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. 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. Students seeking admission to the Applied Science major must hold an Associate Degree in Applied Science or the equivalent.
The Prior Learning/Experiential Learning Portfolio
The prior learning portfolio is an option that allows students in the Bachelor of Applied Science and the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary 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.