The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is an undergraduate liberal arts degree program for adult learners. It is designed primarily to deepen student knowledge in an academic area and foster critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and an ability to synthesize information.

The BAS articulates well with specialized Applied Associate Science (AAS) degree programs, providing a streamlined path to completion of traditional academic requirements leading to the baccalaureate degree. It meets students' professional and personal goals while developing a depth of knowledge and proficiency of skill that translates well to the workplace. However, it is not organized in the same way as a traditional baccalaureate degree. Students planning graduate study should consult with an academic advisor prior to undertaking this degree program.

Admissions

As a prerequisite to enrollment in the BAS, students must be at least 7 years out of high school and have received an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an accredited two-year institution in an approved area of specialization. The AAS degree will normally fulfill some, but not all, Mason Core requirements. Students who do not meet the 7 year rule may be eligible for an Admissions waiver if additional criteria a are met. Details are available at the program's website.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Program Requirements

BAS students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees including Mason Core requirements, to include 45 credits of upper-level coursework. All Mason Core requirements must be met with either George Mason courses or transferrable equivalents.

The minimum credit requirement for a bachelor's degree is 120 credits; however, while there is some variation between concentration areas, fulfilling all Mason Core requirements and an academic concentration or specialization is likely to require most BAS students to complete at least 63-66 credits at George Mason, which may lead to over 120 credits of coursework in order to receive the degree.

Admitted BAS students will be academically advised by the appropriate BAS Program concentration Advisor to plan their course of study including completion of the Mason Core, the BAS concentration or specialization, and any remaining requirements. See the website for more information.

The degree plan outlined is based on a student who transfers in a minimum of 30 credits from a completed AAS degree. Some of these credits may count only towards the elective requirement within the BAS degree.

Banner Code: UN-BAS-APLS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120-126

Concentrations are intended to provide focus for the BAS curriculum in an area relevant to the student's AAS degree while allowing for the breadth of study associated with a liberal arts baccalaureate degree. Please note that determination of current transfer work for these concentrations may impact course requirements.

In addition to satisfying all Mason Core requirements, students must satisfy the requirements for one of the seven concentrations. Students who do not wish to pursue a concentration may seek permission to plan a course of study in a specialization outside the concentration areas in collaboration with the program advisor.

Concentration in Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ACAR)

This concentration is in collaboration with the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Core Requirement
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
CONF 301Research and Inquiry in Conflict Resolution3
CONF 302Culture, Identity, and Conflict3
Select one of the following3
Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Applied Coursework
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
Choose three credits of Skills Coursework from:3
Dialogue and Difference
Internship Field Experience
International Field Experience
Special Topics in Advanced Techniques and Practices
Mediating Conflict
or foreign language completed at the 250 level.
CONF 490RS: Integration (Mason Core)3
Electives
In consultation with their advisor, students are required to take 18 credits of concentration coursework; at least 9 credits must be from the CONF department. The concentration list can be found in the catalog or on our website.18
Total Credits42

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Conservation Studies (CNST)

This concentration is in collaboration with New Century College and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. This degree is ideal for students who have earned an AAS in Veterinary Technology. One semester of study at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is required for completion of degree requirements.

BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
Select one of the Smithsonian Semesters listed below:16
Smithsonian Semester: Conservation, Biodiversity and Society:
Conservation in Practice
Conservation Theory
Applied Conservation
Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)
RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core)
Smithsonian Semester: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation:
Conservation Seminar
Biodiversity Monitoring
Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology
Research in Conservation
Smithsonian Semester: Endangered Species and Conservation
Conservation Seminar
Small Population Management
RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core)
Research in Conservation
Electives
Select a minimum of 15 required elective credit hours from the following: 115
Exploring Virginia's Watersheds
The Nonprofit Sector
Environmental Justice
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US
Animal Rights and Humane Education
Field-Based Work
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Total Credits40
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Please note: All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded. 

Concentration in Cyber Security (CYBS)

This concentration is in collaboration with the Volgenau School of Engineering and is only available to students who graduate with an AAS degree in Cyber Security from the Virginia Community College System.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
Concentration Requirements
IT 104Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)3
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 223Information Security Fundamentals3
IT 304IT in the Global Economy (Mason Core)3
IT 343IT Project Management3
IT 357Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing3
IT 429Security Accreditation of Information Systems3
IT 462Information Security Principles3
IT Cyber Security
Specific courses must be taken at the community college to fulfill this requirement (15 credits met via transfer). Students should consult with their advisor.15
IT Elective Transfer Courses
Specific courses must be taken at the community college to fulfill this requirement (15 credits met via transfer). Students should consult with an advisor.15
Electives
Select 15 credit hours of required elective IT , MBUS or MIS coursework from the following, in consultation with the advisor. 115
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Marketing in a Global Economy
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Managing Projects and Operations
Corporate Finance and Investments in a Global Economy
Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core)
Total Credits78
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All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Defense Information Systems Technology (DIST)

This concentration is in collaboration with the Volgenau School of Engineering and is only available to students who graduate with an AAS degree in Applied Science. All courses in this concentration have sections offered via distance learning.

BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
MATH 108Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)3
IT 104Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)3
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 102Discrete Structures3
IT 106Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming3
IT 206Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving3
IT 223Information Security Fundamentals3
IT 300Modern Telecommunications3
IT 341Data Communications and Network Principles3
Select one from the following options:15
Networking and Telecommunications:
Network Security I
Network Servers and Infrastructures
Advanced Networking Principles
Wireless Communications and Networking
Special Topics in Information Technology
Information Systems Security:
Network Security I
Network Servers and Infrastructures
Information Security Principles
Network Security II
Special Topics in Information Technology
Electives
Select 12-15 hours of required 300/400 level elective coursework, in consultation with the advisor as need to complete the required 45 hours12-15
Total Credits63-66

Electives

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Health, Wellness and Social Services (HWSS)

This concentration is in collaboration with the College of Health and Human Services.

To enroll in this concentration, students must have an AAS in one of the following areas:

  • Health Information Management
  • Hospitality Management, Nutrition Management specialization
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy

Core Requirements

BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
SOCW 200Introduction to Social Work3
GCH 205Global Health (Mason Core)3
NURS 434Vulnerable Populations3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
Total Credits18

Additional Concentration Requirements

To complete the Health, Wellness and Social Services concentration, students must complete one of the two following areas:

  • Health Care Administration
  • Physical and Mental Health Care Delivery
Health Care Administration
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States3
HAP 360Introduction to Health Information Systems3
HAP 442Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy3
SOCW 380Changing Social Policies and Systems3
Total Credits12
Physical and Mental Health Care Delivery
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States3
NUTR 295Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)3
Select one from the following:3
Health and Environment
Healthy Aging
Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core)
Introduction to Gerontology
Selected Approaches to Social Work Intervention
Total Credits9

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)

This concentration is in collaboration with College of Humanities and Social Sciences, New Century College and College of Education and Human Development.

Core Requirement
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
HDFS 200Individual and Family Development3
Concentration Requirements
Adult Development and Aging:
PSYC 415Psychological Factors in Aging3
Family Processes:
Select one from the following:3-4
Engaging Families of Diverse Young Learners
Issues in Family Relationships
Psychology of Intimate Relationships
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life
Diversity:
Select one from the following:3-6
Socialization Processes: Family, Childhood, Personality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Cultural Competence
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Applied Research Methods:
Select one from the following:3
Research Methods
Research Methods in Psychology
Methods and Logic of Inquiry
Human Service Delivery:
HDFS 300Individual and Family Services Delivery (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirement)3
Internship:
HDFS 498Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
HDFS 499Advanced Internship Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
Total Credits27-31

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Legal Studies (LGLS)

This concentration is in collaboration with New Century College and College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
Concentration Requirements
Required Courses:
BULE 303Legal Environment of Business3
GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
GOVT 422Constitutional Interpretation3
or GOVT 423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
PHIL 311Philosophy of Law3
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Journalism Law
Legislative Behavior
American Political Thought
International Law and Organization
Administrative Law and Procedures
Social Movements and Community Activism
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights
Criminology
Sociology of Delinquency
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Total Credits36

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Technology and Innovation (TCNV)

This concentration is in collaboration with School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
Concentration Requirements 1
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 213Multimedia and Web Design 23
IT 214Database Fundamentals 23
IT 223Information Security Fundamentals3
IT 304IT in the Global Economy (Mason Core)3
IT 343IT Project Management3
MBUS 300Accounting in a Global Economy3
MBUS 301Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy3
MBUS 302Managing Information in a Global Economy3
MBUS 303Marketing in a Global Economy3
MBUS 305Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)3
Total Credits42
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All courses for this concentration are available in an online format with most offered as asynchronous delivery.

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The Information Sciences and Technology department offers 1-credit, self-paced, online review courses; ending with an in-class final exam. Students who register for a 1-credit course and successfully pass will receive credit (not a waiver) for the corresponding 3-credit course. Students who are not successful must take the respective course at Mason to meet their degree requirements.

Review courses are available as follows:

  • for IT 213 Multimedia and Web Design: IT 193 Review of Multimedia and Web Design
  • for IT 214 Database Fundamentals: IT 194 Review of Database Fundamentals

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.