Degree Type: B.S.A.S.
CIP Code 24.0102
Major Code APS
Department Code DEA
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/applied-science/

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) was developed under provisions from Florida legislation to recognize Associate in Science (A.S.) degree holders to pursue and acquire a bachelor’s degree. At USFSM, concentrations for B.S.A.S. are available in CLASS, CHTL, and COB.  In COB, the B.S.A.S. degree can be pursued in the following concentration tracks: Applications and Mobile Development, Cyber Security/Systems Administration, Big Data for IT, and Agile Project Management.

Mission

The mission of the B.S.A.S. program is to further develop the occupational competencies of an A.S. degree to the level of a Bachelor of Science degree.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significant facts, principles, concepts, and/or theories comprising their selected field of concentration.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of critical thinking: focus on the main idea, draw inferences, evaluate, analyze, and continue the progression of an idea.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of good writing: focused unity, coherent organization, relevant support, appropriate diction and syntax, correct grammar and mechanics for the discipline.

Policies

Students majoring in B.S.A.S. must meet all degree requirements of USFSM. The following policies also apply:

  • This degree program is available ONLY to A.S. graduates from Florida public institutions who have an overall “C” average (2.00) in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USFSM.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

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

Degree Requirements

Credits transferred in from completed A.S. degree

Requirements

Credit Hours

General education 18
Lower-level credits from A.S. degree 42

Credits to be completed at USFSM

Requirements

Credit Hours

Notes

General education 18
Area of concentration 23-30
Upper-level elective credits to meet degree requirements Variable
Upper-level pillar requirements 9 Please see Core Curriculum for upper-level pillar course options.
Sequential foreign language courses if foreign language requirement is not fulfilled 8-10

 

Information Technology Concentrations (23 credit hours)

Admission Requirements:

To pursue a B.S.A.S. degree with a concentration in an area of IT at USFSM, students must have a Florida A.S. degree, with an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in an IT-related discipline.   This program supplements the related technical skills obtained in the A.S. degree. Students are encouraged to take the following highly recommended courses.  Through a variety of IT concentration options, students can tailor their B.S.A.S. degree to meet their personal interest or career goals. The B.S.A.S. in IT is made up of the required core courses and students may choose between one of the four (4) concentrations.

Highly Recommended Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
COP 2030 Programming Concepts I 3 None
COP 2250 Object-Oriented Programming (Java SE) 3 None
COP 2700 Database Systems Basics 3 PR: COP 2030
MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics 3 None

Required Core Courses (11 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CGS 3373 IT Concepts & Data Networking 3 CR: CGS 3373L; Information Technology Majors only
CGS 3373L IT Concepts and  Data Networking Laboratory 1 CR: CGS 3373
CGS 3374 Computer Architecture & Operating Systems 3 PR: CGS 3373; CR: CGS 3374L
CGS 3374L Computer Architecture and Operating Systems Laboratory 1 CR: CGS 3374
CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology 3-5 Senior Standing; Information Technology Majors only 6ACM, SMCC

Agile Project Management Concentration (AAG)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CIS 4510 IT Project Management 3 CI
CIS 4512 Agile Risk Management 3 PR: CIS 4510
CIS 4518 Quality & Testing w/Agile in Project Management 3 PR: CIS 4510
CIS 4524 IT Project Schedule & Cost Control 3 PR: CIS 4510

Applications and Mobile Development Concentration (AAM)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CGS 4858 Web Design & Development (HTML5) 3 PR: COP 3718 with a minimum grade of C-
COP 3259 Comprehensive Java 3 PR: COP 2250
COP 4663 Mobile Applications Development (Android) 3 PR: COP 2030, COP 2250, COP 3375
COP 4834 Data-Driven Web Sites 3 Junior or Senior standing; CI Strongly recommend COP 3718

Big Data for IT Concentration (AAB)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CIS 4203 Cyber Forensics and Investigations 3 PR: COP 2030, MAD 2104
CIS 4342 NoSQL Databases 3 PR: COP 2250
CIS 4344 Big Data Architecture with Hadoop 3 PR: COP 2250
ISM 4545 Big Data Processing with R 3 PR: STA 2122

Cyber Security/Systems Administration Concentration (AAC)

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CIS 4203 Cyber Forensics and Investigations 3 PR: COP 2030, MAD 2104
CIS 4204 Ethical Hacking 3 PR: COP 2030,  MAD 2104
CNT 4403 Network Security and Firewalls 3 PR: CNT 4104 Strongly recommend CGS 3373 & CGS 3374. See advisor to request permit for waiver of prerequisite
CTS 3165 Linux Essentials 3 None