Donald Cucuzzella

Donald Cucuzzella is the assistant director of the School of Applied Science and Technology, specializing in the University’s aviation and allied health programs. Between helping students figure out how professional certifications can apply as college credit and what it’s like taking online courses, his goal is to help students feel comfortable coming back to college. Connect with him via email at [email protected]

Recent Posts

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science: What's the Difference?

Every day we are faced with a multitude of choices:

Turn left or right?

Soup or salad?

Early bedtime or one more TV show?

If you are planning to go back to college, there are even more things to consider. Between tuition plans, course schedules and areas of study, the answers may or may not be that easy. But perhaps one of the most common choices you will make is if you should choose a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Topics: Going Back to College, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

To Study Aviation or Not to Study Aviation? How to Answer That Question

For as thrilling and dynamic as the aviation industry can appear,it isa lot like manyother industries.

How? Becausemany aviation professionals need a degree to advance professionally at their companies – despite having a wealth of experience. This is certainly true for most of the students I speak to every week.

In fact, one of the biggest concerns for aviation professionals who aredeciding to return to college is whetherthey should major in aviation at all. Afterall, doesn’t a bachelor’s degree help you build your communication, problem-solving and management skills regardless of what degree you choose? The answer to this question depends on yourgoals and career aspirations. Only you know the answer.

So why might you want to - or not want to - study aviation?

Topics: Aviation

Can Your FAA Certifications Get You College Credit?

It is no secret that the aviation industry is highly competitive. Earning an FAA certification requires years of theoretical application and practical experience, combined with a healthy dose of resolve and determination. But as the field constantly improves and evolves, it has become increasingly important for professionals to gain qualifications above and beyond other applicants.

Whether you have developed a taste for management, training, flight safety or projects, there are a multitude of career paths in the aviation industry. If you want to take advantage of these opportunities, however, your aviation-specific skills and valid certifications are just the beginning. If you have applied years of hard work toward your aviation career, your credentials can earn you college credit and a head start in the competition.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Aviation

What is the Bachelor’s to Master's Program and How Can I Be Accepted?

Topics: Science and Technology, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

BSAST Degree FAQ: The Answer to the Second Degree Policy You’ve Always Wanted to Ask


On a daily basis, I receive questions from students all over the world on degree programs at the School of Applied Science and Technology. Of course, I’m happy to help answer any questions as my role at the University is to help guide students toward the best possible educational choices for them.

Topics: Science and Technology, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

The Secret to Earning a Second Degree

Students have frequently contacted me about pursuing a second degree, whether it is a second associates or bachelor’s degree. Perhaps they want to gain new skills and broaden their knowledge in two different fields. Other times, students are looking to make a career change and have identified that a second bachelor’s degree can help them in that goal. It’s important to assess which situation best fits your academic and professional goals, and decide if a second degree, second area of study or graduate degree is a better choice for you.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Career, Applying

What’s a Capstone Project? And Why Do I Have to Take It?

Over the years, I’ve frequently heard students grumble about taking a capstone course or project, that one last step before graduation as outlined by their degree requirements.

“Why do I have to take it?”
“Do I really have to take this?”
“What is the point of all this!”

This final course may seem daunting or frustrating, but once it’s completed, the Capstone often becomes one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences in a student’s college career.

Topics: Taking Courses, Science and Technology, Areas of Study and Degree Programs