Applied Arts and Sciences, BAAS

Program Description

All Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences tracks are designed to seamlessly incorporate an associate degree and/or vocational-technical credit from an accredited institution of higher learning into a bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to apply up to 42 vocational or technical credits towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree. The program tracks are designed to meet the needs of students in the region with vocational-technical experience who seek to expand their knowledge, skills, and career opportunities in a variety of fields. With eight different tracks to choose from, students are able to tailor their degree to meet their career goals.

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.

General Requirements

Requirements Credit Hours
First-Year Seminars (when applicable)1 0-2
Vocational/Technical Credit 3-42
Core Curriculum Program 42
Professional Track Curriculum 24-27
Electives as needed to fulfill university graduation minimum requirements 51-7
Total Credit Hours 120

Program Requirements

Full-time, First-year Students
First-year seminars0-2
First-Year Seminar I
First-Year Seminar II
Vocational/Technical Credit
Transfer of Vocational/Technical credit hours3-42
Core Curriculum Program
University Core Curriculum42
Professional Track Curriculum
Select one of the following Tracks:24-27
University Electives
Select electives with BAAS Advisor to meet minimum of 120 hours 151-7
Total Hours120

Applied Leadership

The BAAS Applied Leadership degree assists students with identifying leadership traits on an individual basis to leadership of an organization. In this degree, students will not only examine different styles of leadership, but also the far-reaching implications leadership can have on organizations, communities and regions. They will also learn how leadership styles can uniquely impact a crisis. Students will gain hands-on practical experience in addition to classroom learning and will work with community agencies to solve real life problems. Students will learn how to present their classroom-based knowledge to the community through a variety of modalities, including written, oral and digital.

Required Courses
COMM 1321Business and Professional Communication3
or COMM 3350 Leadership
COMM 3330Persuasion3
COMM 4345Intercultural Communication3
COMM 4350Organizational Communication3
POLS 3341Introduction to Public Administration3
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Designated Electives
Select 9 hours of electives from the following:9
Nonverbal Communication
International Leadership
Writing for the Web
Visual Rhetoric
Principles of Management
Complex Organizations
Total Hours27

Early Childhood Education

The BAAS Early Childhood Education track is designed for students who are, or wish to become, child-care providers and seek additional qualifications. In the state of Texas, it is not necessary to hold a bachelor’s degree to be child-care worker in a day care setting. However, if you wish to provide care for more than 6 children in your home, or if you wish to be a Director of a licensed child care center, one of the minimum education requirements is a bachelor’s degree with 12 college credit hours in child development and 6 college credit hours in management. The BAAS Early Childhood Education track provides the opportunity to not only receive a bachelor’s degree and fulfill the child development requirement, but it has enough room in electives that a student can easily add in the management courses as well. In addition, all licensed child-care centers must provide their workers with annual professional development in child growth and development, age appropriate curriculum, and serving children with special needs. With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, students can explore becoming a trainer and leading workshops for child-care centers.

Required Courses
ECED 3324Child Development3
ECED 3380Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education3
EDUC 3311School and Society ^3
READ 3310Principles and Practices of Early Reading Instruction3
SPED 4310Students with Exceptionalities *3
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Designated Electives
Select 9 hours of electives from the following:9
Language Acquisition and Development
Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
EC-6 Social Studies Curriculum
Principles and Practices of Reading Instruction
Content Area Reading for Elementary Students
Children's and Adolescents' Literature
Total Hours27

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 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.

For those students who wish to work as an Adult Protective Service Worker, a Child Care Licensing Inspector or a Residential Child Care Licensing Inspector, a bachelor’s degree is required. A bachelor’s degree meets one of the minimum education requirements for a Child Protective Service worker.

Students who would like to work as a Nursing Facility Administrator must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject, plus 15 hours in long term care administration or equivalent.

The BAAS Community and Mental Health degree allows students to not only earn a bachelor’s degree, but also has several electives available for students, which can be used to tailor the degree to meet the needs of a specific career, graduate school or agency.

Required Courses
PSYC 3361Psychology of Personality *3
PSYC 3363Abnormal Psychology *3
SOCI 2319Social Psychology3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 3310Approaches to Social Welfare3
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Designated Electives
Select 6 hours of electives from the following:6
Community?Based Corrections
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of the Family
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Social Services in the Community
Total Hours24

Criminal Justice

The BAAS Criminal Justice track is designed for those students who wish to work in law enforcement, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or Texas State Parks and Wildlife. It also provides a solid foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a further degree in a law related area.

In order to be a police officer in Texas, you do not need to have a bachelor’s degree; however, many of the police departments require their officers to have a minimum of 45-60 college credit hours in order to qualify for entry level position. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, jobs for police and sheriffs in Texas are projected to grow by 16% over the next 5 years.

