Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree

The College of Social Sciences and Communication (CSSC) is home to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). The BAS is a degree designed with the working adult in mind. It is an interdisciplinary degree, which means students will reap the benefit of taking classes that are designed to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate bachelor’s degree program.

The BAS is a degree-completion program. Students pursuing the BAS must have earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from a regionally-accredited college or university, or 40 hours of technical military credits. The proposed degree program is designed for students who desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field.

Contact the College of Social Sciences and Communication at (501) 537-1930 or email lfscivally@ualr.edu for more information about this program.


BAS Degree Checklist

University Core Curriculum (35 hours)

All students completing the Bachelor of Applied Science degree must complete the University Core Curriculum listed below.

First Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

  • Full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit must complete an approved First Year Colloquium

Written Communication (6 hours)

  • RHET 1311, Composition I
  • RHET 1312, Composition II
  • RHET 1320, Honors Composition

Mathematics (3 hours)

  • MATH 1302, College Algebra
  • MATH 1303, Trigonometry
  • MATH 1311, Applied Calculus I
  • MATH 1321, Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning
  • MATH 1342, Business Calculus
  • MATH 1401, Precalculus
  • MATH 1451, Calculus I
  • STAT 2350, Introduction to Statistical Methods

Fine Arts (3 hours)

  • ARHA 2305, Introduction to Visual Arts
  • ARHA 2306, Introduction to Architecture
  • MCOM 2306, Introduction to Motion Pictures
  • MUHL 2305, Introduction to Music
  • THEA 2305, Introduction to Theatre and Dance

Flex Area (3 hours)

  • Any of the Core Humanities listed in the University Core Curriculum
  • Any of the Core Social Sciences listed in the University Core Curriculum
  • CNMG 1385, Infrastructure, Environment, and Society
  • SPCH 1300, Speech Communication/ACOM 1300, Introduction to Communication

History of Civilization (3 hours)

  • HIST 1311, History of Civilization I
  • HIST 1312, History of Civilization II

Humanities (3 hours)

  • ENGL 2337, World Literature
  • ENGL 2339, Mythology
  • PHIL 2320, Ethics and Society
  • PHIL 2321, Ethics and Society: Professional Applications
  • RELS 2305, World Religions

Science (8 hours)

  • ANTH 1415, Physical Anthropology
  • ASTR 1301/1101, Introduction to Astronomy and Lab
  • BIOL 1400, Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 1401, Science of Biology
  • BIOL 1433, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 2401, Microbiology
  • CHEM 1400, Fundamental Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1402, General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1406, General Chemistry for Engineers
  • CHEM 1409, Chemistry and Society
  • ERSC 1302/1102, Physical Geology and Lab
  • ERSC 1304/1104, Earth and the Environment and Lab
  • ERSC 2303/2103, Historical Geology and Lab
  • PHYS 1321/1121, College Physics I and Lab
  • PHYS 1322/1122, College Physics II and Lab
  • PHYS 2321/2121, Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
  • PHYS 2322/2122, Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab

U.S. History/Government (3 hours)

  • HIST 2311, U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 2312, U.S. History since 1877
  • POLS 1310, American National Government

Technical Area (40-45 hours)

Qualifying students must submit official transcript(s) of a completed Associate of Applied Science degree from a regionally accredited institution or submit military transcripts showing at least 40 hours of technical military credit to the Director of Military Student Success at UALR. (See the Notes section below)

Required Organizational Leadership Courses (18 hours)

Each course in the following list is required for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree:

  • MGMT 3300, Principles of Management
  • MGMT 3320, Human Resources Management
  • MGMT 3340, Managing People in Organizations
  • MKTG 3350, Principles of Marketing
  • RHET 3316, Writing for the Workplace
  • SPCH 3330/ACOM 3330, Professional Communication

Professional Course Electives (18 hours)

Professional Course Electives must be chosen from the following list with a minimum of 18 hours:

  • BINS 3352, Data Analysis and Visualization
  • ERSC 4421, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • ITEC 3610, Introduction to Information Technology & Applications (6-hour course)
  • MGMT 3362, Venture Management and Decision Making
  • MGMT 4377, International Business Management
  • MKTG 3385, Consumer Analysis and Behavior
  • MKTG 4370, Business to Business Marketing
  • PSYC 3370, Industrial Psychology
  • PSYC 4325, Personnel Psychology
  • PSYC 4363, Organizational Psychology
  • RHET 3301, Editing for Usage and Style
  • RHET 3315, Persuasive Writing
  • SOCI 3330, Minority Groups
  • SOCI 3334, Social Problems
  • SOCI 4365, Sociology of Organizations
  • SPCH 3320, Advanced Public Speaking/ACOM 3320, Persuasive Presentations
  • SPCH 3340/ACOM 3340, Communication Ethics for the Professional

Other appropriate courses identified by the academic advisor may be used as electives.

Unrestricted General Electives

In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Applied Science degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 total hours, 45 upper-level hours, and 30 hours in residence.

Minors

In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Applied Science degree, students will not be required to have a minor. However, students are welcome to select any of the minor programs available at UALR. To declare a minor, contact your advisor to let them know.

Notes

  • No more than 24 hours (8 courses) can be from the College of Business.
  • A Second Language Proficiency is not required with this degree.
  • Military students can submit official military transcripts to Kathy Oliverio, Director of Military Student Success.
  • AAS Degree holders can submit a Request to Receive Credit for Technical and/or Military Credit to Louis Scivally in order to add needed technical credits to their transcript.
  • In the Fall of 2017, the Department of Speech Communication (SPCH) has changed their department name in the class search to the Department of Applied Communication (ACOM). They have also changed some of the names of courses. For questions, contact your academic advisor.