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Created specifically for students who have earned an AAS, the Applied Science program offers students a tailored educational and developmental experience to pursue their career goals in business, communication, and criminal justice, among many other disciplines.

If you have earned an AAS, you may customize your additional educational and developmental experiences in preparation for your career aspirations in any of the many disciplines that may interest you.


The BAS program is for students who have already earned a community college AAS degree. The program allows students to apply the technical knowledge gained from their associate degree and significantly broaden their education through completion of a concentration of their design that expands on the coursework completed in their AAS or by creating a new concentration in a different area of study.

The program includes a unique, personalized area of concentration tailored to the student's individual interests and career goals. The possibilities include applied computing, applied ethics, biology, biomedical research, business, conflict resolution, communication, creative writing, cybersecurity, English, environmental science, film and video studies, forensic psychology, forensic science, interdisciplinary arts and performance, risk communication, peace studies, political science, psychology, Spanish and statistics.

The program also includes an internship experience.

Students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from a regionally accredited Arizona community college may be eligible to transfer up to 75 credits toward the Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science from an accredited institution may transfer 60 credit hours toward the Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

At A Glance

Applied Science, BAS

Required Courses

A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.

While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Students applying to this program must have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree. This program is not available for freshmen.

Career outlook

Because the program allows students to tailor their concentration, graduates are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities as well as graduate programs such as law, business, social sciences and education.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7%$61,050
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers7.6%$61,820
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Private Detectives and Investigators 10.6%$50,700
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Technical Writers 11%$70,930

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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