2 Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences BAAS Program West College of Education Ferguson
3 What is a BAAS degree The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree is a fully accredited four-year degree designed to offer students with vocational and technical courses and other applicable work and military experience the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree.
4 Who is the ideal BAAS candidate Individuals who have taken vocational or technical education courses, such as EMT or CNA Working adults with some educational background Current and former military Law enforcement Individuals with a large number of college hours
5 What are the components of a BAAS degree There are essentially three parts to the BAAS degree: Occupational Specialty (39 hours) Core Curriculum (42 hours) Professional Development (36 advanced hours) A total of 120 hours is needed to complete a BAAS degree.
6 Degree Plan in Detail
7 Occupational Specialty The Occupational Specialty block of the degree plan is where applicable non-traditional credit hours, military hours, work experience, and TCOLE hours are applied. Elective hours earned from a community college or another university also fall under Occupational Specialty. Degree Plan in Detail
8 Core Curriculum The Core Curriculum is the academic foundation required of all university students seeking a bachelor s degree. The Core Curriculum at Midwestern State University consists of the following areas: Communication 6 hrs American History 6 hrs Mathematics 3 hrs Political Science 6 hrs Life/Physical Sciences 6 hrs Social/Behavioral Science 3 hrs Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3 hrs Cultural and Global Understanding 3 hrs Creative Arts 3 hrs Undergraduate Inquiry 3 hrs Degree Plan in Detail
9 Professional Development The Professional Development area of the degree plan is comprised of 36 hours of junior and senior-level course work. The BAAS Capstone course is a requirement of all BAAS students and is to be taken during the final semester. There are four options of emphasis under the Professional Development area of the degree plan: Traditional, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, and Adult Education. Degree Plan in Detail
10 BAAS Degree Options Traditional BAAS BAAS with Criminal Justice Emphasis BAAS with Liberal Arts Emphasis BAAS with Adult Education Emphasis Degree Plan in Detail
11 What else do I need to know? In addition to the core, Occupational Specialty, and Professional Development course work, 3 hours of Computer Science is required of BAAS students. 30 hours must be completed at Midwestern State University to meet the residency requirement. No more than 69 hours from a 2-year college can be applied to your degree plan. All Midwestern State University students must meet the Writing Proficiency Requirement to graduate. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate.
12 What else do I need to know? A student must have at least 24 vocational, technical, elective, or employment-related hours to qualify for the BAAS program. Acceptance into the BAAS program does not mean acceptance into Midwestern State University. Students must complete an application for admission to the university. There is no formal major associated with the BAAS degree. A student may pursue the Traditional BAAS or a BAAS with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, or Adult Education. The only minor available to BAAS students is a business minor. Please note that no more than 15 business hours from MSU and no more than 30 total business hours can be applied to a degree plan.
13 How do I apply? Step 1: Send copies of all transcripts to the BAAS for a degree plan evaluation Step 2: After you receive your degree plan, contact a BAAS academic advisor to discuss the degree plan in detail and address any questions or concerns Step 3: Formally apply to Midwestern State University Step 4: If you are accepted to the university, contact a BAAS academic advisor to begin the process of selecting your classes
14 BAAS Benefits and Advantages The degree can be completed online Flexible degree plans centered around your personal and professional goals The ability to utilize unique credit types (vocational/technical, TCOLE, military, etc.), which saves time and money A BAAS degree may help you to earn a promotion or to begin a new career path
15 Thank you! We want to extend a big thank you for your time and interest in the Midwestern State University BAAS program! We understand that continuing your education is an important decision and we are happy to assist you every step of the way.
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