Applied Sciences

Grady Price Blount (Department Head and Chair)
Location: AGET 230, 903-886-5781, Fax 903-886-5199
Applied Sciences Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/scienceEngineeringAgriculture/departments/appliedSciences/defaultold1.aspx

The Department of Applied Sciences offers a program for the completion from an Associate of Applied Science degree to a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS). The BAAS degree program prepares students for managerial careers in technical fields. This program offers a seamless transition from an associates of applied arts and sciences degree in technical fields earned from community colleges to a bachelor’s degree. Up to 85 semester hours may be transferred into the program, and the remaining courses may be completed online.

BAAS 301 - Principles of Applied Science
Hours: 3
The course is designed to provide students enhanced development opportunities for a broad array of principles, practices, and application skills common to contemporary business and industry. Emphasis on communication practices, techniques, and skills; career and educational building activities; and reading and writing activities related to the literature in the field of study. Students will be expected to participate in course activities, read related literature, conduct research on an assigned topics, and prepare written documents for evaluation.

BAAS 326 - Exploring Spreadsheets
Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to creatively use industry standard software. More than an introduction to these tools, this course will delve deeper into the intermediate skills necessary for today’s managers. Students will focus not only on using the basics of the software, but also on developing products using the software.

BAAS 345 - Leadership Techniques
Hours: 3
Provides a comprehensive and applied understanding of leadership and management functions to prepare individuals to effectively mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders while leading and managing today’s organizations. Focuses on critical knowledge and skills necessary to carry out organizational goals and objectives. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

BAAS 351 - Financial Fitness: Planning, Budgeting, and Decision Making
Hours: 3
This course covers key components of financial leadership by exposing students to financial skills needed for professional and personal success. Emphasis on financial decision making, asset purchases, financing options, budgeting, and analysis and interpretation of financial data.

BAAS 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Hours: 3
Special Topics. Three semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

BAAS 408 - Problem Solving with Databases
Hours: 3
This course will bring advanced skills to students through data analysis and provide deep understanding of the results of the analysis. Using industry standard software tools, case studies will be utilized that will focus on real world organizational problems. Students will focus on identifying the problem, using software to produce results and defending those results through analysis. Prerequisites: BAAS 326.

BAAS 443 - Professional Standards
Hours: 3
Survey of contemporary professional standards including discussions of technical cultures and norms, benchmarking, sustainability, ethical criteria and ideas for corporate citizenship. Focuses on elements of work ethics with an emphasis on techniques to foster lifelong learning and collaborative growth. Statistical aspects of quality control and assurance.

BAAS 445 - Ethical Decision Making
Hours: 3
The study of strategies and interpersonal communication systems that provide today's management with accurate and quality information on which to base decisions and to be effective in the day to day negotiations within the business environment.

BAAS 489 - Independent Studies
Hours: 1-3
Independent Studies - Three semester hours Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite Consent of head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

BAAS 497 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Hours: 3
Special Topics. Three semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

BGS 401 - Globalization
Hours: 3
Globalization - Course provides coverage of a broad survey of global business issues; analyzes the environment in which global businesses operate. Prerequisites: : Junior/Senior.

BGS 402 - Research Methods
Hours: 3
Students will complete a project incorporating all disciplines from their individualized program, consisting of research, literature reviews, and information analysis resulting in a written or media product. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior.

BGS 403 - Sustainability-Unfettered Thought
Hours: 3
Sustainability-Unfettered Thought - Three semester hours. Study of principles of development to include discussions of how consideration of human and materials resources are needed for maintaining, supporting, and managing a business in the global world today. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior.

BGS 404 - Organizational Dynamics and Diversity
Hours: 3
Diversity - Course will focus on building managerial skills to successful achieve organizational change through creativity, innovation and cultural diversity. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior.

BGS 405 - Sustainability in Contemporary Enterprise
Hours: 3
This is an advanced course on creating sustainability in the contemporary technical enterprise. It includes considerations of human and material resources and how they are required for maintaining, supporting, and managing technical and scientific enterprises or industry in the global environment with emphasis on the principles and strategies for maintaining sustainable practices and materials over the long-term. Topics include resource management, consumption, supply chain management, product development and production, distribution, packaging, waste management, and other environmental issues. Students will be expected to conduct research on assignment topics and to prepare written documents for evaluation.

BGS 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 0-4

BGS 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 0-4

Grady Price Blount
Professor and Department Head
B.S., Corpus Christi State University; M.S., Sul Ross State University; Ph.D., Arizona State University

Tina Lancaster
Instructor
B.S., M.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce

Theresa Sadler
Lecturer
B.S., M.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Annette Taggart
Instructor
B.B.A., M.B.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce