Associate of Applied Science
An A.A.S. degree program prepares students to enter either skilled or paraprofessional occupations or to upgrade workplace skills and knowledge. An A.A.S. program is not intended to transfer to a bachelor’s degree, although certain courses may be accepted at some institutions. The exception to this rule is when an A.A.S. is used to enter a B.A.S. program.
Any student seeking an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree must complete a minimum of 23 credit hours of general education, unless otherwise indicated in the curriculum. Associate degree students are advised to take CMP-101 in their first semester as subsequent courses in many programs, and especially in general education English courses, will rely on the use of computer technology and/or will require computer-generated assessments.
Some programs require additional credits and/or specific credit hours or courses in General Education check their specific program requirements. Some courses may qualify in more than one category of General Education, (subjects such as Diné Studies and Humanities).
Federal regulations require institutions participating in student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible education programs.
The Accounting program is offering an Associate of Applied Science Degree while incorporating the Dine’ Philosophy of Education and applying the concept of “learn by doing” by completing hands-on applications. It enables students to be job-ready for career opportunities abound as: Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, or an Income Tax Preparer. Upon completion students have the option to continue and earn a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
The Administrative Office Specialist program consists of certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree paths. Attitudes and knowledge of today’s workplace are emphasized for students in both certificate and degree courses.
Automotive Technology program concentrates primarily on traditional gas powered engines. The students will be able to demonstrate on Lab Job Sheets, pass the practice tests to prepare to become ASE certified, understand an ASE certified technician’s responsibility to nature and the environment regarding shop waste disposal, basic understanding of Work Order Intake and Delivery processes. This degree will allow students to learn the scope of skills and knowledge required of those who earn an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology.
The BIM program at NTU offers courses structured as lecture and lab. Each class session covers assigned readings, class textbooks, and the instructor's lecture. The remaining class time takes a hands-on approach to learning software and equipment training.
The goal for the BIM program is to build students with a flexible knowledge in rural architecture, management, technical skills and sustainable products. Each class session covers assigned readings, lectures and hands-on approach to learning software and equipment training. Creating models from point cloud data utilizing Revit and AutoCAD software. Students are encouraged to explore additional software to strengthen their presentations.
An Associate of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Navajo Technical University requires 62 credit hours and the degree is designed for a two-year program of study. The minimum credit load for a full-time student is 12 hours per semester.
Construction Technology offers specialized instruction in modern techniques of the construction practice. The goal of the program is to produce highly competent and technically trained graduates who possess a solid understanding of construction concepts. The program prepares graduates to work with architects, engineers, contractors, and other concerned with construction. All graduates are encouraged to become Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and National Center for Construction Educational Research (NCCER) certified.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Technology also focuses on three fundamental principles: Creative Problem Solving/Spirit of Innovation, Collaboration and a Rich Learning Experience
The A.A.S. Culinary Arts degree program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a number of food service industry settings. Students will obtain training in professional cooking and baking so they will understand the demands of product delivery. The A.A.S. degree program has an accreditation with the American Culinary Federation. All the instructors are also certified with the American Culinary Federation which is the largest Chefs Association in the world.
The Energy Systems program teaches students the fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, photovoltaic electrical systems, and wind generation. This program emphasize techniques to harness the earth’s renewable energy sources. Students study energy related applications, design, installation, and renewable energy, they learn residential and commercial wiring, programming controls and electrical motors. Students also learn to apply the National Electrical Code (NEC) for safe and reliable electrical installations. Solar street lighting, photovoltaic electrical systems, wind turbine fabrication and installation, and collection of wind resources will also be covered in addition to stand-alone, grid-tied, and net-metering systems.
NTU has a four-year industrial engineering and advance manufacturing program but needs a preparatory program that provides students with a solid foundation to enter and succeed in the four –year programs. Also through experience, NTU has learned that American Indian students, most of whom are nontraditional, have greater incentive to complete their degree program when the final goal seems reachable. A two-year program is perceived as attainable versus a four-year program which for many seems long and formidable. However, once a two-year degree is attained; many students will continue to attain a four-year degree.
The Environmental Science and Natural Resources program emphasizes a thorough overview of environmental laws, hands-on experience, regulatory compliance, safety, and Native American perspectives on environmental and natural resource protection and management. The program is designed to meet the needs of tribal, state, and federal environmental and natural resource management entities, particularly those entities working in Native American communities.
The Geographic Information Technology (GIT) program will serve to introduce students to the fundamental principles of geographic information systems, remote sensing, database applications, cartography, and enable students to understand the current state of knowledge residing in a geographic information system. The GIT program seeks to ready students for positions with governmental agencies, engineering companies, and topographical drafting organizations. Through the knowledge they receive from this program, they will also be capable of finding employment in a GIT department.
This program is structured to prepare students for immediate and continuing employment opportunities in the broad disciplines of information technology and computer support. This includes positions such as helpdesk technician assistant, information system support, and data analyst assistant. The information technology program will involve and incorporate the Navajo Technical University Information Technology (IT) department real world projects and disciplines.
The Law Advocate degree program is intended to prepare students to successfully complete the requirements for admission to the Navajo Nation Bar Association and to work as legal advocates in the legal and judicial systems of the Navajo Nation. Classes will allow local community residents to receive training to acquire new job skills or enhance existing job skills. Classes are offered in criminal, civil, and family law; with an emphasis on court procedure and practical skills. Legal research, legal writing, and legal ethics will be stressed.
The Professional Baking (formally Commercial Baking) degree program provides students with advanced baking skills for the higher levels of commercial baking in a professional environment. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience as well as theory and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of baking preparation including breads, sweet breads, assorted pastries, cakes and cake decorating. The A.A.S. degree program has an accreditation with the American Culinary Federation. All the instructors are also certified with the American Culinary Federation which is the largest Chefs Association in the world.
The A.A.S. degree in Public Administration is awarded upon completion of a course in a cross-disciplinary program. Students will develop the skills and the intellectual discipline necessary to enter any Navajo Nation governmental office and provide worthwhile and creative administrative and managerial services.
NTU’s Veterinary Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and requires 68 credit hours with 50 credit hours of core veterinary technology instruction.
The program provides hands-on clinical and field experience in addition to formal classroom instruction. The curriculum focuses on duties and skills that enable students to pursue a career in animal health and other fields.
NTU's Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA accrediation will enable the NTU Veterinary Technician graduates to qualify for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).