Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

The College of Social Sciences and Communication (CSSC) is home to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). The BAS 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 Louis Scivally with the College of Social Sciences and Communication at (501) 537-1930 or email for more information about this program. If students would like to meet with Louis prior to applying for admission, follow this link:

BAS Degree Checklist

University Core Curriculum (35 hours)

All students completing the Bachelor of Applied Science degree must complete the University Core Curriculum. The 2019-20 Approved University Core Curriculum is listed here.

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. Work with your advisor to determine if you need to complete a First Year Colloquium.

Written Communication (6 hours)

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

Mathematics (3 hours)

  • MATH 1302, College Algebra or
  • MATH 1321, Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

Fine Arts (3 hours)

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

Flex Area (3 hours)

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

History of Civilization (3 hours)

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

Humanities (3 hours)

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

Science (8 hours)

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

U.S. History/Government (3 hours)

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

* See Notes below about the Introduction to Communication course.

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 transcript(s) showing at least 40 hours of technical military credit to the Office of Admissions. (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
  • 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:

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

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. Make sure you talk with the BAS Advisor about elective courses.


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 UA Little Rock. To declare a minor, contact your advisor to let them know.


  • This degree like all bachelors degrees at UA Little Rock requires the completion of 45 upper level hours. The courses required in the major only total 36 hours, so most students (but not all) will need an extra 9 hours of Unrestricted Upper Level (3000-4999) courses. Speak with the BAS Advisor to learn more about this requirement.
  • ACOM 1300, Introduction to Communication is a pre-requisite to the ACOM 3330, Professional Communication course which is required for the Bachelor of Applied Science. Work with your advisor for more information about this course.
  • MGMT 3300, Principles of Management is the pre-requisite to most other MGMT Upper Level courses. Make sure you enroll in MGMT 3300 before MGMT 3340 in the degree. MGMT 3300 also has a pre-requisite of Junior level status.
  • MGMT 3320, Human Resources Development does NOT have a pre-requisite of MGMT 3300, Principles of Management so you can enroll in this as long as you are at Junior level.
  • A Second Language Proficiency is not required with this degree.
  • This degree is limited to students who have not achieved a baccalaureate degree in the past. Therefore, Post-Baccalaureate students cannot pursue this degree program.
  • Students cannot add multiple majors, i.e. double-majors, with any other degree program besides the Bachelor of Applied Science at UA Little Rock.
  • All Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees and military transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions upon entry to the university.
  • Students needing to post technical or military credit can submit a Request to Receive Credit for Technical and/or Military Credit to Louis Scivally in order to add needed technical or military 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.