The Department of Engineering and Technology at Texas A&M University-Commerce has launched a new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Technology Management degree program. The new fully online program is designed to prepare working professionals for managerial careers in technical fields.
Brent Donham, Ph.D., who serves as dean of the College of Science and Engineering at A&M-Commerce, said there is a large pool of worthy professionals who have reached a career plateau; they have the knowledge and experience for advancement, but they require a baccalaureate degree to obtain next-level opportunities.
The BAAS in Technology Management integrates the coursework of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) undergraduate degree with the knowledge and skill sets that industry employers desire.
The program provides a seamless transition to a bachelor's degree for students who have already completed their core and career course requirements through an earned AAS degree in technical tracks such as information technology, engineering technology, manufacturing, computer-aided design, construction technology or industrial technology.
Students will learn to function efficiently in dynamic, data-driven environments and demonstrate effective skills in organizational communication and project management. They will discover innovative organizational management and leadership practices across industry sectors and learn to engage in decision-making processes governed by personal and organizational values and ethics.
Up to 83 semester credit hours may be transferred into the program, with students completing the remaining 37 semester hours or more online through A&M-Commerce.
Donham worked with industry partners to develop relevant coursework that will prepare students for leadership and management positions in their field or position them to pursue graduate-level studies such as the online Master of Science in Technology Management at A&M-Commerce.
“Our new BAAS in Technology Management degree is in line with the department's mission to develop industry professionals who contribute to the betterment of society,” Donham said. “This is an exciting opportunity for deserving professionals to elevate their leadership and career opportunities.”