Use Your Trade to Impact Eternity with Our Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies Degree
At Liberty, we Train Champions for Christ who have a passion for leading with excellence and integrity in every trade. We have partnered with the Virginia Technical Institute (VTI) to offer OSHA 10 and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accredited courses in carpentry, plumbing, welding, HVAC, and electrical studies.
These trade programs further our mission to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world” as we believe the related skills are critical to a functioning infrastructure and society. Whether you are considering a career abroad or simply want to expand your opportunities for employment and Christian service upon graduation, adding trade training to your degree will positively affect your professional future.
As a student on our campus, you will be engaged in our dynamic faith-based Christian environment filled with opportunities to grow spiritually, excel academically and achieve your maximum potential. By earning your associate’s degree in technical studies, you will receive the training you need to enter your trade prepared for success that impacts the world for Christ.
Why Choose Liberty’s Associate Degree in Technical Studies?
In addition to preparing you to pursue an apprenticeship toward journeyman and state certification, our residential Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Studies degree program offers you the opportunity to serve others while gaining relevant experience in Lynchburg and abroad.
Through our student-run Habitat for Humanity Club and trips with LU Send Now, you will be able to give back while gaining experience in both construction and disaster relief situations. At Liberty, we not only want to prepare you for a career but a life that makes an impact on others.
What Will You Learn in Our Technical Studies Associate Degree Program?
In our applied science technical studies degree, you will learn how to maintain a budget, explore the effects of the economy on trades, and create a safe work environment. In addition to the OSHA 10 certification you’ll earn, you can also obtain your CPR certification so that you will be prepared to respond if an accident happens in your place of work.
In your trade courses, you will learn the necessary terms and regulations you need to know to practice your craft as well as how to read building plans and construction drawings. No matter what trade you choose, your classes will combine lectures with practical, hands-on instruction, so you are prepared to start your career after graduation.
View the Degree Completion Plan and featured courses below for more information on what you’ll learn!
CRFT 101 – Introduction to Craft Skills
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Safety principles, culminating in OSHA 10 certification
- Construction math and drawings
- Materials handling
- Skills for seeking and maintaining employment
ECON 110 – Survey of Economics
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- General economic principles
- Current theories of micro and macro economics
- The current market system of the U.S. and how it compares to other systems
ELTC 101 – Foundations of Electricity
If you chose electrical studies, here’s what you’ll learn:
- Electrical safety
- The basics of the National Electric Code
- How to read basic electrical construction drawings
- The basics of residential electrical services
HLTH 205 – Accident Prevention and Care
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Principles of accident prevention
- How to respond to a variety of emergencies in unique settings
- Principles of first aid, culminating in CPR certification
Highlights of Our Technical Studies Associate’s Degree Program
- You can receive OSHA 10 and NCCER certification by earning your AAS in Technical Studies.
- Choose from five different trades that offer a variety of mission and employment opportunities.
- As a Liberty student, you have the option of transferring earned credits from your associate in technical studies degree to our B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. This gives you the ability to add a second trade, business classes, or another area of study to your degree that will help you achieve your career goals.
- We are dedicated to supporting our students, and our Career Center offers résumé review services and interview practice, as well as opportunities to connect with potential employers.
Our Technical Studies Associate Degree Program Information
Career Opportunities for AAS in Technical Studies Graduates
- HVAC specialist
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.