Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 43 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-semester hour program. A minimum of 36 semester 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 ten majors which combine non-traditional credit with a traditional liberal arts background. Majors include applied science, banking and finance, business administration, computer science, cyber security, human services, justice administration, management, environmental studies, early childhood development, and career and technology education. Each major consists of 36 semester hours of which 18 must be upper-level credit. The degree also requires a 24-semester 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-semester 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-semester hour requirement.
English - 6 hrs:
- ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric 3 hrs 1 and ENGL 1302 - Composition and Reading 3 hrs1
History - 6 hours from:
- HIST 1303 - World Civilization to 1500 3 hrs and HIST 1304 - World Civilization since 1500 3 hrs, - OR - HIST 2301 - United States History to 1877 3 hrs and HIST 2302 - United States History since 1877 3 hrs
Mathematics - 3 hrs:
- MATH 1304 - College Algebra 3 hrs - OR - higher
Science - 3 hrs
- Science course 3 hrs
Math, Science, or Foreign Language (any combination) - 6 hrs
- Math/Science/Foreign Language2 3 hrs
- Math/Science/Foreign Language2 3 hrs
Religion - 6 hrs:
- RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History 3 hrs or RLGN 1303 - Old Testament for Majors and Minors 3 hrs 3 - AND- RLGN 1302 - New Testament History or RLGN 1304 - New Testament for Majors and Minors 3 hrs3
Political Science - 3 hrs:
- POLS 2301 - American Government 3 hrs
Communication - 3 hrs from:
- COMS 1301 - Speech Communication 3 hrs , COMS 1303 - Professional Communication 3 hrs, COMS 2302 - Communication in the Classroom 3 hrs, or COMS 2303 - Public Speaking 3 hrs
Computer Applications - 3 hrs:
- COSC 2311 - Computer Applications 3 hrs 4
Exercise & Sport Science - 3 hrs
- EXSS course 1 hr
- EXSS course 1 hr
- EXSS course 1 hr
Additional Requirements - 1 hrs:
- UNIV 1101 - Foundations of University Life 1 hrs or UNIV 1100 - Foundations of University Life 1 hrs
- GRAD 0001 - Senior Seminar 0 hrs
- ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
- Remedial level courses may not be used to fulfill the mathematics requirement. Equivalents to MATH 1300 may be used.
- Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History and/or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland or (2) take RLGN 4306 , RLGN 4316 , RLGN 4317 , or RLGN 4318 in lieu of RLGN 1301 ; and/or take RLGN 4306 , RLGN 4320 , RLGN 4322 , or RLGN 4324 in lieu of RLGN 1302 . RLGN 4306 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other RLGN/RLED courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 . The Dean of the School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Registrar.
- Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description.
The B.A.S. degree requires a 36-semester hour major of which 18 semester hours must be upper-level credit. The major may be selected from applied science, banking and finance, business administration, computer science, cyber security, early childhood development, environmental studies, human services, justice administration, management, or career and technology education.
The Professional Development component consists of 24 semester 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 semester 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 semester 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.
The student may complete the remainder of the required 124 semester hours with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields that hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.
The Cyber Security specialization prepares the graduate to contribute to the secure computing needs in an organization. All organizations depend upon the protection of information assets. These assets include both the computing hardware and software used by the organization, as well as the raw data of its customers, employees, and financial assets. The current threat environment to information assets is severe and many organizations have little to no skilled staffing to meet these challenges. This specialization covers all current domains of security recognized by security experts. These include physical security of computing systems and data, choices of server and network hardware, hardening of servers and networks, distributed computing and Cloud-based services, business policies and procedures, penetration testing to analyze vulnerabilities, cryptography and secure transmission of data and communications, incident response, risk management, service level agreements with outsourced service providers, and business continuity.
The specialization requires 18 hours in the courses below: