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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

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Program: B.A.S.
Department of General Studies   
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 144 ~ 260-481-6828

La Tishia Horrell, Executive Director
Sara Thomas, Assistant Director
Rhonda Meriwhether, Academic Advisor Exploring General Studies
Open, Academic Advisor
Kathleen Whitcraft, Administrative Assistant
Jodie Powell, Administrative Clerk


The Bachelor of Applied Science was developed at Purdue University Fort Wayne for students who have acquired their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) from an accredited institution. The B.A.S. provides Applied Science graduates with an opportunity to further their education, filling a need for students whose A.A.S degrees previously have not articulated well into four-year institutions. The B.A.S. degree can be adapted toward several career fields, including general supervision, or entry level hospital administration or management. Developed to provide a broad knowledge of skills needed to manage an organization, the B.A.S. provides students with in-depth knowledge in one of three academic concentration areas (Business Specialty, Leadership and Supervision, or Interdisciplinary). While not intended to prepare students for traditional graduate degree programs, the program builds on the foundation of the Associate of Applied Science and meets state and university general education and degree credit hour requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion  of this degree, students will have:

  • Acquisition of Knowledge: Explain breadth of knowledge across disciplines and depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline.
  • Acquisition of Knowledge: Demonstrate ability to know when there is a need for information. Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.
  • Application of Knowledge: Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply that knowledge, and in so doing, demonstrate the skills necessary for life-long learning.
  • Personal and Professional Values: Exhibit the highest levels of personal integrity and professional ethics.
  • A Sense of Community: Discuss the knowledge and skills necessary to be productive and responsible citizens and leaders in local, regional, national, and international communities.
  • A Sense of Community: Display a commitment to free and open inquiry and mutual respect across multiple cultures and perspectives.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Show facility and adaptability in their approach to problem solving.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Display critical-thinking abilities and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative reasoning.
  • Communication: Demonstrate the written, oral, and multimedia ski ls necessary to communicate effectively in diverse settings.

Program Delivery:

  • The B.A.S. can be completed through on-campus, hybrid, and/or online course delivery options.

Declaring a B.A.S. Major:

  • In order to declare a B.A.S. major, you MUST have already completed an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements

An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) is required to be accepted into this program.  Please submit an official transcript showing a completed A.A.S. to the Office of Admissions.

Students must have a 2.0 or higher to graduate.

Upper Level Requirement

A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at the 30000-40000 level.

For a list of 20000 level courses that also count as upper level, please go to College of Arts and Sciences  for more information.

General Education Requirement: 33 Credits

General Education Requirements  

Applied Science Technical Transfer Coursework: 1-45 Credits

Up to 45 technical Applied Science credit hours (TECH UND) can be transferred in as determined by a credit evaluation.

Concentration: 27-30 Credits

B.A.S. students are required to select a concentration. If an A.A.S. in business was completed, then the Leadership and Supervision Concentration or Interdisciplinary Concentration is recommended. All other A.A.S. graduates must select one of the following three concentrations. All coursework in the concentration must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Leadership and Supervision Concentration with Organizational Leadership Minor: Credits 30

OLS 26800 Elements of Law  (Cr 3) is required for the Leadership and Supervision Concentration and the Organizational Leadership minor if the student does not transfer in, as a part of their Associate of Applied Science degree, a three-credit-hour course in business law. 

Interdisciplinary Concentration: Credits 27

ENGL 23202 or ENGL 23301 is required and will be used as 3 credit hours toward the General Education “9 Additional Credits from Category A or B”. Other courses in this concentration may be in any subject. With the assistance of an academic advisor, a student may identify a set of courses which will meet a specific career objective, including upper level course work, to satisfy the Interdisciplinary Concentration.

Additional Electives: Minimum of 12-15 Credits

A minimum of 12 credits are required, if the Leadership and Supervision Concentration was completed, otherwise, a minimum of 15 credits are required, to reach the minimum 120 total credit hour requirement.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions/waivers to any requirement must be petitioned in writing and approved by the appropriate Dean or Director of the General Studies program.

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