Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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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 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.
CourseworkCreditsCommunity or State College Technical Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree42Community or State College General Education Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree18USF General Education Credits18USF Area of Concentration Credits24 Required Credits for the Concentration (21 credit hours)
USF EXIT Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
USF EXIT Writing Intensive Course3USF Electives Credits*15Total 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 42 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.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree are restricted from declaring a minor, due to USF's degree progression policy. Students may not pursue the Bachelor of Applied Science as a second major, dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree 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 BSAS 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
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 the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) courses to fulfill these requirements while at the community or state college. Students must complete ENC 1101 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 HoursUSF Capstone EXIT Requirement:
- IDS 4934 Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS
Concentration Core Courses - 18 Hours
- MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
- MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
- MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community or MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
- MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
- MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in BHC
- MHS 4723 Professional Seminar in Behavioral Healthcare or MHS 4203 Practical Skills: Children's Behavioral Healthcare
Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours
Choose three (3) credit hours from the following list of courses:
- MHS 3204 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis or CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
- MHS 4023 Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services
- MHS 4074 Child Development and Trauma
- MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare
- MHS 4434 Behavioral Health and the Family
- MHS 4452 Co-Occurring Disorders
- MHS 4463 Suicide Issues in Behavioral Health
- MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in Behavioral and Community Sciences
- MHS 4741 Applied Research Methods
- MHS 4931 Selected Topics
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.