Students who hope to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Parole Officer and those students interested in a career as a Game Warden with Texas State Parks and Wildlife must have a bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
CRIJ 3325Community?Based Corrections3
CRIJ 4345Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 3302Police and Society3
CRIJ 4312Law and Evidence3
or CRIJ 4313 Criminal Procedure
CRIJ 4320Offender Rehabilitation3
or CRIJ 4321 American Prisons and Prisoners
CRIJ 4331Juvenile Delinquency3
or CRIJ 4335 Criminology
Total Hours21

Environmental & Occupational Safety/Emergency Response

The Environmental and Occupational Safety/Emergency Response track prepares students who plan to work as environmental safety officers, management of workplace safety issues, or in an emergency response field. Students who wish to work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should be aware that a large majority of their jobs require a bachelor’s degree. For those who plan to move directly into the oilfields or refinery work after earning their bachelor’s, this track provides students with professional certifications meeting industry standards.

In ESCI 4370, students receive 4 professional certifications (ICS 100, ICS 700, HAZWOPER, and HAZWOPER Supervisor.) The course satisfies the 40-hour off-site employee training requirements for U.S. OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) regulations as specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 as well as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and Section 126 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). This course qualifies students to support, and supervise, emergency response operations at the local, state, and federal level.

Students receive 3 professional certifications in ESCI 4430 (ICS 100, ICS 700, (or ICS 200 and 800)) in addition to the 40-hour training HAZWOPER for Oil Spill Response. The course meets the off-site training requirements for U.S. OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) regulations as specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 and qualifies students to support oil spill response operations at the local, state, and federal level.

Required Courses
CHEM 4490Special Topics4
or ESCI 4490 Selected Topics
COMM 4335Crisis Communication3
ESCI 3202Professional Skills2
ESCI 4301Environmental Regulations3
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Designated Electives
Select 6-8 hours of electives from the following:6-8
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Biology
Environmental Health
Internship in Environmental Science
Environmental Geology
Geospatial Systems I
Introduction to Public Administration
Total Hours21-23

Information Technology

The BAAS Information Technology track provides students with a broad understanding of basic computer languages, systems, software and hardware, giving them a firm foundation 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.

Required Courses
COSC 1435Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers I4
MISY 2305Computer Applications in Business *3
COSC 2348Introduction to Scripting3
COSC 3336Introduction to Database Systems3
or MISY 3330 Database Management
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Area of Specialization (9-11 semester hours):9-11
Data Structures
Approved COSC upper-division elective 3 sem. hrs.
Information Security
Linux Systems
Network Systems
Network Security
Project Management
Principles of Management
Cyber Security
Approved MISY upper-division elective 3 sem. hrs.
Total Hours25-27

Legal Studies

The BAAS Legal Studies track is designed for students who seek advancement in private law firms, federal or state governmental agencies, legal departments or corporations, banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, law libraries, legal services/legal aid offices, and special interest groups or associations.

While it’s true that in Texas a paralegal does not need to have a bachelor’s degree, the State Bar of Texas recommends that attorneys hire paralegals who meet certain educational requirements, one of which is holding a bachelor’s degree in any subject area. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that Texas has the 4th highest employment level of paralegals and legal assistants in the United States.

Required Courses
COMM 3330Persuasion3
CRIJ 4310Constitutional Law3
CRIJ 4312Law and Evidence3
CRIJ 4313Criminal Procedure3
POLS 3313The Legislative Process3
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Designated Electives
Select 9 hours of the following:9
Legal Environment of Business *
Nonverbal Communication
Document Design and Publishing
Judicial Politics
U.S. Constitution and Federalism
Total Hours27

Technical Communication

The BAAS Technical Communication track is designed for students who seek preparation for careers that demand excellent communication skills, such as working as an editor, organizing and presenting information, writing technical manuals for companies, providing text for social media, or writing copy for media, public relations, or advertising.

Required Courses
COMM 4350Organizational Communication3
ENGL 3378Document Design and Publishing3
ENGL 3379Writing for the Web3
ENGL 4320Professional Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4321Grants and Proposals3
UNIV 4350University Studies Capstone3
Designated Electives
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Business and Professional Communication
Intercultural Communication
Visual Rhetoric
Total Hours24

Course Sequencing

Applied Leadership

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
College Core 3
College Core 3
College Core 3
UNIV 1101 First-Year Seminar I 1
POLS 2306 State and Local Government 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
College Core 3
College Core 3
College Core 3
UNIV 1102 First-Year Seminar II 1
POLS 2305 U.S. Government and Politics 3
ENGL 1302 Writing and Rhetoric 3
Second Year
College Core 3
College Core 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1865 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
Creative Arts Core Requirement 3
College Core 3
College Core 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History Since 1865 3
Life & Physical Science Core Requirement 3
Component Area Option Core Requirement 3
Third Year
COMM 4360 International Leadership 3
MGMT 3310 Principles of Management 3
Mathematics Core Requirement 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
COMM 3350 Leadership 3
COMM 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3
Component Area Option Core Requirement 3
MGMT 4320 Leadership Development 3
POLS 3341 Introduction to Public Administration 3
ENGL 3380 Visual Rhetoric 3
Fourth Year
ENGL 3379 Writing for the Web 3
COMM 3311 Nonverbal Communication 3
COMM 4345 Intercultural Communication 3
Upper Divisional Elective 3
Life & Physical Science Core Requirement 3
COMM 4350 Organizational Communication 3
UNIV 4350 University Studies Capstone 3
COMM 3330 Persuasion 3
SOCI 4315 Complex Organizations 3
Upper Divisional Elective 3
 Total Hours122