Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) Major in Applied Arts and Sciences

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

General Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) requires an individualized plan of study based on each student’s past learning experiences and future career goals.
  2. If two years of the same modern language are taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of modern language taken in high school, then two semesters of the same modern language (1410 and 1420) must be taken at the college level, and the requirement will be added to the student's degree audit.

Course Requirements

General Education Core Curriculum
COMM 1310Fundamentals of Human Communication3
ENG 1310College Writing I3
ENG 1320College Writing II3
HIST 1310History of the United States to 18773
HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date3
PHIL 1305Philosophy and Critical Thinking3
or PHIL 1320 Ethics and Society
POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
English Literature3
Life and Physical Sciences6
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction to Fine Arts
Occupational Emphasis Module 1
Select 45 credits to satisfy this module from experiential learning (work/life experience, non-collegiate sponsored instruction, credit by examination), or transfer work from other accredited institutions of higher learning.45
OCED 4350Adult Development and Career Planning3
Professional Development Module
This module of 21 credits is individualized to students' educational needs. 221
BAAS Capstone 3
OCED 4360Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Capstone Part 13
OCED 4361Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Capstone Part 23
University Seminar
If US 1100 is waived, the student must have a minimum of 120 hours to graduate. 1
Elective Module
Select enough elective hours to complete the 120 hour degree chosen with the advice of the student's degree advisor.2-10
Foreign Language
Students who have not had two years of the same foreign language in high school or who do not have one year of the same foreign language from an accredited college must take the two courses of the same foreign language, which may include American Sign Language.0-8
Total Hours120

This module may be satisfied through a number of options including traditional course work from Texas State and transfer credit from accredited institutions of higher learning plus limited numbers of hours from nontraditional methods including correspondence, extension, and forms of testing including CLEPs.


Students will choose courses with the assistance of the degree advisor from at least three academic departments or schools.  This module of 21 hours constitutes the major for GPA calculation purposes.


This is a required independent activity completed during the student's last semester.