the competitive admission process for others, it is strongly suggested that the student complete the certificate program prior to enrolling at Rochester College. We have seen certificate programs changed dramatically or completely eliminated in the two to three years that students were completing their course work at Rochester College.

Students may take classes at another institution to meet the technical part of the degree while co-enrolled at Rochester College. In such a case, students must work out all of the issues related to scheduling, financial aid, full-time status, and sports eligibility. If students are entering an approved certificate program after completing their course work at Rochester College and have informed the School of Business and Professional Studies, completing 24 of the last 36 hours at Rochester College is not necessary.

While almost any approved “technical” certificate program at an approved institution will be accepted into this major, interested students should meet with the Dean of the Rochester College School of Business and Professional Studies to confirm that their chosen program is acceptable.

General Education Core49
Liberal Arts Core18
Courses completed for this core must be divided among at least three liberal arts areas, not including courses from the first and second areas of concentration. General Education hours may not be used to meet this requirement. Twelve of the eighteen hours must be Upper-Division.
Professional Studies Major – Hours Will Vary
First Area of Concentration: at least 24 hours. Must include at least 8 Upper-Division hours and be selected from the following concentration options:

  • BUSINESS
  • GENERAL SCIENCE
  • MASS COMMUNICATION
  • MATHEMATICS
  • PROFESSIONAL WRITING
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • RELIGION
  • STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
Second Area of Concentration: at least 24 hours. This concentration must be selected from recognized certification programs of recognized technical training institutions. See the dean of the school for a list of available options.

ELECTIVES – HOURS WILL VARY

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR TECHNICAL & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES MAJOR128