Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree is a designated pathway for graduates of Applied Arts and Science programs to continue to a Baccalaureate without significant loss of technical credit not usually transferred to a traditional BA or BS degree.

Admission Requirements                                                                

Required: 33 semester credit hours awarded from an organized technical program completed at a community college. (AAS degree or equivalent is required.) The 33 semester credit hours will be awarded as a technical credit block. Individual technical credit courses will not transfer.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the 120 SCH BAAS degree program are required to complete:

  • 42 semester credit hours of Core Curriculum
  • 33 semester credit hours awarded from an organized technical program completed at a community college. (AAS degree or equivalent is required.)
  • 45 hours of upper-division course work. This includes 15 semester credit hours of foundation courses intended to provide BAAS students with a background in writing and communication strategies and skill sets, and 30 semester credit hours to make up two 15-hour concentrations. These concentrations will be selected in consultation with the BAAS advisors. Students may develop concentrations including, but not limited to: Intelligence and National Security Studies, Communication Studies, and Writing Studies.[1]
  • Please see Evaluation of Transfer Credit for details regarding transfer of core curriculum, for both core complete or individual core courses http://catalog.utep.edu/undergrad/enrollment-services/#TRANSFERADMISSION [2] If a student admitted to the BAAS program is eligible to receive 33 hours as a technical block for the AAS degree awarded from an organized technical program completed at a community college AND is core complete (42 hours), the student will be allowed to make the decision regarding which 66 hours they want to apply toward their degree. A maximum of 66 semester hours of credit from two-year lower-division institutions is applicable toward a degree at UTEP.
  • There is no minor for the BAAS.

Degree Plan

Required Credit Hours: 120

Students enrolled in the 120 SCH BAAS degree program at UTEP would meet the following requirements:
Complete the University Core Curriculum 42
Organized technical program completed at a community college. (AAS degree or equivalent is required.)33
Upper-division course work to include: 15
Foundation courses intended to provide BAAS students with a background in writing and communication strategies and skill sets. Students will select 5 of the following 7 courses:
Workplace Writing
Technical Writing
Advanced Composition: Argument
Comm & Org Leadership
Organizational Communication
Communication Theory/Analysis
Communication Law and Society
Two 15-hour concentrations. 30
These concentrations will be selected in consultation with the BAAS advisors. Students may develop concentrations including, but not limited to: Intelligence and National Security Studies, Communication Studies, and Writing Studies.
**A grade of D will be accepted in individual courses. However, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the foundation courses and each concentration.
Total Hours120