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 have received an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an accredited two-year institution in an approved area of specialization. Students should review specific Admissions details on 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 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, 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.

Specific concentrations may have additional policies indicated below.

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. 

Concentrations

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 (Mason Core)
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 202 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 the School of Integrative Studies 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 (Mason Core)
Smithsonian Semester: Endangered Species and Conservation
Conservation Seminar
Small Population Management
RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core)
Research in Conservation (Mason Core)
Electives
Select a minimum of 15 required elective credit hours from the following: 115
Exploring Virginia's Watersheds
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Animal Rights and Humane Education
Field-Based Work
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Total Credits40

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.

Students must have a C or better in any course that satisfies a prerequisite for an IT course.  To graduate with the BAS with a Cyber Security concentration, students must have a C or better in their core, concentration, and technical focus courses.

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 Management (Fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
IT 357Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing3
IT 429Security Accreditation of Information Systems3
IT 462Applied Cyber Threat Analysis3
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
Technical Focus
Select 15 credit hours of required IT, MBUS, or MIS coursework from the following. Courses not listed here may be selected in consultation with the advisor. Not all Technical Focus courses listed here are offered online. Students pursuing CYBS online should meet with their advisor to select courses that are offered online.15
Information Defense Technologies
Data and Application Security
Turning Ideas into Successful Companies
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)
Database Management Systems
Networks and Security
Systems Analysis and Design
Advanced Database Systems
Information Systems Audit and Control
Total Credits78

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
Network Servers and Infrastructures
Advanced Networking Principles
Wireless Communications and Networking
Special Topics in Information Technology
Information Systems Security:
Network Security
Network Servers and Infrastructures
Applied Cyber Threat Analysis
Foundations of Cryptography and Security
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 Topics in 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 and College of Education and Human Development.

Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
HDFS 200Individual and Family Development (Mason Core)3
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
INTS 317Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)4
PSYC 301Research Methods in Psychology (Fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
or SOCI 303 Methods and Logic of Inquiry
HDFS 300Individual and Family Services Delivery3
HDFS 400Advanced Family Processes (Mason Core) (Fulfills synthesis requirement)3
HDFS 401Family Law and Public Policy (Fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
HDFS 498Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
HDFS 499Advanced Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
Total Credits31

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 School of Integrative Studies 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:
INTS 300Law and Justice (Mason Core)3
GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
GOVT 422Constitutional Interpretation3
or GOVT 423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
PHIL 311Philosophy of Law3
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Journalism Law
Legislative Behavior
American Political Thought
International Law and Organization
Administrative Law and Procedures
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Criminology
Sociology of Delinquency
Total Credits30

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 Managerial Leadership (MGL)

This concentration is in collaboration with School of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone (Mason Core)3
Concentration Requirements
MBUS 300Accounting in a Global Economy3
MBUS 301Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy3
MBUS 302Managing Information in a Global Economy3
MBUS 306Managing Projects and Operations3
INTS 404Ethics and Leadership (fulfills writing-intensive requirement)4
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
CONF 320Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
COMM 320Business and Professional Communication3
COMM 401Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace3
Total Credits41

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

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.