Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Majors

Applied Science (APS) with a concentration in Public Health (APL)

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 coursework as transferable credit to the university, and afford exciting new opportunities for those with an A.S. degree from a Florida public institution 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 Public community and state college 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.

CourseworkCredits
Community or State College Technical Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree42
Community or State College General Education Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree18
USF General Education Credits18
USF Area of Concentration Credits24
        Required Credits for the Concentration (21 credit hours)
        USF EXIT Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
USF EXIT Writing Intensive Course3
USF Electives Credits*15
Total Credit Hours Required for the Degree120


*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.

Concentration Description

Upon completion of the Public Health concentration coursework, a student will be able to articulate the role of public health in disease prevention and health promotion at the local, state, national and global level, describe public health concepts and issues, discuss and analyze current public health issues, describe career paths in public health, and develop an understanding of public health that can serve as a foundation for graduate coursework in the field.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Students wishing to transfer to USF must complete an A.S. degree (from a Florida public state or community college) 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 or state college.  Students must complete ENC 1101, ENC 1102, and at least one college-level math course to be admitted into the Applied Science program.

USF will award up to 60 transfer credits from the A.S. degree (applicable only to the BSAS program). Up to 42 hours of technical coursework may be eligible for transfer into the BSAS program. The remaining 18 credit hours of transferable General Education coursework from the A.S. will be matched against USF requirements to determine which courses remain outstanding for the fulfillment of the University's 36 credit hour General Education requirements.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 9 Hours

Concentration Elective Courses - 12 Hours

Choose 12 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • HSC 3541 Human Structure and Function
  • HSC 4172 Women's Health: A Public Health Perspective
  • HSC 4211 Health, Behavior and Society
  • HSC 4430 Occupational Health and Safety
  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
  • HSC 4537 Medical Terminology
  • HSC 4579 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
  • HSC 4573 Foundations of Food Safety
  • HSC 4624 Foundations of Global Health
  • HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Health Care
  • HSC 4631 Critical Issues in Public Health
  • HSC 4933 Special Topics in Public Health
  • HUN 3272 Sports Nutrition
  • HUN 3296 Nutrition and Disease
  • PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • PHC 4069 Biostatistics in Society
  • PHC 4241 Psychology of Fear & Mental Health Issues Related to Disasters
  • PHC 4406 Pop Culture, Vices, and Epidemiology
  • PHC 4542 Stress, Health and College Life
  • PHC 4720 Foundation to Professional Writing in Public Health
  • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics

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