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Bachelor of Science in Technology

Start with an AAS or AS degree*, add a concentration and general education courses, and earn a bachelor's degree with a career-oriented emphasis.

The BST allows students to add a concentration of at least 30 hours (designed in collaboration with faculty advisors) to an existing associate degree in a technical area.

For example, you might add 30 hours of business-related courses to a health care, engineering technology, or a computer science technology associate degree, in order to become better prepared to move into a management position within your career field.

*The AAS or AS degree needs to be in a technical or vocational field.

Individuals with an AS or an AAS degree can earn a BST degree by:

  1. Completing Missouri Western's general education requirements for a bachelor's degree. These courses (e.g. additional humanities, social science, science courses) may be completed at regional community colleges, online, or at Missouri Western.
  2. Developing a concentration related to your career goals. A minimum of 10 courses are required.
  3. Completing at least 30 hours of junior- and senior-level coursework. Typically, these 30 hours will overlap substantially, or entirely, with the concentration.
  4. Maintaining a 2.3 GPA in the concentration.
  5. Attaining the minimum 124 credits required for graduation.

Sample combinations of AAS or AS degrees and concentrations

Any combination of an AAS/AS degree and junior- and senior-level coursework is possible, provided it is educationally sound and clearly supportive of a career goal.

Sample AS/AAS Degree

Sample Concentration

Resulting Bachelor's Emphasis

Dental Assisting

Introduction to Business
Business Law 1
Business Communications
Management of Organizations
Human Resources Management
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Organizational Communication
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Dental Office Management

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Industry Administration


Agricultural Management

Culinary Arts

Restaurant Management

Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Management

Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology Administration

Computer Technology

Information Technology Management

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology Administration

Medical Assisting Technology

Allied Health Administration

Sample AS/AAS Degree

Sample Concentration

Resulting Bachelor's Emphasis

Graphic Design

Business Communications
Organizational Behavior
Presentational Communications
Media and Society
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Organizational Communication
Social Problems
Advanced Composition

Design and Communications

Professional Nursing

Health Communications

Health Information Technology

Health Information Communications

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Communications

Design and Product Development

Design and Development Communications