Sep 26, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Science B.S.A.S., with Public Health Concentration

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Applied Science

(CIP = 24.0101)

Workforce projections for the 21st Century indicate that 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, skill and ability, they have not generally transferred very efficiently into four-year Bachelor’s degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) has been developed by USF under certain provisions of Florida legislation to remove constraints from the transfer process, recognize past coursework as transferable credit to the university, and afford exciting new opportunities for those with an A.S. degree from a Florida public institution to pursue and acquire a distinctive USF Bachelor’s degree.

The B.S.A.S. program is a “capstone” degree offering A.S. degree holders an efficient pathway to a Bachelor’s degree. It provides Florida Public community and state college A.S. transfer students with a broad educational experience and a unique academic area of concentration. The various concentrations allow students to somewhat tailor their degree to match their academic interests and career ambitions. To achieve this end, B.S.A.S. students will plan their program in ongoing consultation with an academic advisor who will help students design their individualized program of study.

Coursework   Credits
Community or State College Technical Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree 42
Community or State College General Education Credits Transferred from the A.S. Degree 18
USF General Education Credits 18
USF Area of Concentration Credits   24
  Required Credits for the Concentration (21 credit hours)    
  USF EXIT Capstone Course (3 credit hours)    
USF Electives Credits*   18
    Total Credit Hours Required for the Degree: 120

*Elective credit hours may vary slightly, but will not require students to exceed a total of 120 credit hours for completion of the BSAS degree.

Within the 60 credit hours of USF coursework beyond the A.S., B.S.A.S. students will complete:

Students may not pursue the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science as a second major, concurrent degree, dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree program of study.

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.

Total Major Hours: 24-25

Major Core (3 Credit Hours)

Upon acceptance to the B.S.A.S. major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:

  • USF Enhanced General Education requirements (based on your assigned catalog year) or approved equivalents - unless General Education credits were completed at another Florida institution.
  • All USF exit requirements.
  • Foreign Language Requirement.
  • One disciplinary concentration selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).
USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Grading Requirement

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

Residency Requirement

At least 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at USF Tampa.

Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign language requirement (can be satisfied by two years of high school foreign language credit or 8 college credit hours in a single foreign language) Note: ASL 2140C - Basic American Sign Language  and ASL 2150C - Intermediate American Sign Language  may be substituted to meet this requirement.

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.

Other Information

The following BSAS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:

  • Criminal Justice (fully online)
  • Environmental Policy (partially online)
  • Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
  • Public Administration (fully online)
  • Public Health (fully online)
  • Urban Studies (partially online)

Advising Information

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


Public Health (APL)

(CIP = 24.0101)

Upon completion of the Public Health concentration coursework, a student will be able to articulate the role of public health in disease prevention and health promotion at the local, state, national and global level, describe public health concepts and issues, discuss and analyze current public health issues, describe career paths in public health, and develop an understanding of public health that can serve as a foundation for graduate coursework in the field.

Plan of Study

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