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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences: Information Technology

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The Mission of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) program is to provide students with a background in information technology from community colleges and technical schools as well as those working within the field of information technology a means to complete a bachelor's degree, in a timely manner, to equip them for a successful career in information technology and a path for career advancement.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree in Information Technology is intended primarily for persons who have a significant amount of technical/vocational training coupled with work experience and need to earn a four-year bachelor's degree in order to advance in their careers. Other types of training may qualify in the technical/vocational area such as courses of study taken as part of an associate degree program or military training. These alternative types of technical/vocational training are evaluated by our staff on a case-by-case basis.


  • Critical Thinking
  • Oral Communications
  • Written Communications

Program Assessment Information

As an institution that accepts state tax dollars, we are accountable to tax holders to make sure that we insure that the programs that we offer are relevant, valuable, and high quality. This extends to students as well who are making an investment in their education. To that end, we perform assessments over the criteria that we have identified of what it means to be a consummate professional within the field of information systems. Each academic year, that assessment data is gathered, analyzed, and results in program modifications as necessary to insure that we are offering the very best program that we can. This is a rigorous process and as such, we do not expect to achieve every goal. But, it is through the process of routine program evaluation that we seek to constantly improve and provide the taxpayer and students maximum value for their investment.




  • must be related to technology field
  • must be documented (employer statements, HR memos, etc.)
  • experience can account for UP TO 21 semester hour equivalents (requires 5 years, 3 months qualifying work)
  • one quarter (3 months) equals 1 semester hour equivalent.

ALL work and/or training must be approved by the BAAS Committee to be included for Information Technology Specialization credit.


  • must be related to subject matter taught in the CIS department
  • must be related to the work if it is to be submitted for credit
  • must be documented (transcripts, certificate of completion, employer training records, etc.)
  • 15 hours training equals 1 semester hour equivalent.


  • technology related coursework
  • from any 2 or 4-year college courses, continuing education, military schools
  • each credit hour course work equals one semester hour equivalent.

The total Information Technology Specialization hours MUST equate to a minimum of 33 semester hour equivalents in order to be eligible for the BAAS degree. All 33 hours may come from technical training (non-transferable coursework, continuing education, military schools, etc.) OR the Occupational Specialization may come from a combination of technical training and work experience (maximum of 21 hours allowable for work experience).

Each prospective BAAS student is evaluated individually to determine eligibility for the degree program. Various community college business-related courses may be used as part of the Information Technology Specialization. Please see the Tarleton State University College of Business Administration BAAS advisor for more information.


* Courses are not guaranteed to be offered during the semester/location indicated due to staffing/demand issues.