Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree
The BAAS degree program is a degree specifically for students looking to finish their 4-year degree in an academic environment that recognizes the importance of balancing family, work, and other commitments. The 100% online format of the BAAS program is convenient, affordable, and accessible for working adults without compromising the quality and rigor of a UT Tyler degree. The flexible degree plan utilizes transfer credit from community colleges and other universities to provide a shorter route to completing a bachelor's degree than many traditional programs.
Students pursuing a BAAS degree at UT Tyler will have the opportunity to acquire college credit for their work experience through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). PLA is the process by which an individual's learning that has been obtained through on-the-job experiences, corporate training, military training or experience, volunteer work, or self-guided study is evaluated for purposes of granting college credit. Through our partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), students will be given the opportunity to develop a PLA Portfolio that will be assessed for college credit.
The BAAS curriculum focuses on 21st Century job skills such as creativity, leadership, and ethical decision-making.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences include:
- Complete the Common Core Curriculum (42 hrs.) with a "C" or better in each course.
- Complete a minimum of 42 upper-division semester credit hours (45 upper level hours are required to be eligible for honors).
- Complete at least 25% (i.e., 30 hours) of the required 120 hours at UT Tyler.