Technology B.P.S. Guidelines

The technologist is typically a practical person who is interested in the application of theoretical principles for the achievement of practical ends. A B.P.S. in technology would be appropriate for students whose focus is on the applied technologies.

The technology professions require:

  • an understanding of scientific and mathematical principles
  • detailed knowledge of relevant practices and procedures whereby those principles are applied operationally.

Studies in technology include the theoretical foundations of the field and an emphasis on application. Depending upon the specific technology and the scientific base of that technology, degrees in technological fields should include:

  • hands-on experience with processes, methods and procedures
  • working knowledge of needed techniques including data acquisition and interpretation
  • familiarity with established computer applications to the particular field of interest
  • facility with mathematics appropriate to the field
  • knowledge of relevant scientific concepts appropriate to the field
  • technical communication skills appropriate to the field
  • ethical reasoning and reflection on issues such as social and professional responsibilities and environmental sustainability, both locally and globally.


Degree programs must demonstrate currency in the field and show understanding of emerging and evolving technologies and environment relevant to their individual context.


Students should explicitly discuss in their rationale essay how each of the above topics is incorporated in their degree program, how the program is designed to meet their goals and how the program meets the currency criteria discussed above. It is not necessary that the specific terms used above appear in individual study titles.

A Note on the B.P.S.

Students should be aware that the B.P.S. is a terminal degree and may not allow movement to the next higher degree without additional course work. It is recommended that students look at the B.S. and B.A. options under the science, mathematics and technology AOS as part of their research into their degree options.