Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
Applied Science (APS) with a concentration in Public Administration (APU)
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.
|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)||24|
|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 DescriptionThe Public Administration concentration courses will benefit those students preparing for a career in local, state, or federal agencies of government, non-profit organizations, and special service districts and/or graduate work in public administration and related fields.
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 - 15 Hours
- PAD 3003 Introduction to Public Administration
- PAD 4144 Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy
- PAD 4204 Public Financial Administration
- PAD 4415 Personnel and Supervision in Today's Diverse Organizations
- PAD 4712 Managing Information Resources in the Public Sector
Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours
Choose six credit hours from the following list of courses:
Additional Major Requirements
Upon acceptance to the BSAS major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:
- USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
- All USF exit requirements.
- Foreign Language Requirement.
- One disciplinary concentration selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
- A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).
Major Grade Requirement
A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in each concentration course.
Major Residency Requirement
At least 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at USF Tampa.
Major Foreign Language Requirement
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.
Additional Major Information
Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)
Location/Phone: Student Services Building (SVC) 2002; (813) 974-4051
Major Other Information
The following BSAS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:
- Computer Systems Technology (partially online)
- Criminal Justice (fully online)
- Environmental Policy (partially online)
- Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
- Public Administration (fully online)
- Public Health (fully online)
- Urban Studies (partially online)
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