Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

Applied Science (APS) with a concentration in Gerontology (AGR)

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

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies

http://www.ugs.usf.edu/academic/bsascon.htm

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

Gerontology is the study of the process of human aging in all its many aspects: physical, psychological and social. In the School of Aging Studies, particular emphasis is placed upon applied gerontology, with the goal of educating students who in their professional careers will work to sustain or improve the quality of life in older persons.

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:

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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