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 COB, the BSAS degree can be pursued in the following concentration tracks: Applications and Web Development, Information Security/Systems Administration, and Technology/Project Management.

Mission

The mission of the BSAS program is to further develop the occupational competencies of an AS degree to the level of a Bachelor of Science degree.

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.

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

 

Information Technology Concentrations (23 credit hours)

Admission Requirements:

To pursue a BSAS degree with a concentration in an area of IT at USFSM, students must have a Florida AS degree, with an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in an IT-related discipline.   This program supplements the related technical skills obtained in the AS degree. Students are encouraged to take the following highly recommended courses.  Through a variety of IT concentration options, students can tailor their BSAS degree to meet their personal interest or career goals. The BSAS in IT is made up of the required core courses and students may choose between one of the three concentrations.

Highly Recommended Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
COP 2030 Programming Concepts I 3 None
COP 2250 Object-Oriented Programming (Java SE) 3 None
COP 2700 Database Systems Basics 3 COP 2030
MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics 3 None

Required Core Courses (11 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
CGS 3373 IT Concepts & Data Networking 3 CR: CGS 3373L Must be taken with co-requisite CGS 3373L
CGS 3373L IT Concepts & Data Networking Lab 1 CR: CGS 3373 Must be taken with co-requisite CGS 3373
CGS 3374 Computer Architecture & Operating Systems 3 PR: CGS 3373, CR: CGS 3374L Must be taken with co-requisite CGS 3374L
CGS 3374L Computer Architecture & Operating Systems Lab 1 CR: CGS 3374 Must be taken with co-requisite CGS 3374
CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology 3 Senior Standing in Information Technology

Applications and Web Development (AHD)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
CEN 3040 Integrated Development Environments (Eclipse) 3 COP 2250
CGS 3850 Web Development: JavaScript & jQuery 3 CGS 3853
CGS 3853 IT Web Design (HTML/xhtml, CSS) 3 COP 2510 or equivalent (USFSM equivalent COP 2030)
COP 3259 Comprehensive Java 3 COP 2250

Information Security/Systems Administration (AHA)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security 3 None
CIS 4365 Computer Security Policies & Disaster Preparedness 3 CIS 3360
CNT 3403 Network Security & Firewalls 3 EEL 4782 Strongly recommend CGS 3373 & CGS 3374. See advisor to request permit for waiver of pre-requisite
CTS 4348 Linux Administration 3 CTS 3165 See advisor to request permit for waiver of pre-requisite

Technology/Project Management (AHP)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
CIS 4512 IT Project Risk Management 3 CIS 4510
CIS 4515 Managing Global/Remote Teams 3 CIS 4510
CIS 4518 Quality Issues in Project Management 3 CIS 4510
CIS 4524 IT Project Schedule & Cost Control 3 CIS 4510