The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler   •   Longview   •   Palestine
A centerpiece for learning,
culture and natural beauty
Random Image Alt Text

Applied Arts and Sciences BAAS Degree

Go Deeper  
For more information, check out the UT Tyler University College's BAAS Degree.

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree to Excel in Your Field

This transfer-only program at The University of Texas at Tyler is ideal for students who are already in their career of choice and need a bachelor's degree to advance within their field. The bachelor’s degree in the applied arts and sciences prepares students for leadership roles.
  • Make a seamless transition to the BAAS degree program and prepare for managerial careers.
  • Transfer your college credits and complete a minimum of 36 credit hours at UT Tyler to earn your BAAS degree.

Bachelor’s in Applied Arts and Sciences: Convenient. Job-Ready

  • Customize your degree by choosing from one of our four areas of concentration: small business operations, retail enterprises, industrial management and manufacturing management.
  • Return to college to complete your degree, even if you’ve been out of school for many years. All students who earned course credit at another university or community college are eligible.
  • Put your years of work or military experience to use by submitting a resume, cover letter and/or military transcript for possible credit toward your degree.

Find out more about the Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree

Applied Arts and Sciences Required Courses: Building Business Leaders

Foundations in Creativity and Innovation (UNIV 3331) – Delve into the theoretical and practical aspects of both creativity and innovation. This introductory course is centered around the study of creative and innovative leaders throughout history, their impact on their workplace and the world. Students will be expected to demonstrate both creative and innovative thinking throughout the class by participating in “hands on” application of the material.

Workplace Applications (UNIV 3332) – Engage in an interactive online learning environment through the application of technology within the workplace, including Microsoft Office and Web-based media as well as effective professional communications. The skills learned and applied through this course are specifically designed for students to better market themselves in the competitive 21st century workplace environment. 

Foundations in Cultural Competence (UNIV 3333) – This course is designed to empower you to function effectively in situations with diverse individuals and unique environments. In becoming an effective and successful 21st century professional, students must have the skills to function in a global environment and in unfamiliar situations. In this course, you will be exposed to experiences that promote cultural awareness, skills, knowledge and the desire to be culturally competent through authentic experiences and reflection.  

“Soft skills” such as the ability to work with a team, use critical thinking, and manage time efficiently are rated higher than “hard skills” such as having technical job-related knowledge or computer skills. A degree program that addresses soft skill development through leadership, innovation, and creativity degree elements would likely increase the job market competitiveness of graduates who also hold complementary technical or professional knowledge. The programs profiled in Section III support this approach.

- Hanover Research, 2014

Professional Ethics (UNIV 3334) – Examine moral problems relating to professional practices and the workplace. By reading and discussing a diverse selection of ethical works, cases and practical scenarios, students will develop skills in critical analysis and logical argumentation of professional conduct related to moral problems, such as those relating to: the employer-employee and professional-client relationship, business management, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care and the law.

Leadership Principles (UNIV 3335) – In this course, students prepare to become leaders and embark on paths of personal leadership development. This journey into leadership requires personal curiosity and reflection as well as personal openness and sharing with the professor. Leadership development concepts used in the course will be immediately applicable and useful for the rest of your life.

Professional Portfolio Project (UNIV 3336) – This course provides a structured process for the development of a professional portfolio that highlights your academic, workplace, personal and professional accomplishments. Both an e-portfolio and traditional portfolio will be created.

More about UT Tyler's applied arts and sciences program of study

Find Out More: 800 UT Tyler