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The best of both worlds

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree is unique among all other SFA degrees in that you can apply non-collegiate credit to the completion of your bachelor’s degree. This includes credits earned through community college vocational or technical programs, military training and occupational licensure or certification. Applying such credits provides a shorter route to completing a bachelor’s degree than many traditional programs.

Our BAAS degree gives you the academic foundation of a traditional degree program complemented by coursework designed to support your specific occupational or professional focus.

Transfer up to 66 hours credit from academic institutions. In addition to these, students can apply extra-institutional credits toward the BAAS degree. Students must earn a minimum of 42 hours from SFA.

Students who hold associate’s degrees in technical fields are particularly well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program. The program has three components: core curriculum, area of specialization and professional development area.

In addition, SFA students can earn their BAAS degree without ever stepping foot on campus. You can complete your degree 100% online if you choose one of these three professional development areas of study: Public Administration, Industrial Technology or General Business.

Is the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences right for you?

SFA’s Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences is designed to help you accelerate your career path by giving you the skills and knowledge to achieve your professional goals. Our program lets you combine credit from a technical or community college with coursework and training in a specific occupational area to prepare you for a successful career. 

The BAAS is ideally suited for students with an associate's degree in a technical field. It is not intended for students seeking teacher certification while completing a bachelor's degree. Students who plan to apply to law school, medical school or graduate programs in academic disciplines should consult with an advisor in their discipline of interest before applying to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program.

Many BAAS applicants are also eligible for SFA's Community College Transfer Scholarship Program.

Eligibility and documentation  

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program. Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Students who have earned an associate's degree (or most of an associate's degree) that includes technical credit – such as courses in respiratory therapy, graphic arts, welding, etc. – must submit transcripts from the junior or community college attended.
  • Students who have been out of school for a number of years and have developed vocational-technical competencies equivalent to a community college program must provide documentation including, but not limited to:
    • A certificate of completion;
    • A letter from a supervisor certifying training hours completed toward certification or licensure, and a description of training sessions with hours required to complete each;
    • Documentation of training must include the date(s) the training occurred, duration of the training and a summary of the topics covered.

Important: If the learning experience occurred outside of a training  program related to professional licensure or certification, the student  must submit an occupational portfolio.

  • Veterans or students who are currently serving in the military and have acquired specialized training as part of their service must submit military transcripts for evaluation.

How to apply

Applications are available at the Division of Multidisciplinary Studies (Ferguson Building, Room 289) or the Academic and Career Advising Office for the College of Liberal and Applied Arts (Ferguson Building, Room 291). You can also download an application on the left side of this page.

The completed application and documentation of eligibility can be submitted via email to or mailed to:

Billy Harris, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Coordinator
P.O. Box 6153, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6153

You will be notified of your admission status once your application has been reviewed.

Application deadlines  

Application due dates for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program are as follows:

  • Fall semester- July 31
  • Spring semester- December 1
  • Summer semesters- April 1

Need more information?

To learn more about the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program, please email or call 936.468.6537.

Undergraduate programs and requirements 

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences requires 120 total hours allocated between the core curriculum, the area of specialization and the professional development area.

Area of Specialization

The area of specialization is the equivalent of coursework in the major of a traditional degree program and is where your non-collegiate credit is applied. It requires 38 to 48 hours in one of the following designated occupational areas: 

  • Allied health occupations
  • Business occupations
  • Public safety and administration 
  • Graphic arts
  • Applied technology
  • Energy technology
  • Agriculture technology

Professional Development Area

The professional development area takes the place of the minor in a traditional degree program. This component of the program is intended to broaden your academic foundation and complement your area of specialization. It consists of 24 to 36 hours chosen from an academic discipline in consultation with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences advisor. 

Professional development options include, but are not limited to:

  • Art
  • Criminal justice
  • General business 
  • General business, petroleum land management certification
  • History
  • Industrial technology administration
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Sociology

Some professional development areas have specific prerequisites from the core curriculum. Your advisor can help you incorporate the required courses into your program.

More information on BAAS course offerings is available in the Undergraduate Bulletin

To learn more about the BAAS program, email


Division of Multidisciplinary Programs

Ferguson Building
Room 273 AA

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6082, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962