Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS)
The BSAS degree is designed to serve Florida's A.S. graduates who desire a bachelor's degree for self-enrichment, advancement in their current career or to qualify for higher-level employment in other settings. A.S. graduates looking for a flexible Bachelor's degree program will find the BSAS degree recognizes the value of academic work already completed. Most students are able to complete their concentrations and exit requirements within an additional 60 credit hours.
Students admitted to the BSAS must have a completed A.S. degree from a public Florida community or state college and will have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of transferable General Education coursework, which should include writing* and math courses that meet Gordon Rule requirements.
USF will award up to 60 transfer credits from the A.S. degree (applicable only to the BSAS program). Up to 42 hours of technical coursework may be eligible for transfer into the BSAS program. The remaining 18 credit hours of transferable General Education coursework from the A.S. will be matched against USF requirements to determine which courses remain outstanding for the fulfillment of the University's 36 credit hour General Education (Foundations of Knowledge & Learning) requirements.
General Summary of the Four-Year BSAS Program
|Community College General Education (Transferred from A.S.)||18|
|Community College Technical Credits (Transferred from A.S.)||42|
|USF General Education||18|
|USF Area of Concentration||24|
|Required Credit Hours||21|
|Total BSAS Credit Hours||120|
Within the above 60 credit hours beyond the A.S., BSAS students will complete:
- a minimum of 42 credit hours of upper-level (3000-4000) courses
- at least 30 hours of the last 60 credit hours at USF Tampa
- foreign language requirement (can be satisfied by two years of high school foreign language credit or 8 college credit hours in a single foreign language)
*Students must have completed Composition I (ENC 1101) to be eligible for consideration.
*Only students with A.S. degrees from Florida community and state colleges are eligible for consideration. Students with only A.A.(Associate in Art) degrees are not eligible for admission.
- A completed Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a Florida public community or state college.
- At least 18 credit hours of transferrable general education coursework.
- Successful completion of ENC 1101 or equivalent English composition courses.
- Successful completion of at least one college-level math or quantitative reasoning.**
NOTE: To be admitted students must have a transcript that indicates completion of the A.S. degree. Keiser University AS degrees also accepted (as long as criteria above has been met).
** MAT 1033 is not considered college-level math
Areas of Concentration
Browse available concentrations by using the navigation bar to the left.
The following BSAS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:
• Computer Systems Technology (fully online)
• Criminal Justice (fully online)
• Environmental Policy (partially online)
• Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
• Public Administration (fully online)
• Public Health (fully online)
• Urban Studies (partially online)
Admission to the BSAS major requires that the AS is complete or "in hand" before USF will admit the student. BSAS strictly follows the USF Admissions deadlines. In these cases, students will not be admitted to BSAS without completion of the AS degree and may experience a one term gap after completion of the Associate in Science degree and initial admission to the University.
Students admitted to the BSAS program are restricted from changing majors within the institution.
For more information, please email BSASadvise@usf.edu or call (813) 974-4051.