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What is a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree?
The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program at the University of North Texas provides you a direct path to a four-year bachelor’s degree if you have:
- completed course work for technical, applied or military credit
- a technical or applied degree from a community college or technical institution
By accepting many of these unique credit types, our BAAS degree helps limit the number of transfer credit hours you can lose in other types of degree programs. We combine these credits with multidisciplinary or professional development course work for a degree that meets your individual goals and/or career objectives.
Flexible evening, weekend and online courses make it easy for you to earn a bachelor’s degree while balancing full-time or part-time work and your personal life.
Who benefits from a BAAS degree?
Individuals admitted into the program are typically students who are currently employed or have real-world work experience. They also include:
- active-duty military or veterans seeking college credit for courses taken in the military
- students interested in developing multiple areas of expertise
- students who have accumulated a significant number of credit hours
- transfer students wanting credit for workforce or technical courses taken at a community college or technical institution
What career opportunities are available?
You can use your degree to break through promotional barriers in existing jobs or to change careers altogether. One graduate combined paramedic training with business, criminal justice, and emergency administration and planning courses to prepare for a law enforcement career. Other graduates have become:
- Deputy police chiefs
- Development officers
- Elected officials
- High school teachers
- Recreation managers
- Sales professionals
- Technical consultants
Many BAAS alumni use their degrees as a springboard to pursue graduate degrees in law, counseling, applied economics, sociology and other fields.
Our Career Center and the Internships and Cooperative Education office can provide advice about future employment opportunities as well as getting hands-on experience in a particular area.
What types of BAAS programs are offered?
We have two distinctive BAAS programs. One is administered by the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information. The other is offered through the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Each program is targeted to meet your unique needs and career goals, and each has different requirements.
BAAS from the College of Information
The College of Information offers a BAAS in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement. All specialized courses for this degree are available online, saving you time and money. You will take professional development courses to learn skills in communication, technology, human relations, leadership and management.
With this BAAS program, you may choose a concentration in:
- Computer technology
- Learning technology
- Performance technology
These specializations build on your educational background. For example, those who may have an associate’s degree in a specialized field will benefit from taking courses in the learning technology concentration.
The specific degree requirements can be found on the College of Information website.
BAAS from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service
This degree program builds on your previous education and experience while targeting your career goals. It provides a:
- Flexible degree plan that allows you and an advisor to tailor a program to meet your specific career objectives
- Variety of course offerings from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and other academic departments across the campus
- Wide selection of courses that are offered totally online or in blended and face-to-face formats
You are best served by selecting professional development concentrations that work together to satisfy your future career needs or objectives. For example, if you want to work in youth services, you might select courses in addictions, health promotions and sociology.
The specific degree requirements can be found on the College of Public Affairs and Community service website.
Where do I begin?
If you want to pursue a BAAS degree, schedule an appointment with a program advisor at the phone numbers or e-mail addresses below.
University of North Texas
1155 Union circle #311277
Denton, Texas 76203-5017