Advance your career and complete your degree with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

With a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, you will gain an interdisciplinary background that will prepare you for leadership in technical management or advanced graduate studies. You will focus on real-world practices in the fields of technology, production, management or invention, opening doors to a variety of education and career options. Do you already have up to 85 hours of coursework from an accredited institution toward your college degree? You may be only 37 hours away from completing your Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree!

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 120 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required

Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: Big Easy Links

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)

Is this Program a Good Fit for You?

Applied Arts & Sciences students are typically interested in technology careers including:

  • Project management
  • Technology management
  • Information technology
  • Leadership roles
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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED IN APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES

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CID:BAAS-BGS::Student Support

Student Support

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.6 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A degree in Applied Arts and Sciences will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for technical management positions.
  • Prepare for advanced graduate studies.
  • Move up the corporate ladder.
  • Transition into a new career.
  • Gain credibility in the marketplace.
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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: Careers

Careers

Your BAAS degree offers many opportunities in the job market – from education to computer science or sociology to biology, the possibilities are limitless! These are just some of the jobs for which a BAAS degree will eventually qualify you.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Elementary Education
$62,200
Supervisors of Fire Protection Workers
$83,010
Computer Systems Analyst
$98.610
Electrical Engineer
$101,600
Information Security Analyst
$102,470

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.11 WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

What You Will Learn

You will learn to apply technical knowledge to practical applications in the fields of technology, management, production and invention. You will also be prepared to take an interdisciplinary approach to real-world problems and practices in advanced studies or as a leader in the technical workforce.

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.13 Course Delivery and Resources

Course Delivery and Resources

Our programs are designed to be flexible, meeting the needs of working professionals who want the convenience of a fully online degree. Your faculty will be fully involved in helping you achieve your goals!

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: Texas Two Step Program

North Texas Two-Step Program

The Texas Two-Step Project (Technology Workforce Opportunities through Seamless Transitions and Educational Partnerships) offers seamless transitions from associate’s of applied science degrees at local community colleges to a BAAS from A&M-Commerce. This project will enable you to use your technological interest as part of a four-year degree!

How does it work?

The Texas Two-Step Project allows you to transfer technical coursework into a customized degree plan that focuses on your career goals.

  • Step One: As a high school student, you may earn college credit for Tech Prep courses and apply them toward associate’s of applied science degrees at the community college level.
  • Step Two: As a student at a community college, you may apply specified technical coursework toward a BAAS at A&M-Commerce.

For more information, contact the CID at [email protected]

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: Program Admission

Program Admission

Requirements

Complete 65 total semester hours of college/university level course work from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.6 on 4.0 scale.

  • 35 semester hours in General Education
    • 3 semester hours of College Algebra or equivalent mathematics course
    • 6 semester hours of English Composition
    • 6 semester hours of American History
    • 6 semester hours of Natural Science
  • 30 semester hours in your career field/technical/vocational discipline
  • You can transfer up to 85 hours:
    • General education or core requirement (43 semester hours)
    • Support courses in the major (6 semester hours)
    • General elective coursework from an approved/ accredited institution (36 semester hours)

Career field requirements consist of 36 SH of general elective courses. General elective coursework can be in any subject area or field, and are easily transferred to the degree.

Orientation

As a BAAS major, you are not required to attend orientation or any transfer student event in Commerce. However, you are welcome to come visit our campus and meet with an advisor.

Contact the CID at [email protected] today!

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: Degree Guide

Degree Guide

General Education (42 hours)

Complete before starting the Courses in the BAAS Major

  • Eng 1301: Freshman English (3 semester hours)
  • Eng 1302: Freshman English (3 semester hours)
  • Math 1314, 1324 or 2413 (Choose one, 3 semester hours)
  • Life and Physical Science (3 sh)
  • Life and Physical Science (3 semester hours)
  • Literature, Philosophy, and Cultures (3 semester hours)
  • Creative Arts (3 semester hours)
  • Hist 1301: American Heritage (3 semester hours)
  • Hist 1302: American Heritage (3 semester hours)
  • Psci 2301: The U.S. Government (3 semester hours)
  • Psci 2302: Texas and the Federal System (3 semester hours)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 semester hours)
  • Degree Pathway (3 semester hours)
  • Degree Pathway (3 semester hours)

Career Field Requirements (41 hours)

Complete before starting the Courses in the BAAS Major

  • 42 Free academic lower or upper level electives

Courses in the BAAS Major (37 hours)

  • BAAS 301: Principles of Applied Science
  • TMGT 303: Technical Communications
  • BAAS 326: Exploring Spreadsheets
  • BAAS 351: Financial Fitness
  • BAAS 345: Leadership Techniques
  • TMGT 350: Principles of Technology Management
  • BAAS 408: Problem Solving with Databases
  • BAAS 445: Ethical Decision Making
  • TMGT 358: Essentials of Project Management
  • BAAS 443 Professional Standards- take during your last semester
  • Two Upper-Level Electives

TOTAL: 120 hours

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Related Degree Programs

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Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) :: 1.14aa Staff

Faculty & Staff

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get into Graduate School?

