Applied Technology Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Applied Technology Studies Student

About this program

Set your sights on a career path and nothing will get in your way. A degree in Applied Technology lends the flexibility to pair your transfer credits with career-boosting courses to earn a bachelor’s that complements your area of focus.

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


Overall Placement

Flexible Curriculum


Average Class Size


  • Career opportunities will be primarily dependent on your area of focus.

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Applied Technology Studies Directed Electives (BAT)
  • Senior Capstone Elective (CAP)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Math Elective (MTH180 or Higher) (MTD)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • Business Statistics (MTH157)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
The Dr. Welch Workshop

The Dr. Welch Workshop

Take hands-on learning to the next level. Explore your creativity. Collaborate with others. Bring your ideas to light. Tomorrow is in the making. The makerspace is a workshop where you can collaborate with students, faculty, and staff, or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career.

Student Experience

“The education at Penn College gives you the opportunity to write your own career path. You’re not locked into a certain career when you begin at Penn College. Your locked into an opportunity which can culminate in the career that you want.” 

Johnathan Capps, Automation Engineer, Packaging Progressions, Inc.

Applied Technology Studies


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Baja SAE

Join other students, across various majors, and apply your skills to design a vehicle to compete in regular Baja SAE competitions.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

Penn College News

Penn College cybersecurity grad serves the nation

James P. Thomas considers himself lucky. He found his passion, nurtured it and made it his profession. Today, the beneficiaries of his zest and expertise are countless. The Pennsylvania College of Technology alumnus supports national security by mitigating cyber risks for the U.S. military. The 2020 graduate is an information systems security engineer for the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific.


Open House visitors enjoy cool campus on hot day

"Despite the heat, it was a wonderful day,” enthused Bryce W. Winder, coordinator of admissions events and communications, describing Saturday’s Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology. “Our guests were amazing and brought the energy to campus." Winder reports that about 400 students and 1,200 guests were in attendance on the ultra-hot summer day. Their reward for braving the heat was the opportunity to view a lot of “cool stuff."


Teachers become students of STEM at Penn College

Seven secondary school teachers representing different regions of the state became students of STEM during a recent weeklong externship at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Supported by a PAsmart grant, STEM Careers Re-Imagined: An Industry and Education Collaborative, the program engaged educators in activities rooted in science, math and engineering and supplied them with resources for future classroom use.

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Welding students cap unique remodeling project

Welding students cap unique remodeling project

A dedicated group of Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students added the “crown” to a stunning remodeling job for a McEwensville homeowner.

Seven members of the college’s American Welding Society student chapter and faculty advisor Steve J. Kopera volunteered their time and expertise to craft and install a 6-by-9-foot “tree of life” metallic sculpture at a former church.

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More Information

Regular college admissions policies and procedures apply. Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 24 college-level credits before enrolling in this major.

Students wishing to transfer into this major should consult with the applicable school office to determine which discipline areas are most appropriate and if openings are available within desired courses. Students wishing to pursue predominantly business-related course work should enroll in the Applied Management major.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Career Fair Connections

    Career Fair Connections

    Penn College graduates are in high demand. Employer participation at the Career Fair is proof. Attracting 400+ organizations, this popular event is hosted twice per year and introduces students to all types of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

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