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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 requires 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 (B.S. Applied Science) with concentrations in Business Administration or Psychological Sciences provides a broad-based curriculum alternative to Learners. The program utilizes prior technical or vocational coursework, documented employer training records, continuing education credits, certifications, or education preparation. Documented Military courses or training and related transcripts can also qualify students for this program. The program is intended to allow students seeking a bachelor's degree to complete coursework quickly.

Each prospective B.S. Applied Science student is evaluated individually to determine eligibility for the degree program. Prior learning credits can account for 12 to 36 of the 120 credit hours required for this program. Students must qualify with a minimum of 12 semester credit hour equivalents of technical/vocational or training to pursue this degree program. Our program will equip students with the necessary skills for success in today's competitive workplace.


Designed with You in Mind

The program is designed for students who desire a bachelor’s degree for self-enrichment, advancement in their current career, or interest in pursuing one of Tarleton’s Graduate degrees.


Jump Right In

Whether your career started with military specialization, a technical program, career training, or professional certification, Tarleton recognizes that higher education happens outside the classroom. The hours and training will be evaluated to determine the number of college credits earned.


What credits transfer?

  • If you are core complete (or component area complete) at another Texas public college or university, you will be considered core complete at Tarleton
  • A maximum of 90 credit hours can be applied to a 120-credit hour bachelor's degree
  • View the Applied Science degree advising guides under the College of Business.


Prior Learning Coursework Highlights

Hours Group
42 General Education Requirements
12-36 Occupational Specialization
0-24 Advanced Concentration or Specialization Specific Electives*
78 Total General Education and Prior Learning

* Students who qualify with less than 36 hours Prior Learning Credits will need sufficient elective hours to reach the 120 hours required.

Business Administration Concentration

The B.S. Applied Science with a Business Administration concentration provides a broad-based education focusing on business knowledge and practices. Business coursework is paired with Occupational Specialization, military 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. Through hands-on academic advising, learners can often tailor elective coursework to meet career objectives

Business Administration Coursework

78 Total General Education and Occupational Specialization

Hours  Course Number Class Name
3 BUSI 3312 [WI] Business Communication
3 BUSI 4398 Capstone for Applied Science
3 MGMT 3302 Human Resource Management
3 MGMT 3350 Organization Behavior
3 MGMT 4307 [WI] Business Ethics
6 Electives  
12 Advanced Electives  
42 Total BUSI Admin  
120 Total Degree Hours  

WI-Writing Intensive

Psychological Sciences Concentration Concentration

Students in the psychological sciences concentration within the B.S. Applied Science degree program will complete coursework representing the foundational subfields within the field of psychology. Specifically, students will complete course work on 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.

Psychology Coursework

78 Total General Education and Occupational Specialization

Hours Course Number Class Name
3 MATH 1314 [shared] College Algebra
3 PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy
3 PSYC 2301 [shared] General Psychology
3 PSYC 2317 Statistical Methods in Psychology
PSYC 3301 Psychology of Learning
3 PSYC 3309 [WI] Writing in Psychology
4 PSYC 3435 [WI] Principles of Research for the Behavioral Sciences
3 PSYC 4320 History of Psychology
0 Electives  
11 Adv PSYC Electives  
12 Advanced Electives   
42 Total Psychology  
120 Total Degree Hours  

WI-Writing Intensive

Shared – this course is taken as part of the General Education Requirements


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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!

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.