Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Applied Science (APS) with a concentration in Computer Systems Technology (ACST)

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 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.

Coursework Credits
Community or State College Technical Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree 42
Community or State College General Education Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree 18
USF General Education Credits 18
USF Area of Concentration Credits
   Required Credits for the Concentration (21 credit hours)
   USF EXIT Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
USF EXIT Writing Intensive Course 3
USF Electives Credits* 15
Total Credit Hours Required for the Degree: 120

*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 may not pursue the Bachelor of Applied Science as a second major, concurrent degree, 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.

Concentration Description

The Computer Systems Technology concentration is designed to teach students the fundamentals of computer systems and their application. Emphasis is placed on computer technology, as well as programming and applications, in an era of rapidly changing computer technology. Entrance requirement for concentration: Students must have prior experience and/or coursework in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a closely related field.

Students must take CGS 1540 Introduction to Databases for Information Technology and COP 2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology in their first semester in the concentration, if the courses were not taken prior to transferring to USF. Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in both courses to progress in the Computer Systems Technology concentration. If a student does not receive, enroll, and/or meet the minimum grade requirements for CGS 1540 and COP 2512, he/she will be required to choose another BSAS concentration.

Special Note: It is highly recommended that CGS 1540 Introduction to Databases for Information Technology and COP 2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology (or any equivalent courses) are taken prior to admission to this concentration.

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 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 18 Hours

  • CGS 1540 Introduction to Databases for Information Technology
  • CGS 3303 Information Technology Concepts
  • COP 2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology
  • COP 2513 Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology
  • COP 3515 Advanced Program Design for Information Technology
  • MAD 2104 Discrete Math

Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours

Students choose three (3) credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology
  • CEN 4360 Mobile Applications Development for IT
  • CGS 3845 Electronic Commerce
  • CIS 3213 Foundations of Cyber Security
  • CIS 3433 System Integration and Architecture for IT
  • CIS 4204 Ethical Hacking
  • CIS 4361 Information Assurance and Security Management for IT
  • CIS 4412 Resource Management for IT
  • CNT 4104/CNT 4104L Computer Information Networks for Information Technology with Lab
  • COP 3353 User-Level Introduction to Linux for IT
  • COP 4564 Application Maintenance &Debugging for IT
  • CTS 4337 Linux Workstations System Administration for IT

The above electives may not be offered every semester. Additional electives may be possible. Please consult with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate academic advisor.

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