Program Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is an interdisciplinary completion program that provides a seamless transition from technical fields to a degree, while enhancing core components of your education. The fully online degree program is designed for students who desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field. To qualify for admission, candidates must have either earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or 40 hours of technical military credits, which are applied to the 120 credit hours required for the B.A.S. degree.

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University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

BAS

First Year Experience

Choose 3 hours

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

BAS

Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

BAS

Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
OR
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

BAS

1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

BAS

1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

BAS

For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

BAS

Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

BAS

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

BAS

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

BAS

A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

BAS

Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

BAS

Humanities

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

BAS

Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

BAS

This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

BAS

Social Sciences

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

BAS

Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

BAS

Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

BAS

The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

BAS

The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

BAS

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

BAS

Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

BAS

Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

BAS

History of Civilization

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

BAS

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

BAS

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

BAS

U.S. History or Government

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

BAS

Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

BAS

Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (14 hours)

BAS

Science

Choose 8 hours

BAS

A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

BAS

1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

BAS

Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

BAS

The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

BAS

1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

BAS

1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

BAS

1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

BAS

Mathematics

Choose 3 hours

BAS

Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

BAS
MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

3 credit hours

BAS

The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

BAS

Flex

Choose 3 hours

Listed course, or:
Any additional Humanities from the Standard Core Humanities list
Any additional Social Sciences from the Standard Core Humanities list

BAS

This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (18 hours)

BAS

Required Organizational Leadership Courses

Choose 18 hours

BAS

Introduction to organizational operations, internal and external forces, planning, decision and control processes. Introduction to the various organizational functions required to operate a successful business or non-pro...

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MGMT 3300 Principles of Management

3 credit hours

BAS

The principles of planning, directing, and controlling the personnel function. Emphasis on the effective implementation of a comprehensive personnel program, including the recruitment, development, evaluation, and motiva...

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MGMT 3320 Human Resources Management

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisites: MGMT 3300 or equivalent. A study and integration of basic managerial concepts and behavioral sciences as they affect people in organizations. Emphasis on environmental and inter-organizational forces that ...

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MGMT 3340 Managing People in Organizations

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduction to the structure and functions of the marketing system of the economy and to marketing practices of organizations. Includes examination of the environments of marketing decisio...

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MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of workplace communication required of professionals who write as part of their jobs. Emphasis on developing a sense of audience and purpose, writing in teams...

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RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. Development of the student’s ability to effectively interact in professional business situations. Topics include listening, coaching/mentoring, dealing with difficult people, delegation, formal...

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SPCH 3330 Professional Communication

3 credit hours

Elective Courses (18 hours)

BAS

Professional Course Electives

Choose 18 hours

BAS

Prerequisiste: 70% score on Information Technology Qualifying Exam. Development of analytical, data visualization and reporting, and collaboration skills necessary for success in a data driven business environment. Focus...

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BINS 3352 Data Analysis/Visualization

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisites: consent of instructor. This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. The lecture portion of the course focuses on the data models u...

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ERSC 4421 Intro to Geographic Information Systems

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: admission to the information technology minor. This course introduces students to the information technology industry and knowledge-based tools. Students demonstrate proficiency in such tools as spreadsheet...

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ITEC 3610 Intro to IT and Applications

3 credit hours

BAS

Corequisite: MGMT 3300 or consent of instructor. The operation of a successful small business including feasibility studies for expansion/growth, business plans, strategic management, marketing, financing, and human reso...

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MGMT 3362 Venture Management & Decision Making

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: MGMT 3300 or consent of the instructor. Key objectives are to define and evaluate the field of international business, to analyze the international operating context with an emphasis on the basics of cultur...

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MGMT 4377 International Business Management

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisites: PSYC 2300, MKTG 3350. An analysis of the personal, environmental, and interpersonal forces affecting consumer decisions and of their implications for marketing strategy development. Three credit hours.

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MKTG 3385 Consumer Analysis and Behavior

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: MKTG 3350. Cases and concepts of marketing products from one business to another. This course includes specific strategies and techniques for the development of product policy, pricing, promotion, and distr...

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MKTG 4370 Business-to-Business Marketing

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: PSYC 2300. A survey of the field of industrial psychology. Application of psychological principles to prediction, performance criteria, job analysis, employee evaluation, training, work environment, managem...

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PSYC 3370 Industrial Psychology

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisites: PSYC 2300, three hours of statistics. Analysis of industrial psychology in terms of personnel work. Topics include predictors and related issues, criteria and related issues, statistical analysis for selec...

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PSYC 4325 Personnel Psychology

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or consent of the instructor. An analysis of the interplay of individuals and the organizations for which they work. Topics include job satisfaction, motivation, morale, leadership, group dynamics...

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PSYC 4363 Organizational Psychology

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisites: RHET 1311 and 1312 or equivalents. An introductory editing course that focuses on basic editing and proofreading skills. Course includes review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Editing practice incl...

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RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style and Clarity

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. A theoretical and practical introduction to the art of written persuasion. Emphasis on persuasive techniques and their ethical consequences. Three credit hours.

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RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: SOCI 2300. Analysis of social processes in a pluralistic society, with emphasis on the cultural contributions and ethos of the different ethnic groups. Three credit hours.

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SOCI 3330 Racial and Minority Groups

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: SOCI 2300. Application of sociological principles to the study of social problems, such as juvenile delinquency, sex-based inequality, educational systems, ethnic groups, ethnic group conflict, crime, indus...

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SOCI 3334 Social Problems

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: SOCI 2300. Examination of a variety of complex organizations in modern society: schools, hospitals, corporations, unions, universities, and government. Organizational structures and processes are analyzed w...

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SOCI 4365 Sociology of Organizations

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. This course develops the student’s ability to effectively prepare and deliver a speech. Topics include audience analysis, critical thinking and listening, the use of supporting materials and vi...

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SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking

3 credit hours

BAS

Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. This course explores the common ethical questions encountered in business and professional settings. Topics include whistle blowing, employee rights, public relations, ethical codes, sexual haras...

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SPCH 3340 Communication Ethics for the Professional

3 credit hours

BAS

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours to reach 120 total hours, 45 hours of upper-level course and 30 hours in residence, 15 of which are required to be upper-level.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Candidates must either hold an Associate of Applied Science degree from an accredited university or have earned 40 hours of technical military credits to enter this program.

In addition to sending official transcripts to the UALR Office of Admissions, candidates should also send copies of their college and/or military transcripts to the B.A.S. program advisor to expedite the advising process. More information about military transcripts can be found at ualr.edu/military/transcripts.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 45 hours
of upper-level courses and 30 hours in residence. An Associate of Applied Science degree, which takes place of the university core requirements, or 40 hours of technical military credit is applied toward this total.
All required courses are available in semester-length formats.

See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

Program Advisor

Louis Scivally | 501.537.1930 | lfscivally@ualr.edu
B.A.S. and Transfer Advisor in the College of Social Sciences and Communication

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280