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Applied Sciences

Grady Price Blount (Department Head and Chair)
Location: AGET 230, 903-886-5781, Fax 903-886-5199
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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 - Technology Techniques and Solutions
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 Tools for Managers
Hours: 3
This course covers key components of financial leadership by exposing students to basic financial skills needed by managers in the workplace. Emphasis on production and capital budgeting, presentations, and financial decision making, as well as analysis and interpretation of fiscal data reported to, and expected from, management. Corequisites: BAAS 326.

Hours: 3
Special Topics. Three semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

BAAS 408 - Advanced Problem Solving
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.

Hours: 3
Special Topics. Three semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

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
B.S., M.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce

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

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