Bachelor of Applied Science
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree offers students with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in technical fields the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree by using more of their AAS credits than normally may be transferred to traditional majors.
This program offers three concentration areas: Culinary Leadership, Industrial Leadership, and Professional Development.
BAS Program Requirements
All Bachelor’s degrees from ETSU require a minimum of 120 earned credits. All students must have an ETSU GPA of 2.0 and (if applicable) a transfer GPA of 2.0 to graduate with a degree from ETSU. All students within the Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies must take a minimum of 12 credit hours as a declared BAS major in order to receive a degree from our division. All students earning a degree from ETSU are required to have a minimum of 30 credits earned at ETSU (or online as an ETSU student) and a minimum of 50 credits earned at a 4-year institution. A student cannot graduate without having met all degree program requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree?
The BAS is an ETSU degree program designed specifically for applicants who have earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a technical field. It is a convenient means for such students to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program generally recognizes more credit from students’ AAS degrees than most traditional degree programs.
Who is eligible for admission to the BAS program?
Students who have completed an AAS degree in a technical field. Students who have previously earned a four-year degree are not eligible to enroll in the BAS program. Due to the unique nature of the BAS degree, students may not double major. Students who have completed an Associate of Science (AS) degree are not eligible to enroll in the BAS program; however, these students may enroll in one of three other Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies degree programs: General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Professional Studies.
What is required to get started in the BAS program?
- Complete an AAS degree.
- Apply and be accepted to ETSU.
- Schedule an advising appointment to begin developing your program of study.
How will this degree benefit me?
This degree can provide you with an avenue for career enhancement. For some, advancing from technician to supervisor or manager requires a bachelor’s degree. The BAS program will create a bridge between your learned technical skills and applied academic theory.
Can I specialize my studies?
Yes— students have the option to pursue the Professional Development concentration. Students may complete their concentration by designing an individual concentration with advisor-approved coursework.
To speak to an advisor, contact Jo Anne Smith, Academic Advisor:
423.439.4223 or SmithJA5@etsu.edu.