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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Science Major, B.A.S. (Professional Development Concentration)

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Applied Science Program Information

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The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offers students with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in technical fields the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree by using more of their AAS hours than normally transfer to traditional majors. The degree is not intended for students with degrees in health-related fields or for students who have earned AAS degrees in subject areas where articulation agreements with ETSU already exist. B.A.S. students, in conjunction with the B.A.S. advisor, design an individualized program of study that best meets the student’s needs for professional development and career enhancement. The program of study includes a professional development concentration which students may fulfill either by completing an ETSU minor or by completing 27 hours of related, advisor-approved courses. Students who have previously earned a four-year degree are not eligible to enroll in the B.A.S. program. Due to the unique nature of the B.A.S. degree, students may not double major.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must have the AAS degree in a field that does not have an articulated program with ETSU.

  2. Students apply to ETSU and must meet ETSU general admission requirements.

  3. Upon acceptance to ETSU, students complete an admissions interview with a B.A.S. advisor.

  4. The B.A.S. advisor recommends admission or denial to the department chair, Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies.

  5. The department chair accepts or denies admission.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


3 - 4 credits, consisting of one of the following:

  • (3 credits)
  • (3 credits)
  • (4 credits)
  • Note:

    Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Applied Science Curriculum Requirements

Additional Graduation Requirements:

A.A.S. degree transfer hours:

Up to 60 credits from the student’s AAS degree may be applied to the B.A.S. degree.

Gateway Courses:

Gateway courses are five ETSU courses required by all B.A.S. students, including the following: ENGL 1020  , MATH 1530 , and HIST 2010   and/or advisor approved courses. (These courses all apply to the student’s degree.) Each course must be completed with the minimum 2.0 prior to petitioning to earn credit for the following technical specialty courses from their AAS degree.

After completion of all Gateway courses as required, the B.A.S. advisor will complete a form to petition for credit for up to 30 technical specialty hours to be used in the degree program. These hours will be assigned to special categories used only for this degree. The advisor will determine how these hours may be applied to the student’s program.

Technical Specialty:

Technical courses from AAS degree that did not have direct transfer. In order to petition to earn credit for up to 30 of these hours, students must have met two conditions: (1) completion of all Gateway courses with minimum 2.0 in each course and (2) a minimum overall 2.0 GPA for all ETSU work. Direct transfer hours and technical specialty credit combined should not exceed 60 hours.

Professional Field Experience:

Satisfactory completion of the Professional Field Experience (BGSD 4210 ) is required to graduate.

General Electives:

Approved electives to complete 120 total hours.

Minor: no minor required

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