Nov 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Applied Arts and Sciences, BAS

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is designed to build on the knowledge and skills that students have gained through vocational and/or technical studies at an accredited institution. The program consists of three component areas: first, the transfer of vocational/technical credit hours (from 3-42 hours); second, the completion of the Core Curriculum Program (42 hours) or the core of another accredited institution; and third, the completion of a professional track curriculum that provides both academic and professional depth to individuals who possess recognized competence in a vocational or technical field (24-27 hours).

Students are required to earn a minimum of 120 hours for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Students can select one of eight tracks in the BAS program: Applied Leadership, Childhood Development/Early Childhood Education, Community and Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Environmental and Occupational Safety/Emergency Response, Information Technology, Legal Studies, or Technical Communication.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand concepts and practices within community-accepted standards relevant to each track;
  • apply teamwork and communication skills to develop successful careers in their fields;
  • apply professional and ethical awareness in the practices of their fields.

Degree Requirements (All Tracks)

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Vocational/Technical Credit (3-42 hours)

Core Curriculum Program (42 hours)

Professional Track Curriculum (24-27 hours)

University Electives

Students must consult with the BAS Advisor to select appropriate electives to meet graduation requirements. All BAS students must earn a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, 36 of which are upper-division courses taken at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Applied Leadership

This track is designed for students in any field who seek to advance their careers by taking on supervisory positions.

Childhood Development/Early Childhood Education

This track is designed for graduates of Applied Arts and Science programs in Child Development, as well as child care providers who seek additional qualifications.

Students who do not have vocational/technical hours may apply to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree with an Early Childhood track. The application will be approved if the student is able to demonstrate that his/her career goals are closely matched to a B.A.S. track and that he/she is unable to receive the necessary training from another degree offered by the university. Students must be in good academic standing to transfer to the B.A.S. Program.

Community and Mental Health

The Community and Mental Health track is designed for those students who wish to seek entry level positions in social service agencies such as Child Protective Services or in child or elderly care facilities.  It is also designed for those hoping to further their education in graduate school, as students wishing to provide mental health counseling in the state of Texas must be licensed.  Graduate schools will provide the coursework, internship, and practicum opportunities necessary for licensure.

Environmental & Occupational Safety/Emergency Response

This track prepares students planning a variety of careers in professions in the management of workplace and environmental safety issues, as well as the management of emergency situations such as natural disasters or major industrial incidents.

Information Technology

This track prepares students for a variety of careers such as personal computer technician, network administrator, database manager, information security technician, and computer technology manager within commercial, industrial, educational and government organizations. 

Legal Studies

This track is designed for graduates of Court Reporting, Legal Secretarial and Paralegal specialties who seek advancement in private law firms, federal or state governmental agencies, legal departments of corporations, banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, law libraries, legal services/legal aid offices, and law departments of special interest groups or associations.

Technical Communication

This track is designed for graduates from a variety of Applied Arts and Sciences programs who seek preparation for career tracks that demand good written communication skills. It provides entry into a fast growing, in-demand field.