Program Description and Curriculum
The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is a 120 semester credit hour (SCH) degree program that recognizes and values occupational learning. BAAS recognizes learning acquired in a career, the military, or a technical degree program transferred from the community college. The program is designed to facilitate degree completion by accepting several forms of nontraditional /occupational education. The major of the program, Applied Arts and Sciences, permits students to select a track of study that can incorporate one or more subject areas. The 120-hour program is comprised of the following:
- General Education Core Curriculum - 42 semester credit hours (SCH) in basic college courses (Composition I and II, U.S. History I and II, college-level math, etc.) earned through any regionally accredited school, course-match portfolio assessment, or CLEP test.
- Occupational/Technical Credit – SCH transferred from the community or technical college or up to 24 semester credit hours achieved through portfolio assessment.
- BAAS Foundational Courses – 13 SCH in applied arts and sciences coursework. These courses must be taken in the following order after satisfactory completion of ENGL 1301:
- AAS 1100: University Foundations for Adult Learners
- AAS 1301: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice
- ENG 340: Advanced Expository Writing or ENG 350: Technical Writing
- AAS 390: Psychology of Work
- AAS 490: Strategies of Action Research
- Professional Development Complement - 18 SCH of upper division coursework earned through coursework or course-match portfolio assessment. Choose one of the following fields in which to specialize:
- Behavioral Sciences
- Computer Technology
- Criminal Justice
- Instructional Technology (all courses online)
- Liberal Arts
- Mass Communications
- Organizational Leadership (all courses online)
- Political Science
- Electives (After credit for previous coursework and prior learning assessment has been applied, the number of electives will be determined based on the number of hours needed to reach the degree’s required 120 SCH.)
Please note 36 of the required 120 SCH must be from upper division courses. Also, 30 of the 120 SCH must be taken from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.