Department of Applied Studies

Linda Thornton, Advisor     
ACU Box 28082
Abilene, Texas 79699-8082
Hunter Welcome Center

Phone: 325-674-2505
Fax: 325-674-6903
Email: thorntonl@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/bas

Introduction
The Department of Applied Studies offers the Bachelor of Applied Studies to encourage adults to obtain a bachelor’s degree. A student may begin a degree program at the entry level or a student may be able to combine previous college experience with knowledge obtained outside the classroom to form a foundation for degree completion. Special efforts are made to incorporate adult learners into the university environment.

Special off-campus offerings, Study Abroad activities or intercollegiate courses will be subject to additional costs and require an advisor’s approval.

During the first semester of course work, each student is enrolled in APST 101 Adult Learning Theory, a course that acquaints students with ACU’s academic environment and establishes rapport among the entering cohort group. To remain in the BAS program, a student may not withdraw from this course without approval from the department. Choosing to withdraw without approval constitutes withdrawal from the program.

Admission Requirements    

  1. Minimum age of 25.
  2. Minimum of two years work or volunteer experience.
  3. Interview with the BAS advisor.
  4. Bachelor of Applied Studies Application and non-refundable application fee.
  5. Satisfactory official transcripts of all previous college work. A high school transcript is required if fewer than 30 college semester hours have been earned.
  6. A two-page, typed statement of purpose.
  7. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members (one personal, one academic or job-related).
  8. Without an associate degree or with fewer than 64 acceptable college semester hours, appropriate test scores (e.g., SAT, ACT, COMPASS, WAIS, TONI).

 

Bible Hours Required of BAS Transfer Students
(University Requirements)
 

Transfer hours credited to ACU degree

Bible hours required for ACU degree

Courses required

0-29

14

BIBL 101, 102, 211, elective, 440

30-79

11

BIBL 101, 102, 211, 440

80 or higher

8

BIBL 101, 211, 440

Note: Text courses may be any undergraduate BIBL course except BIBL 300, 400, or 420. Acceptable non-text courses 
are: BIBD 332, 368, 379, 380, 486; BIBH 383; BIBM 312, 390, 401, 405, 434, 435, 436, 437, 442.

BACHELOR OF APPLIED STUDIES (BAS)    

BAS: APPLIED STUDIES DEGREE PLAN (AS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

APST 101 Adult Learning Theory 

SOCI 460 Ethics or Social Issues or

     BIBD 486 Ethics 

TOTAL BAS CORE 

3

 

3

6

EMPHASIS AND SUPPORT (TOTAL 54 HOURS)  

Area of Emphasis (36 hours)

    Bible and Related Studies    
    Communication    
    Communication Disorders    
    Education (must be admitted to teacher education program)
    Family and Community Services
    Gerontology
    Human and Professional Administration
    Industrial Psychology
    Liberal Arts
    Mathematics
    Nursing (RN to BASN)
    Physical Education
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Sociology/Criminal Justice

TOTAL (minimum of 18 advanced hours)  

Area of Support (18 hours)

    Any area approved by advisor (minimum of 6 advanced hours)

TOTAL 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

36

 

 

18

ELECTIVES  
Maximum  

18

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

78

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Hours at ACU* 

Minimum GPA in area of emphasis 

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum advanced hours at ACU, emphasis area  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in 
minimum hours required for degree.

*25 percent of required courses, including the last 24 hours. 

≥32

 2.25

2.00

33

9

128

 
 

 

 

 

Course Descriptions
Please see theCourse Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Bachelor of Applied Studies 
program include those with the following designation: APST.

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