You can begin graduate coursework after you receive your bachelor’s degree, and sometimes even while you are finishing it up. Please visit us in the dean’s office of the College of Innovation and Design for graduate program assistance.

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What are the minimum requirements for admission into the program?

For admission into the BAAS degree program or the BGS degree program, you should have completed at least the following:

Complete 65 total semester hours of college or university-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

  • 35 semester hours in general education
  • 3 semester hours of college algebra or an equivalent mathematics course
  • 6 semester hours of English composition
  • 6 semester hours of American history
  • 6 semester hours of natural science

30 semester hours in your career field or technical/vocational discipline

You can transfer up to 85 hours:

  • General education or core requirement (43 semester hours)
  • Support courses in the major (6 semester hours)
  • General elective coursework from an approved or accredited institution (36 semester hours)

Career field requirements consist of 36 semester hours of general elective courses. General elective coursework can be in any subject area or field and is easily transferred to the degree.

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Who is my Success Coach and what do they do?

An academic advisor is the main point of contact for all entering students, both first-year and new transfers. Academic advisors are responsible for advising all BAAS and BGS students, including course selection and registration. Your success coach is [email protected], 903.886.5370.

Visit the BAAS website

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What is the “mandatory advising” hold on my student account?

All new and transfer students have an advising hold automatically placed on their account until they have contacted an advisor and declared a major. If you feel this hold is in error, please contact the College of Innovation and Design advising center at [email protected].

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Where do I find books for my class?

You can purchase books for your classes at the A&M-Commerce bookstore. Some departments also have their book information online so you can plan your courses and budget accordingly.

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How do I officially declare or change my major?

You must contact the college of the major you wish to declare. Example: If you are a BAAS major and wish to change to marketing, you must contact the undergraduate advisors in the College of Business.

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How do I declare a minor?

To declare a minor, contact the college of your major. Example: If you are a BAAS major who wants to add a marketing minor, you will contact the College of Innovation and Design to have your minor declared.

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How do I obtain verification of enrollment?

View the steps to obtain your enrollment verification.

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What does the Basic Skills policy have to do with me?

Please review the University Basic Skills policy for information on this rule so that we can better ensure your success in your higher educational endeavors.

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How do I request a transcript?

To request a transcript, sign into myLEO and click on the student resources tab. You can learn more about transcripts online.

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How do I start the graduation process?

Contact your academic advisor to begin the College of Innovation and Design graduation checkout process. Pay careful attention to the dates. You must also file for graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

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Who is my advisor and why would I need to see them?

Your advisor is Misty Lair. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 903.886.5370. When you reach junior status (at least 60 hours) and have completed a semester at this university, you will meet with your advisor for degree plan and evaluation questions, scheduling issues, graduation check-out, general advising, and job prospects and questions. Your advisor will assist with your graduation process as well.

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How do I drop or add a course?

You can find information about dropping or adding a course on our General and Information and Policies page. Dropping a course may affect your financial aid and your scholarships. Please check with those offices before proceeding, if necessary. If you are unable to personally take care of the drop/add because of your location, please contact the department of the course you wish to drop or add for clear directions to fax or email your completed form.

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Why can’t I drop my Math or English course and What does the Basic Skills policy have to do with me?

Math courses include: PJCM 306/300 or Math 131/141/175

English courses include: ENG 100/110/101

ENG 100 must be taken concurrently with coordinating college-level courses according to the University Basic Skills Policy found in the Student Guide. As a CID student, you must be continuously enrolled in mathematics until you complete your math requirements.

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How does financial aid work?

You have to be enrolled in at least six hours (2 courses) to be considered half-time and eligible for grants and loans. Full-time enrollment is 12 hours (4 courses).

For more information, visit the Cost and Assistance page.

Please email [email protected] or call 903.886.5096 for questions about applying for financial aid.

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How can I review my degree evaluation (audit)?

To see your degree evaluation, log into myLEO, select the Student Resources tab, then select the Undergrad DegreeWorks link.

To see degree requirements for a degree that is not listed:

  • While in your Undergrad DegreeWorks, click “What-If”
  • Select the term of your current catalog and choose the major from the dropdown menu
  • Click “Process What-If”

If you have trouble getting your degree evaluation from the myLEO system, you can contact the college of your major to obtain a copy.

If you continue to have difficulty with this process, visit the College of Innovation and Design advising office on the second floor of the library. You may also call 903.886.5155 or email [email protected].

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How do I apply for admission?

Visit the Admissions website

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Applied Arts and Sciences :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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