Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    May 22, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


B.A.S. Applied Science degree plan

Applied Science, B.A.S.



Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 44 hrs


The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is an inverted degree program which allows individuals to apply a vocational/technical field (i.e., courses, training, or work experience) as credit toward an applied associate’s degree and, in turn, to apply the associate’s degree toward a B.A.S. degree. Students in this degree program desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field. The B.A.S. exists to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate baccalaureate program while enhancing the liberal arts component of the student’s education.

The B.A.S. degree is designed for individuals who have completed occupational/technical degrees and certificates at community, vocational, and technical colleges and schools; individuals who have completed occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services Schools, the workplace, and career training centers; occupational and technical faculty at regional and local public schools; individuals who have received several years of on-the-job training; and individuals entering these technical/career paths.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree is a minimum 124-credit hour program. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be upper-level (junior/senior level) credit. Major fields of study included in the degree have specific upper-level requirements. The student may select from fourteen majors which combine non-traditional credit with a traditional liberal arts background. Majors include applied science, banking and finance, business administration, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice administration, digital marketing, early childhood development, elementary education, environmental studies, human services, management, middle school languages arts, and mission in business. Each major consists of 36 credit hours of which 18 must be upper-level credit. The degree also requires a 24-credit hour professional development block designed to provide academic depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals. The degree also includes a 12-credit hour experiential professional development block designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Finally, the degree includes electives to complete the 124-credit hour requirement.

Major


The B.A.S. degree requires a 36-credit hour major of which 18 credit hours must be upper-level credit. The major may be selected from applied science, banking and finance, business administration, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice administration, digital marketing, early childhood development, elementary education, environmental studies, human services, management, middle school language arts, and mission in business.

Professional Development


The Professional Development component consists of 24 credit hours selected to provide depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals.

Experiential Professional Development


The experiential professional development component consists of 12 credit hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area or up to 12 credit hours of practicum or internships may be placed in the major specialization if related to the major. Experiential learning may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Experiential learning must be evaluated and approved by the university.

Electives


The student may complete the remainder of the required 124 credit hours with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields that hold special appeal. However, before using elective credit hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level credit hour requirements for graduation are being met.

Applied Science


Course Requirements


Applied Science is an individualized program designed to enable students who have previous professional or technical education to work toward the baccalaureate degree. The 36-credit hour major includes an 18-credit hour core and an 18-credit hour specialization. Within the 18-credit hour core, students must take courses from each of four separate areas: communication, supervision, computer applications, and ethics. Courses which fulfill the requirements for each area include:

Three hours from the communication area:


Three hours from the supervision area:


Three hours from the computer applications area:


Plus


  • Three hours from approved applied science electives.

Notations:


The 18-credit hour specialization must be completed from courses in the student’s approved occupational/technical field. Of the 36 credit hours required for the major, 18 must be from upper-level courses.