The Technical and Applied Studies program is part of BGSU Firelands.   

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Technical and Applied Studies

The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) at BGSU Firelands is a versatile degree designed to meet a growing job market. Students strengthen communication, critical thinking and professional skills while also increasing career-specific skills in small business enterprise.

Entrance into this blended degree program will require an associate degree or students will be advised through an associate degree completion program before transitioning into the BTAS area of study.

Quality classroom experiences

This program provides a track in small business enterprise which requires a minimum of 120 credit hours including 15 credit hours of technical and applied studies (TAS) courses and 33 credit hours in small business enterprise. A total of 60-62 hours from an associate degree in business or other associate degree program may be applied toward the BTAS. All student will complete a field experience in a professional setting.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Technical and Applied Studies
  • Understanding Data
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Project Development
  • Senior Capstone Field Experience

What is BTAS?


Small Business Enterprise: The concentration in Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is an in-depth examination of small businesses built on a foundation of continuous innovation, lean principles, asset management, labor effectiveness, promotion, social media and communication.
The Associate of Applied Business (AAB) will work seamlessly into the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS). Additionally, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Technical Study degree holders will be prepared for the BTAS in Small Business Enterprise (SBE).
Students will spend an entire semester working on one business project that will lead to Lean certification focusing on customer value. The degree will be available entirely and exclusively at BGSU Firelands.

Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies Program is a versatile degree designed to meet a growing job market

Internships & Careers

Graduates often work in a small business (typically 50 employees or fewer) environment in a variety of positions with duties ranging from leadership to human resources to project management to event planning to marketing to finance among other responsibilities or go on to start their own business.

GO FAR in your career

  • Small Business Owner
  • Hospitals
  • Local and Regional Government
  • Advanced Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Quality Control
  • Human Resources
  • Project Managers
  • Event Planners
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Learning Outcomes

  • Planning: Demonstrate ability to manage cash flow, labor, operations, and promotion.
  • Decision-making: Recognize elements of decision-making as related to cash flow, labor, operations, and promotion.
  • Intrapreneurial innovation: Demonstrate an understanding of Lean principles to innovate by using qualitative and quantitative methods to support conclusions.
  • Values and vision: Recognize and respond to new trends.