Applied Sciences

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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.

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BAAS 100 - Orientation
Hours: 0

BAAS 301 - Designing Your Future Work
Hours: 3
This course is intended to be the first course taken as part of the BAAS degree, preparing students to be successful in their major and their time at A&M Commerce. Emphasis on professionalism, communication practices, techniques, and skills will be provided. Additionally, students will use a design thinking approach to learn practical tools and ideas to make the most of their A&M Commerce experience. Topics include the purpose of college, educational and vocational wayfinding, and preparation for the agility and resilience needed for lifelong employment. Students will identify individual goals, assess skills and talents, explore career options, analyze the job market, and effectively use employment search tools.

BAAS 303 - Professional Communications
Hours: 3
This course is a study and application of technical writing documents, letters, manuals and reports. Emphasis is also placed on presentations, team building, employee training, interviewing, business etiquette and professionalism.

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 have the opportunity to earn the Entry Level and Advanced Microsoft Office badges in Excel. This course also prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exam in Excel 2019.

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.

BAAS 351 - 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, 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 is a deep-dive into the Database Management System, Microsoft Access. Starting from the beginner level, students will learn to complete advanced queries, reports, and automated functions within this industry standard software. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Entry and Advanced Microsoft Badges in Access. This course also prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exam in Access 2016.

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 100 - Orientation
Hours: 0

BGS 401 - Globalization
Hours: 3
Students will explore the changing future of work and their place in it. Planning for academic success and future career opportunities will be discussed. Students will also learn about personal leadership, reflecting on their own strengths and abilities, and will draw upon perceptions from others to construct their own understanding of leadership.

BGS 402 - Research Methods
Hours: 3
Students will be oriented to address the following questions: what problem in the world do I want to be part of the solution to, and how am I, myself, a problem to be solved? In this course, students will research a problem related to their aspiring career interests. Students will also learn to overcome obstacles that may limit a growth mindset personally and professionally.

BGS 404 - Organizational Dynamics and Diversity
Hours: 3
Changing demographics and globalization patterns shape the context of employment trends and necessitate an innovative leader that is culturally competent and aware of their own biases. In this course, students will explore their future career plans and analyze their capacity to work in a diverse environment and with diverse co-workers. Implications of this for leadership will be discussed. Prerequisites: BGS 401 and BGS 402.

BGS 405 - Capstone: Designing Your Future As An Innovative Leader
Hours: 3
This course provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been learned about life design, career development, the future of work, and leadership in all previous courses in the BGS program. Students will apply this learning to demonstrate mastery in the program learning outcomes of written/oral communication, career management, integrative learning, critical thinking/problem solving, and leadership. Prerequisites: BGS 401and BGS 402.

BGS 480 - Internship
Hours: 0
An internship is a supervised work experience that provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom-based knowledge while gaining practical work experience in their chosen career field. Projects are identified by employers and then aligned with a curriculum, and typically completed within a 10-14 week period. The objective is for students to learn, apply, or integrate knowledge in a cooperative manner between the university and regional employers. The focus here is on applying theory from learning to practice.

BGS 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 0-4
Individualized instruction May be repeated when the topic varies.

BGS 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 0-4
Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

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

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