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    Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Applied Science B.S.A.S., with Information Studies: Information Architecture Concentration


Applied Science B.S.A.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/programs/bsas/

Workforce projections for the 21st Century indicate there will be an ongoing need for people with specific skills and abilities to fill Florida’s growing number of specialized, scientific, industrial and technological positions. Florida’s two-year colleges offer many exceptional programs that meet these demands through their Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees. Although these applied and technical degrees provide excellent preparation for students seeking jobs that require specific knowledge, skills and abilities, they have not generally transferred very efficiently into four-year bachelor’s degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science has been developed by USF under certain provisions of Florida legislation to remove constraints from the transfer process, recognize some past coursework as transferable credit to the university, and afford exciting new opportunities for those with an A.S. degree from a Florida public state or community college to pursue and acquire a distinctive bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Graduation Requirements


Satisfactory completion of the following requirements: 

  • General Education Program (36 credit hours), including State Core General Education, State Computation and State Communication; 
  • Minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours;
  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework;
  • Major and college requirements in a chosen degree program;
  • Nine credit hours of coursework taken during the summer term(s) (if entered USF with less than 60 credit hours); 
  • Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) credit hours;
  • 42 credit hours of upper-level coursework;
  • Civics Literacy;
  • Foreign language admissions coursework.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Students wishing to transfer to USF must complete an A.S. degree (from a Florida public state or community college) with a minimum overall 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USF, with no grade lower than C-. Students should complete at least 18 credit hours of the general education requirements as part of their A.S. degree, which should include the State Communication Requirement and State Computation Requirement courses to fulfill these requirements while at the community or state college. Students must complete ENC 1101  and at least one college-level math course to be admitted into the Applied Science program.

USF will award up to 60 transfer credits from the A.S. degree (applicable only to the B.S.A.S. program). Up to 42 hours of technical coursework may be eligible for transfer into the B.S.A.S. program. The remaining 18 credit hours of transferable General Education coursework from the A.S. will be matched against USF requirements to determine which courses remain outstanding for the fulfillment of the University’s 36 credit hour General Education requirements.

Required Courses: (3 credit hours)


Major Core Course: 1 course; 3 credit hours


Major (Restricted) Electives: (21 credit hours)


Students complete an Applied Science program of study and one concentration in: Aging Sciences; Behavioral Healthcare; Computer Systems Technology; Criminal Justice; Environmental Policy; Information Studies: Information Architecture; Leadership Studies; Public Administration; Public Health; or Urban Studies.

Information Studies: Information Architecture Concentration: 7 courses; 21 credit hours


Applied Science B.S.A.S. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF.
  • An overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework.

Grading Requirements


A minimum grade of C- or better must be earned in each concentration course. 

Research Opportunities


All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Advising Information


Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)
Location/Phone: Student Services Building (SVC) 2002
(813) 974-4051

Website: https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/programs/bsas/

2 Year Plan of Study - Applied Science B.S.A.S.


NOTES:

 

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective or General Education Course Credit(s): 3
  • General Education Course Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Education Course Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Education Course Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Education Course Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • ✳️ Major Elective: Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ IDS 4934 - Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS  Credit(s): 3 
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15