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Degree Planning

In the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program you will have an opportunity to individualize your degree program based on your personal interests and career goals. The degree plan requires the following six modules:

1. General Education Core Curriculum for the Fall 2014 and later catalog (42 minimum) - prior catalogs require 7 hours of Natural Science and 2 hours of Physical Education.

The following courses or their equivalents are required:

Communication - 010 (6 hours):
ENG 1310 and 1320 - College Writing, Parts I & II
Mathematics - 020 (3 hours):
MATH 1312 - College Statistics and Algebra
or MATH 1315 - College Algebra
or MATH 1316 - Survey of Contemporary Mathematics
or MATH 1317 - Plan Trigonometry
or MATH 1319 - Mathematics for Business and Economics I
or MATH 1329 - Mathematics for Business and Economics II
or MATH 2321 - Mathematics for Life Sciences I
or MATH 2417 - PreCalculus Mathematics
or MATH 2471 - Calculus I
(see Mathematics Department section of catalog for minimum test scores and/or prerequisites required to enroll in these courses. Students may have to complete MATH 1300 - Pre-College Algebra or MATH 1311 - Basic Mathematics before enrolling in any of the above listed courses).
Life and Physical Science - 030 (6 hours):
Choose any two from the following courses:
ANTH 2414-Physical Anthropology
BIO 1320-Modern Biology I, Molecules, Cells, and Physiology
BIO 1330-Functional Biology
BIO 1331-Organismal Biology
BIO 1421-Modern Biology II
CHEM 1310-Introductory Chemistry for Non-Science Majors
CHEM 1341-General Chemistry I
CHEM 1342-General Chemistry II
CHEM 1430-Chemistry for Non-Science Majors
GEO 1305-Meteorology
GEOL 1410-Physical Geology
GEOL 1420-Historical Geology
PHYS 1310-Elementary Physics
PHYS 1315-General Physics I
PHYS 1320-Elementary Physics
PHYS 1325-General Physics II
PHYS 1340-Astronomy: Solar System
PHYS 1350-Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
PHYS 1430-Mechanics
PHYS 2425-Electricity and Magnetism
Language, Philosophy, & Culture - 040 (6 hours):
PHIL 1305-Philosophy and Critical Thinking OR PHIL 1320-Ethics and Society
Creative Arts - 050 ( 3 hours):
ART, DAN, MU, TH  2313-Introduction to Fine Arts   
American History - 060 (6 hours):
History 1310-History of the U.S. to 1877
History 1320-History of the U.S., 1877 to date
Government/Political Science - 070 (6 hours):
Political Science 2310-Principles of American Government
Political Science 2320-Functions of American Government
Social & Behavioral Sciences - 080 (3 hours):
Choose one from:
Anthropology 1312-Cultural Anthropology
Economics 2301-Principles of Economics
Geography 1310-World Geography
Psychology 1300-Introduction to Psychology
Sociology 1310-Introduction to Sociology
Economics 2314-Principles of Microeconomics

Component Area Option - 090 : 6 hours:
COMM 1310 - Fundamentals of Human Communication
Choose one from:
ENG 2310, 2320-British Literature before 1785, British Literature since 1785
ENG 2330, 2340-World Literature before 1600, World Literature since 1600
ENG 2359, 2360-American Literature before 1865, American Literature since 1865

2. Occupational Emphasis (48 credit hours)
This module relates to your prior career or college. It can be completed with academic or technical/vocational transfer work or credit awarded for prior learning, training or examinations.  The required courses for earning credit should be taken as early as possible in the program.  Beginning Fall 2015 the required courses are CTE 3313E and OCED 4350.  OCED 4111 is an optional course for students interested in applying for prior work life experience and the course can be taken in the same semester or future semester.  You must have an overall transfer GPA of 2.25 and if you have Texas State University coursework, a Texas State GPA of 2.25 is required.

