Degree Type: B.S.A.S.
CIP Code 24.0102
Major Code APS
Department Code DEA
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/applied-science/

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) was developed under provisions from Florida legislation to recognize Associate in Science (AS) degree holders to pursue and acquire a bachelor’s degree. At USFSM, concentrations for the BSAS are available in CAS, CHTL, and COB.  In CAS, the BSAS degree can be pursued in two concentration tracks: Gerontology and Leadership Studies.

Mission

The mission of the BSAS is to further develop the occupational competencies of an AS degree to the level of a Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum for the BSAS degree concentration in Gerontology at USFSM trains students for careers serving the needs of aging citizens.  Students learn about human aging from a variety of aspects: physical, psychological, and social.

BSAS – Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significant facts, principles, concepts, and/or theories comprising their selected field of concentration.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of critical thinking: focus on the main idea, draw inferences, evaluate, analyze, and continue the progression of an idea.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of good writing: focused unity, coherent organization, relevant support, appropriate diction and syntax, correct grammar and mechanics for the discipline.

Gerontology Concentration (AGR)  

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum of the BSAS, Gerontology Concentration develops the ability to do the following:

  1. Apply appropriate facts, principles, and theories in addressing physical concerns related to the aging process.
  2. Apply appropriate facts, principles, and theories in addressing psychological concerns related to the aging process.
  3. Apply appropriate facts, principles, and theories in addressing social concerns related to the aging process
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the consideration of problems related to human aging.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to present correctly and effectively written argument on issues related to human aging.

Policies

Students majoring in BSAS must meet all degree requirements of USFSM. The following policies also apply:

  • This degree program is available ONLY to AS graduates from Florida public institutions who have an overall “C” average (2.00) in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USFSM.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

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

Degree Requirements

Credits transferred in from completed A.S. degree

Requirements Credit Hours
General education 18
Lower-level credits from A.S. degree 42

Credits to be completed at USFSM

Requirements Credit Hours Notes
General education 18
Area of concentration 23-30
Upper-level elective credits to meet degree requirements Variable
Upper-level pillar requirements 9 Please see Core Curriculum for upper-level pillar course options.
Sequential foreign language courses if foreign language requirement is not fulfilled 8-10

Program of Study (8 courses, 24 credit hours)

Concentration Core  (5 courses, 15 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None
GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging 3 None
GEY 4692 Professional Development and Engagement in Aging 3 GEY 3601, GEY 3625, GEY 4612 GEY 4692 capstone should be taken in the last semester of the program.

Concentration Electives (3 courses, 9-10 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
GEY 3323 Community Services for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4322 Gerontological Case Management 3 None
GEY 4360 Gerontological Counseling 3 None
GEY 4608 Alzheimer’s Disease Management 3 GEY 2000 or GEY 3326
GEY 4641 Death and Dying 3 None
GEY 4900 Directed Readings 3 CI
GEY 4917 Directed Research 3 CI
GEY 4935 Selected Topics in Gerontology 3 None

Students can elect to take a maximum of two of their GEY electives courses at other USF System Institutions.

Upper-Level Electives (variable credit hours)

  • For optimal career preparation, students are encouraged to take more Gerontology courses as their BSAS electives.
  • They can also elect to take courses in related fields, such as Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology.
  • If needed, foreign language courses will need to be taken as electives.

Upper-Level Pillar Courses (3 courses, 9 credit hours)