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B.A.S. Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science (The B.A.S. Program)

Administrative Management, Technology Management, & Homeland Security/Emergency Management Programs

Graduation Applications for all B.A.S. programs

Interested in the B.A.S. degree through our Degree Completion Program?  

B.A.S. Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I become a B.A.S. student?

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree (B.A.S.) offers career advancement opportunities to people who have earned the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), the Associate of Applied Technology (A.A.T.), other career associate degrees, or 38 hours of technical coursework. Students who have earned career associate degrees at regionally accredited institutions can bridge smoothly into the B.A.S. program with little or no loss of credit. To complete the B.A.S. at Clayton State, students will take additional general education classes and advanced courses appropriate to their fields and career interests.

How long will it take me to earn a B.A.S. degree?

The B.A.S. Degree can be earned in four semesters depending on several factors:

  • Attending full-time (12-18 semester credit hours) or part-time (11 hours or less)
  • Having a career associate degree completed
  • Completing all the general education requirements
  • Successfully passing all courses each semester

Many upper division courses will be offered in a partial online or 100% online format.

How will the B.A.S. prepare me for higher levels of responsibility in the workforce?

The majors in the B.A.S. program prepare graduates for supervisory advancement in corporate settings, retail environments, manufacturing plants, small enterprises and other businesses. The curriculum blends experiential learning with courses in human resource management, ethics, quality control, leadership, accounting and economics, with the goal of helping students to enhance their specific expertise as they learn new managerial skills.

Can I specialize in a particular area in addition to choosing my major?

The Homeland Security/Emergency Management major does not have a specialization. Both the Administrative Management and the Technology Management majors have specialty areas called concentrations. In addition, the Administrative Management degree offers a General Studies Option. A summary of the specialty for each area is listed below.

  • Administrative Management Applied Criminal Justice Concentration provides students with courses in criminology, corrections, judicial procedures, criminal law & procedures and domestic security.
  • Administrative Management General Studies Option prepares students for entering the workforce in a broader spectrum of industries and allows the student to gain general knowledge in several marketable arenas.
  • Administrative Management Organizational Leadership Concentration prepares students who plan to lead and supervise in small businesses, governmental agencies, sales or corporate environment, including in the area of Human Resources.
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management Major (a general degree with no areas of specialty) provides students with courses in terrorism, counter-terrorism, emergency/disaster planning, and legal issues at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Technology Management Aviation Administration Concentration provides students with aviation-specific courses in fleet planning and scheduling, leadership in the aviation industry, airport operations, and aviation labor relations.
  • Technology Management Film Production Concentration prepares students for entering the workforce in professional areas such as film performance, film studies, and film production/design.
  • Technology Management Project Supervision Concentration allows students to prepare for management, supervision, and leadership positions in a technology, plant, or manufacturing environment. In additional, studies include statistical analysis, quality analysis, and project management.

What are the steps for admission into the B.A.S. Program?

Each student must satisfy one of the two career course requirements listed below to be an Administrative Management or Technology Management major:

  1. Must have an A.A.S. or A.A.T. (Career Associate Degree) with at least 38 transferrable semester hours of technical credit from a regionally accredited Commission on Colleges college or university OR
  2. Must have at least 38 semester hours of professional/technical credit from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall 2.0  GPA.

New students should submit an application with all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Once your transcripts have been evaluated by the Registrar's Office, a B.A.S. program adviser will determine which transfer courses may be applied toward your program of study.  For current students in good standing who desire to change their major to B.A.S., students should submit a change of major request for either Administrative Management or Technology Management.

What are Program Requirements for the B.A.S. Program?

In addition to the career requirement described above and the graduation requirements (see online catalog) for all CSU bachelor graduates, B.A.S. students must earn a grade of C or better (or K) in all upper division courses (numbered 3000 or higher) used to meet program requirements. B.A.S. students must also make a C or higher (or K) in ENGL 1101 and CRIT 1101.

For Residency in the B.A.S. program, the regular University baccalaureate-level requirements require 30 hours in residency including at least 21 in upper division hours counted toward program requirements other than free electives. Although the other nine hours do not have to be upper division for B.A.S. students, those nine hours do have to be in courses that are counted toward program requirements other than free electives.

NOTE: B.A.S. students are not subject to the requirements of the College Preparatory Curriculum but are subject to the Legislative requirements. See the Graduation Requirements chapter of the online catalog.

Program Map

The program map provides the terms in which courses within the program will be offered for the next 2 years.

Program Map for B.A.S. courses, 2014-16