Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Applied Science (APS) with a concentration in Deaf Studies (ADS)

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies


Major Description

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.

Concentration Description

This concentration will introduce students to the history, culture and language of the American Deaf community. The student will be exposed to the full spectrum of Deafness from the cultural view to the pathological view. In addition, students will be able to explore a variety of social and community services and tailor their education to their specific area of interest. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of Deafness and cultural perspective to these social and community services in order to become an advocate within the community.

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 Core

Community 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 Hours

College EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours

Concentration Requirements:
  • ASL 3514 History and Culture of the Deaf
  • INT 3004 Fundamentals of Interpreting
  • SPA 3470 Culture and Diversity in Comm. Sci/Disorders
  • SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

  • ASL 2140C Basic American Sign Language
  • ASL 2150C Intermediate American Sign Language
  • ASL 3324 Advanced ASL Discourse
  • ASL 4161C Advanced American Sign Language
  • ASL 4201C American Sign Language IV
  • ASL 4301C Structure of Sign Language
  • CCJ 3024 Survey of Criminal Justice
  • GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging
  • INT 3270 Interpreting Process and Skill Development
  • INT 4490 Introduction to Cued Speech and its Applications
  • MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
  • RCS 4931 Introduction to the Counseling Professions
  • SOW 3210 American Social Welfare System
  • SPA 3002 Introduction to Disorders of Speech and Language
  • SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
  • SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
  • SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
  • SPA 3261 Language Science for Comm. Sci/Disorders
  • SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing

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