Apr 11, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Department Information

School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach
PO Box 70659
Phone: (423) 439-4223
916 W. Maple St
Web Address: https://www.etsu.edu/academicaffairs/scs/degrees/undergradprograms.php

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offers students with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in technical fields the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree by using more of their AAS credits than usually may be transferred 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 consultation 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 should include either a professional development concentration made up of an ETSU minor plus additional courses to reach a total of 27 credits, or a self-designed professional development concentration of 30 upper-division credits. Students who have previously earned a four-year degree are not eligible to enroll in the B.A.S. program. Students enrolled in the BAS program may not double major at ETSU.  

Admission Requirements

The Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies offers four undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies. Students who apply for admissions to any of the programs in the Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies (CDST) are required to:

  1. Identify Cross-Disciplinary Studies interest as your major on the application form. 
  2. Complete an interview. The application process for these degrees includes an admissions interview designed to help students choose the best degree program for their objectives. The department will contact the applicant to schedule an interview online, in person, or by phone. 
  3. Be recommended for admission to the appropriate CDST degree. Students seeking admission to the Applied Science major must hold an Associate Degree in Applied Science or equivalent. After the interview the academic advisor makes a recommendation on admission to a CDST degree program or refers them to another department.

The chair accepts or denies admission to the recommended CDST program. Cross-Disciplinary Studies Interest is not a federal financial aid eligible program. Once admitted to the appropriate degree program, these programs are federal financial aid eligible and the student may qualify for federal financial aid for courses in their program of study.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 79 credits
     Major Core    (10 credits)
     Concentration    (24 credits)
     General Electives    (42 credits)
     Senior Capstone    (3 credits)
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: APLS-BAS (PROF)  

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Applied Science Major: 79 credits

Professional Development Concentration: 24 credits

Students may fulfill this concentration by completing 18 additional credits of complementary, advisor-approved courses, which may include credits earned as part of an ETSU minor.

General Electives: 42 credits

Senior Capstone: 3 credits

No Minor Required

The Prior Learning/Experiential Learning Portfolio

The prior learning portfolio is an option that allows students in the Bachelor of Applied Science, the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies programs the opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning that has taken place outside the traditional college classroom. In consultation with the advisor, students prepare a prior learning portfolio, which is submitted to the advisor to appraise form and content. Final approval is made by the appropriate departmental faculty. Credit may be awarded only for prior learning that directly equates with specific ETSU courses.

If a student transfers from the majors listed above to another major, credits earned through the prior-learning portfolio cannot be applied to the new major. No more than 25 percent of the degree may be earned through the prior learning portfolio process. In a 120 credit program, this limit is 30 credits. Credit earned through the prior learning portfolio is ungraded and does not impact the student’s grade point average. Portfolio credit does not count as ETSU residence credit.

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.