Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Applied Science (B.A.S.)

Program: B.A.S.
Department of Integrated Studies  

Kettler Hall 144 ~ 260-481-6828

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 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 a number of academic concentration including Business Specialty, Construction Management, Human Services, Industrial Engineering Technology, Leadership and Supervision, Interdisciplinary, Information Systems, Information Technology, and Early Childhood Education. 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.

PFW has also partnered with several institutions forming articulation agreements to accept the AAS degrees from their institutions making transfer easier. This institutions include; Edison State Community College, Henry Ford College, Ivy Tech Community College, Joliet Junior College, Macomb Community College, Monroe County Community College, Montcalm Community College, Northwest State Community College, Rhodes State College, Schoolcraft College, Southwestern Michigan College, South Texas College, State University of New York- Clinton, State University of New York- Genesee, Terra State Community College, & Washtenaw Community College.

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.

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) funding:  Individuals who qualify for WIOA education and training funds through their local WorkOne office will receive tuition and supply fee financial assistance for the each of the concentrations within this program, EXCEPT Interdisciplinary.  

General Requirements:

Program Requirements

  • An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) is required to be accepted into this program.  Submit an official transcript showing a completed A.A.S. to the Office of Admissions.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher to graduate. 
  • 32 hours of course credit at the 200 level or higher must be taken at Purdue Fort Wayne.
  • For information on a Plan of Study for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree, please see Applied Science (B.A.S.) 2-yr Plan  or your academic advisor.

Upper Level Requirement

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

General Education Requirement: 33 Credits

General Education Requirements  

Applied Science Technical Transfer Coursework: 1-45 Credits

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

Concentration: 27-30 Credits

B.A.S. students are required to select a concentration.   All coursework in the concentration must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Interdisciplinary Concentration: Credits 27

  • Choose one course from the following list:

  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.

  • Additional Courses:  Credits 24

    The additional required 24 credit hours for the concentration may be in any subject. With the assistance of an academic advisor, students may identify a set of courses which will meet a specific career objectives, including upper level course work, to satisfy the Interdisciplinary Concentration.

Additional Electives: Minimum 12-15 Credits

A minimum of 12 credits in electives  are required for concentrations with 30 credit hours.  A minimum of 15 credits in electives  are required for concentrations less than 30 credits hours. 

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.