Program Descriptions

3 + 1 A.A.S. Capstone Technology Program

You can earn ¾ of your degree at a community college and finish your last ¼ at NIU.

Here is how you do it:

1.   Earn 27 hours of general education requirements at NIU, a community college or other accredited institution:

  • COMS 100
  • ENGL 103 & 104
  • 9 HRS OF HUMANITIES (6 HOURS OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES AND 3 HOURS OF VP&A
  • 6 HOURS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • 3 HOURS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY

2.  Take 30 hours in technology foundations at NIU, a community college, or other accredited institution:

  • MATH 155
  • CHEM 110/111
  • PHYS 150A
  • STAT 208
  • MGMT 346 or ENGL 308
  • ACCY 206 of ACCY 288
  • TECH 175/175A
  • TECH 211
  • TECH 265

3.  Get 23 hours in technology credit for completing your AAS degree. These 23 hours count towards the 120 minimum credits you need to graduate.  They do not go towards your 30 hours of NIU credit.  

4.   Earn 9 hours of general electives at NIU, a community college, or other accredited institution.  May need to be 300-400 level to satisfy NIU 40 hr upper level requirement. 

5.  Take 6 hours of technology electives at NIU, a community college, or other accredited institution. May need to be 300-400 level to satisfy NIU 40 hour upper level requirement.

6.  Earn your final 27 hours of upper level technology management and supervision courses at NIU:

  • TECH 391: Industrial Quality Control
  • TECH 404: Supervision in Industry
  • TECH 406: Facilities Management Technology
  • TECH 429: Plant Location, Layout & Materials Management
  • TECH 434: Human Factors in Industrial Accident Prevention
  • TECH 492: Manufacturing Distribution Applications
  • TECH 496: Industrial Project Management

Including two courses from:

  • TECH 305: Green Technologies
  • TECH 402: Industrial Training & Evaluation
  • TECH 415: Applied Industrial Experimental Analysis
  • TECH 442: Work Simplification & Measurement
  • TECH 443: Engineering Economy
  • TECH 444: Manufacturing Control Systems
  • TECH 484: Energy Management

In order to graduate from NIU, you’ll need to make sure you’ve fulfilled the following requirements:

  • 120 semester hours of approved coursework (includes credits earned at community colleges
  • 40 hours of the approved 120 must come from upper-division coursework
  • Maintain a 2.0 accumulative GPA
  • Complete all general education requirements
  • Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours at NIU

Contact Stacey Deegan at sdeegan@niu.edu or (815) 753-9943 to assess your coursework.

Visit our Applied Manufacturing Technology course rotation spreadsheet for a look at when and how courses are offered.
http://www.niu.edu/tech/offcampus/index.shtml.