BSAST Degree in Automotive Performance Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Automotive Performance Technology is designed to provide technologist and technical supervisors for the design, development, testing, application, modification, and maintenance of a wide range of transportation vehicles.

What You Can Learn

The BSAST degree program in Automotive Performance Technology  encompasses vehicle operations, performance enhancements, regulatory policies, safety, manufacturing processes, and alternative energy sources. The program leverages learners’ prior academic studies in related associates degrees, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications, corporate and military training, and prior learning assessment. The BSAST degree in Automotive Performance is a 120-credit program.

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College Algebra (MAT-121) or above
  • Higher Level Mathematics Above College Algebra
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 20
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Statistics (STA-201)
  • Technical Writing (ENG-201)
  • Physics I (PHY-111)
  • Physics II (PHY-112)
  • Survey of Chemistry (CHE-101)
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Ethics and Diversity Elective
D. General Education Electives 16
II. Area of Study: Automotive Performance Technology 60
A. Introduction to Automobile Performance Technology 3
B. Internal Combustion Engines 3
C. Fuels and Lubrication Systems 3
D. Emissions 3
E. Automotive Electrical Systems 3
F. Transmission Drive Tran 3
G. Automatic Transmission 3
H. Automobile Environmental Controls 3
I. Automotive Electronics 3
J. Braking Systems 3
K. Auto Body and Chassis 3
L. Steering and Suspension 3
M. Vehicle Performance Measurement & Improvement 3
N. Alternative Fuel Vehicle Systems 3
O. Technical Electives (Select 15 credits from list below or equivalents)
  • Future Car/ Transportation Systems
  • Design/Prototype Development
  • Engine Air Flow Analysis
  • Material Science/Selection
  • Alternative Vehicle Power Train
  • Dynamometer Testing
  • Fluid/Thermo Dynamics
  • Auto Marketing/Distribution
  • Auto Accounting
  • Auto Internet Marketing
  • Shop Management
  • Fleet Management
  • Vehicle Financing and Leasing
P. Current Trends and Applications 3
Total 120

*Must include at least two subject areas.

**Some areas of study require a full year of calculus.

  • Required Courses:  Introduction to Automobile Performance Technology, Internal Combustion Engines, Fuels & Lubrication Systems, Emissions, Automotive Electrical Systems, Transmission Drive Tran, Automatic Transmission, Automotive Electronics, Braking Systems, Auto Body and Chassis, Steering and Suspension, Vehicle Performance Measurement and Improvement, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Systems, and Current Trends and Applications
  • Corollary Requirements: College Algebra, Quality Statistics, Physics I and II, Survey of Chemistry, and Computer Requirement
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: Credit may be earned by taking and passing the Automotive Service Excellence Exams (NIASE).


Leverage Your Training

Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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