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

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. This major 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.

  3. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  4. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  5. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001Communication Component Code 0103
Communication Component Code 0103Mathematics Component Code 0203
Creative Arts Component Code 0503Component Area Option Codes 090, 091, 092, 093 and 0943
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
Component Area Option Codes 090, 091, 092, 093 and 0943Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3 
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303American History Component Code 0603
American History Component Code 0603Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
OCED 33503Occupational Emphasis Courses19
OCED 43503 
Occupational Emphasis Course13 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Occupational Emphasis Courses16Occupational Emphasis Courses113
 Professional Development Course23
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Professional Development Courses215Professional Development Courses2, 46
 OCED 436033
 OCED 436133
 15 12
Total Hours: 120

This module may be satisfied through a number of options including traditional course work from Texas State University and transfer credit from accredited institutions of higher education plus limited numbers of hours from non-traditional methods including correspondence, extension, and forms of testing including CLEP and DSST.


Students will choose courses from at least three different disciplines with the assistance of the academic advisor.  This module of 24 advanced semester credit hours constitutes the major for GPA calculation purposes.


Capstone Experience: This capstone experience is completed during the student's final semester. Students must enroll in both OCED 4360 and OCED 4361 in the same long semester. Students who earn credit in OCED 4360 and do not successfully earn credit for OCED 4361 must repeat both courses the following long semester. A maximum of 12 total semester credit hours may be completed during the capstone semester. All other degree requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in the capstone courses.