Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014
Applied Science (APS) with a concentration in Behavioral Healthcare (ABH)
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 24.0102
Workforce projections for the 21st Century indicate that there will be an ongoing need for people with specific skills and abilities to fill Florida's growing number of specialized, scientific, industrial and technological positions. Florida's two-year colleges offer many exceptional programs that meet these demands through their Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees. Although these applied and technical degrees provide excellent preparation for students seeking jobs that require specific knowledge, skill and ability, they have not generally transferred very efficiently into four-year Bachelor's degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) has been developed by USF under certain provisions of Florida legislation to remove constraints from the transfer process, recognize past course work as transferable credit to the university, and afford exciting new opportunities for A.S. degree holders to pursue and acquire a distinctive USF Bachelor's degree.
The BSAS program is a "capstone" degree offering A.S. degree holders an efficient pathway to a Bachelor's degree. It provides Florida A.S. transfer students with a broad educational experience and a unique academic area of concentration. The various concentrations allow students to somewhat tailor their degree to match their academic interests and career ambitions. To achieve this end, BSAS students will plan their program in ongoing consultation with an academic advisor who will help students design their individualized program of study.
Behavioral health problems, including mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. Students enrolling in the Behavioral Healthcare concentration will be exposed to treatment approaches as well as to issues related to the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. Combining academic and experiential learning, the concentration provides students with information and practical experience in behavioral healthcare services.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
This degree program is available ONLY to Associate in Science (A.S.) graduates from a Florida public community/junior college.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.
Students wishing to transfer to USF must complete an A.S. degree with a minimum overall 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USF, with no grade lower than C-. Students should complete at least 18 credit hours of the general education requirements as part of their A.S. degree, which should include Gordon Rule communication and computation courses to fulfill these requirements while at the community college.
The A.S. degree will transfer as a complete 60 credit hour package to USF (applicable only to the BSAS program). Technical coursework will transfer as a 42-credit hour technical block. The remaining 18 credit hours of general education coursework from the A.S. will be matched against USF requirements to determine which courses remain outstanding for fulfillment of the University's 36-credit hour General Education Requirement.
Total Major Hours: 24 Hours
Major CoreCommunity College Block Credit (Transferred from A.S.) (42)
Community College General Education (Transferred from A.S.) (18)
USF General Education (18)
USF Area of Concentration* (24)
Required Courses (21)
College Exit Requirement (3)
USF Writing Intensive Course (3)
USF Electives** (15)
Total BSAS Credit Hours (120)
*Note that all BSAS Areas of Concentration are at least 24 credit hours.
**Elective credit hours may vary slightly, but will not require students to exceed a total of 120 credit hours for completion of the BSAS degree.
Within the 60 credit hours of USF coursework beyond the A.S., BSAS students will complete:
- A minimum of 48 credit hours of upper-level (3000-4999) courses
- Foreign language requirement (can be satisfied by two years of high school foreign language credit or 8 college credit hours in a single foreign language)
Note: ASL 2140C Basic American Sign Language and ASL 2150C Intermediate American Sign Language may be substituted to meet this requirement.
Major Core Courses - 3 HoursCollege EXIT Requirement:
- IDS 4934 Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS
Concentration Core Courses - 15 Hours
- MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
- MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
- MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
- MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare
- MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in BHC
Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours
- CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
- MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community
- MHS 4023 Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services
- MHS 4203 Practical Skills: Children's Behavioral Healthcare
- MHS 4434 Behavioral Health and the Family
- MHS 4452 Co-occurring Disorders
- MHS 4463 Suicide Issues in Behavioral Health
- MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
- MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in BCS
- MHS 4741 Advanced Research Methods in Beh. and Comm. Sci.
- MHS 4931 Selected Topics: Gerontological Counseling
- RCS 4033 Overview of Rehab and MH Counseling Professions
Additional Major Information
Major AdvisingLocation/Phone: SVC 2043; (813) 974-2645
Major Other InformationPlease be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
The following BSAS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:
- Criminal Justice (fully online)
- Public Health (fully online)
- Information Studies: Health Informatics (fully online)
- Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
- Information Technology (fully online)
- Environmental Policy and Management (partially online)
- Urban Studies (partially online)
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