Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS)
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree program is designed to serve Florida's Associate in Science (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 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 degree program must have an awarded A.S. degree from a public Florida community or state college and must have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of transferable general education coursework, which must include writing and math courses that meet State requirements, formerly known as Gordon Rule.
USF will award up to 60 transfer credits from the A.S. degree (applicable only to the BSAS degree program). Up to 42 hours of technical coursework may be eligible for transfer into the BSAS degree program. Transferable coursework from the A.S. degree will be compared to USF's requirements to determine which general education (Foundations of Knowledge & Learning) requirements have been fulfilled.
General Summary of the Four-Year BSAS Degree 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)
*Only students with A.S. degrees from Florida community and state colleges are eligible for consideration. Students with only A.A.(Associate in Arts) degrees are not eligible for admission.
- An awarded Associate in Science (A.S.) degree from a Florida public community or state college. (Keiser University A.S. degrees are also accepted, as long as criteria above has been met).
- At least 18 credit hours of transferable 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 awarding of the A.S. degree.
* 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:
• 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 A.S. degree be awarded before USF will admit the student. BSAS strictly follows the USF Admissions deadlines. In these cases, students will not be admitted to the BSAS degree program without completion of the A.S. degree, and may experience a one-term gap after initial admission to the University.
Students admitted to the BSAS degree program are restricted from changing majors within the institution.
For more information, please email BSASadvise@usf.edu or call (813) 974-4051.