Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree is a designated pathway for graduates of Applied Arts and Science programs to continue to a Baccalaureate Degree without significant loss of technical credit. The technical credits awarded to fulfill the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science fulfill this applied degree only and are not intended to be transferred into a traditional BA or BS degree program.

Admission Requirements                                                                

Required: 33 semester credit hours awarded from an organized technical program completed at a community college (AAS degree or equivalent is required) .

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the 120 SCH BAAS degree program are required to complete:

  • 42 semester credit hours of Core Curriculum
  • 33 semester credit hours awarded from an organized technical program completed at a community college. (AAS degree or equivalent is required.)
  • 45 hours of upper-division course work. This includes 15 semester credit hours of foundation courses intended to provide BAAS students with a background in writing and communication strategies and skill sets, and 30 semester credit hours to make up two 15-hour concentrations. These concentrations will be selected in consultation with the BAAS advisors. Students may develop concentrations including, but not limited to: Intelligence and National Security Studies, Communication Studies, and Writing Studies.[1]
  • Please see Evaluation of Transfer Credit for details regarding transfer of core curriculum, for both core complete or individual core courses http://catalog.utep.edu/undergrad/enrollment-services/#TRANSFERADMISSION [2] If a student admitted to the BAAS program is eligible to receive 33 hours for the AAS degree awarded from an organized technical program completed at a community college AND is core complete (42 hours), the student will be allowed to make the decision regarding which 66 hours they want to apply toward their degree. A maximum of 66 semester hours of credit from two-year lower-division institutions is applicable toward a degree at UTEP.
  • There is no minor for the BAAS.

Degree Plan

Required Credit Hours: 120

Students enrolled in the 120 SCH BAAS degree program at UTEP would meet the following requirements:
Complete the University Core Curriculum 42
Organized technical program completed at a community college. (AAS degree or equivalent is required.)33
Upper-division course work to include: 15
Foundation courses intended to provide BAAS students with a background in writing and communication strategies and skill sets. Students will select 5 of the following 7 courses:
Workplace Writing
Technical Writing
Advanced Composition: Argument
Comm & Org Leadership
Organizational Communication
Communication Theory/Analysis
Communication Law and Society
Two 15-hour concentrations. 30
These concentrations will be selected in consultation with the BAAS advisors. Students may develop concentrations including, but not limited to: Intelligence and National Security Studies, Communication Studies, and Writing Studies.
**A grade of D will be accepted in individual courses. However, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the foundation courses and each concentration.
Total Hours120