Students enrolling in CTE 3313E, OCED 4350, and OCED 4111 are strongly encouraged to have completed English 1310 and 1320 due to the writing-intensive nature of the course. Students at the Round Higher campus should complete all core and the foreign language before beginning classes in Round Rock.

To complete the credit hours required for this module you can earn:

  • up to 24 semester hours for your work/life experience
  • up to 30 semester hours for non-collegiate sponsored instruction or training in business situations
  • an unlimited number of hours for CLEP or DSSTs (formerly DANTES) exams

3. Professional Development (21 credit hours)
This sequence allows you to individualize your degree. With assistance from your academic advisor, you will choose 3000 and/or 4000 level courses from at least three academic departments. This document provides information for those students attending the RRC.
4. Foreign Language (8 credit hours)
You must complete six to eight hours of the same foreign language unless you completed two years of the same language in high school.

5. BAAS Capstone (6 credit hours)
During your last semester you will take OCED 4360, BAAS Capstone Part I and OCED 4361, BAAS Capstone Part II.


  1. Completed CTE 3313E/OCED 4350 and OCED 4111, if applicable, and received your finalized degree audit at your home address that is signed by the Advising Center and Departmental Chair.
  2. Must be in the final semester of the degree (completed all other degree requirements).
  3. 2.25 GPA in professional development.
  4. 2.00 Texas State GPA.
  5. Transcripting of grades in the semester prior to OCED 4360/4361. (Example:  student is planning on registering for OCED 4360/4361 in Fall 2017 and is enrolled in 9 hours during Summer 2017.  Registration for Fall 2017 begins in March/April therefore the student would not be able to early register for OCED 4360/4361 because the Summer 2017 grades have not been posted.)
  6. Completed the two required steps of the capstone orientation.
  7. Submitted the BAAS Capstone Application for Enrollment in OCED 4360/4361 to
    • Received approval from OWLS to upload the application and Writing Center Verification Form to “BAAS Capstone Apply” TRACS site.
    • Received approval on the Application for Enrollment in OCED 4360/4361 from the capstone coordinator


CLEP/DSST Examinations AND/OR Correspondence Courses

may NOT be taken in the last semester of the degree.

Read Bobcatmail for reminders


6. Electives
Number of hours required are determined by the number of hours needed to meet the 120 hours for the degree and/or residency requirement and/or advanced hour requirement.  Students should not take any electives until the required preliminary courses are completed and the degree plan has been finalized.

Degrees must be completed in six years. If this is not done, the degree plan will require revision.


New students who meet with advisors and review their DAR (degree audit report) on CATSWEB often ask in what order they should take their courses and what courses they should take each semester.  The following statements are designed to answer those questions.  It is important to take courses only listed on the DAR because courses taken that are not listed will be electives.  Too many electives can only slow your progress toward graduation.  Note the following steps that should be taken immediately after OCED 4350 (Foundations of Career and Prior Learning Assessment).  If you can return to the junior college and complete the core before taking OCED 4350, this is even a stronger alternative.  However, remember 66 hours is the maximum transfer hours from a junior college.  You may take up to two more courses with written permission after the DAR has been finalized.  The steps below should be done immediately after finalizing the degree plan.

  1. Complete your core requirements first through regular courses, CLEP exams, DSSTs (formerly DANTES) exams or correspondence. NOTE: No more than 30 hours of combined extension and correspondence courses may apply toward a degree.
  2. Complete your foreign language. If you had two full years of the same language in high school the requirement is waived.
  3. If prior learning credit was not enough to finish the Occupational Emphasis module, complete that module as soon as possible.
  4. For both part-time and full-time students, OCED 4360/4361 must be taken in the last semester.
  5. Once you have registered for your last semester and are enrolled in OCED 4360/4361, you should apply for graduation online through CATSWEB. Do this at the beginning of your last semester.

To learn more attend one our BAAS Information Sessions held in San Marcos, Round Rock, and online.  You can also e-mail