BACHELOR OF Applied Science (B.A.S.)

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; and individuals who have received several years of on-the-job training.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree is a minimum 124- semester hour program. A minimum of 36 semester hours must be in upper-level (junior/senior level) credit. Major fields of study included in the degree have specific upper school requirements. The student may select from seven majors which combine non-traditional credit with a traditional liberal arts background. Majors include business administration, human services, justice administration, management, religion, occupational education, and career and technology education. Each major consists of 36 semester hours of which 18 must be in 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.

General Education Core Course Requirements Hours
@ENGL 1301, @1302 6
HIST 1303 and 1304, or 2301 and 2302 6
MATH 1304 or higher 3
EXSS 3
***RLGN 1301, 1302 6
SCIENCE 3
POLS 2301 3
SPCH 1301, 1303, 2302, or 2303 3
***Math/Science/Language(any combination) 6
*COSC 2311 3
ORIE 0001 or UNIV 1100 0
GRAD 0001 or GRAD 4101 1
TOTAL 42-44


*Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311, see course description.

**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 universities. In no case will either of these two courses be accepted if they were taken by correspondence or on the Internet. The School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy.

***Remedial level courses may not be used to fulfill the mathematics requirement. Equivalents to MATH 1300 may be used.

@Must be taken within first year of enrollment.

Major
The B.A.S. degree requires a 36-semester hour major of which 18 semester hours must be in upper-level credit. The major may be selected from business administration, human resource management, human services, justice administration, management, occupational education, religion, or career and technology education.

Professional Development
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. Practicum and internship 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 to ensure its relevance to the degree.

Electives
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 advisors to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.