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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University - Undergraduate Studies
  2. Minimum 12 hours of vocational training


Locations Available

  • 1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.



B.S. in Applied Science


The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (BSAS) provides a broad-based education with a focus on industry knowledge. The program is intended to allow students seeking a bachelor’s degree to complete coursework quickly by utilizing previously completed vocational coursework and/or training (Occupational Specialization).

The program is composed of the Occupational Specialization credits along with university core courses and upper level electives and concentration specific coursework.

Jump Right In

The BS Applied Science degree requires that students qualify with a minimum of 12 up to a maximum of 36 credits in Occupational Specialization. These credits can be earned from student coursework completed at a community college, technical school, and/or third party sponsored training, i.e. employer sponsored, that may or may not be articulated for credit at Tarleton. The coursework and/or training must be in one vocational area. All coursework and/or training submitted for credit consideration must be documented and approved. Many students who pursue the BS Applied Science program have previously completed an Associate’s of Applied Science degree. The vocational coursework and/or training can be from any vocation; a concentration specific vocation is not required.

Business Concentration

The BSAS concentration in business provides a broad-based education with a focus on business knowledge and practices. Business coursework is paired with Occupational Specialization credits and/or vocational training to enrich the program with hands-on experience. Vocational coursework and/or training can be from any vocation; a business-related vocation is not required. This concentration requires that students complete 27 hours of business coursework; 24 of those hours must be advanced level coursework. The program provides flexibility to students with regard to course selection as any advanced level business course offered by the College of Business may be taken for credit, provided the student has met the course prerequisites. The remaining 12 hours of advanced level coursework may be selected from any discipline taught at Tarleton State University.

Please note that the 27 required hours of business coursework will be changing to 24, starting with the 2018-2019 catalog year.

Psychology Concentration

Students who are pursuing a psychology concentration within the BSAS degree program will complete coursework representing the foundational subfields within the field of psychology. Specifically, students will complete course work pertaining to the history of psychology, human learning, writing in psychology, statistics, and research. Students may also choose among courses in the broad areas of the field, including:

  • Developmental,
  • Cognitive,
  • Personality/abnormal,
  • Social,
  • Neuropsychology, and
  • Cultural study abroad coursework.

Graduates of this program will possess knowledge of the major theories and research findings related to human behavior.

Students are prequalified for this program in either concentration to ensure the minimum requirements are met prior to submission of an official degree plan.

Designed With You in Mind

The program is designed for students who desire a bachelor’s degree for self-enrichment, advancement in the current career, or who aspire to qualify for higher-level employment in other disciplines.


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Student Organizations

Real Experience

This program offers a variety of hands-on experience through student organizations, such as:

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
  • Delta Mu Delta (Honor Society)
Study Abroad in different countries

Study Abroad Opportunities

Tarleton currently offers study abroad business classes in:

  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • London
  • Austria
  • Italy
professional development opportunities

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • On-campus interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Job fairs
  • Texan Shadow

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Provide a broad-based education in the foundation disciplines and focused development in all areas of business
  • Prepare students to meet the demands of today’s challenging and competitive workforce, as well as entrance into graduate school
  • Promote career advancement by enabling students to complement their technical specialization and work experience while gaining leadership skills

Coursework Highlights

Hours Class Name
36 Occupational Specialization*
24 Advanced Concentration Specific Electives
12 Advanced Electives
3 Approved BCIS Elective
3 Open Elective

Occupational specialization training may come from vocational or technical courses from a college or university, continuing education courses, employer sponsored seminars, military schools, etc. All occupational specialization training must be documented in order to receive credit from the B.A.A.S. Interdisciplinary Committee.

For more information, refer to our online catalog.

Facilities and Features

Association of Information Technology Professionals

Association of Information Technology Professionals

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) prepares students for a career in the Information Technology field, as well as provides the opportunity to meet professionals and network within the industry. Our students attend various conferences throughout each semester that give them a better understanding of Information Technology application in the professional world.

SHRM student organization

Society for Human Resource Management

The Tarleton University System Center - Central Texas SHRM chapter is affiliated nationally with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Through a variety of activities, the chapter provides professional development, leadership and scholarship opportunities, as well as social and civic events.

CEO, student organization

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) is an organization with more than 500 chapters on campuses throughout the world. The Tarleton CEO chapter offers excellent networking opportunities and serves as an informational resource for prospective entrepreneurs.