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Online Bachelor of Applied Science

Complete Coursework: varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $248.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

Did you know that earning your bachelor's degree could increase your yearly wages by an average of 48 percent?* The A-State Bachelor of Applied Science 100% online program is the affordable way to complete your degree. Designed to move you into leadership roles in a technical field, our online BAS maximizes your time with the flexibility of online learning while you continue to work.

Customize your degree to fit your goals by choosing from two available emphasis areas:

  • Renewable energy technology
  • Technology

Major courses build on your Associate of Applied Science with the leadership, organizational and critical thinking skills you need to compete in today's competitive workplace. Diversify your skillset with courses in statistics, technical writing, and renewable energy.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree requires 35 credit hours from General Education courses (15 hours from Associate of Applied Science degree, 20 from A-State), 40 hours from an Associate of Applied Science Degree or 40 approved military credits, 30 hours of major degree requirements and 15 hours from the chosen emphasis area.

*Percentage based on Arkansas Education to Employment Report, 2013.

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Major Courses

Forms and techniques of technical writing.
Provides understanding of information needs of management, information technology used by various business subsystems, and how technology can be utilized for competitive advantage. Prerequisite: CIT 1503 or CS 1013.
An interdisciplinary analysis of the relationships of individuals and groups within the context of the organization, blending concepts drawn from psychology, sociology, philosophy and communication theory with basic managerial concepts.
Fundamental principles and applications related to biofuels, wind, solar, hydrogen and other emerging alternative energy technologies along with their applications. Prerequisites: MATH 1023, CHEM 1013 and CHEM 1011.
Basic concepts and methods of statistics in a technical environment, including descriptive statistics, significant tests, estimation, sampling and correlation.
Required for all BSIS majors. Must be senior level status to enroll (90 or more earned hours).
Capstone experience is designed to ensure BSIS graduates synthesize the learning objectives embedded in the BSIS program and gain the necessary skills to be market-ready including professional-level communications and critical thinking skills. The special problems research project is centered on students' emphasis area(s).
Exploration of the role of critical thinking in a range of professional settings through reading, writing and communication using technology, professionally-prepared materials, and statistical charts. Basic overview of the research writing process is included.
Individual problems in Leadership Development arranged in conjunction with the instructor. Must be approved by dean. No prerequisites.
Dynamics and theories of communication within an organization.

Renewable Energy Technology Emphasis

Study of processing principles and applications in bio-energy industry: process parameters, properties of materials, transport processes, fluid flow, pumps, material handling, drying, extraction, fermentation, bioreactor, sanitation, and process economics. Prerequisites: MATH 1023, CHEM 1013 and CHEM 1011. Process instrumentation or equivalent course as approved by instructor also required.
A study of processes and developments in the biofuels and other emerging technology for bio-based energy products. Prerequisites: MATH 1023, CHEM 1013, CHEM 1011 and RET 3113, or approval of instructor.
A study of renewable energy systems including technologies for solar, hydrogen, fuel cell, biomass and wind. Prerequisites: MATH 1023, CHEM 1013, CHEM 1011 and RET 3113, or approval of instructor.
A study of energy and power measurement techniques to analyze energy use, and methods to conserve energy in residential and industrial sectors. Prerequisites: MATH 1023, PHYS 2054, CS 1013 and RET 3113, or approval of instructor.
A study of wind energy fundamentals and processes for converting wind power with emphasis on turbines and the wind power systems. Prerequisites: PHYS 2054, MATH 1023, and RET 3113, or approval of instructor.

Technology Emphasis

An introduction of the basic concepts of safety and health. Topics include the role of the safety professional, social, legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as the concepts of hazard recognition, evaluation and control.
Quantitative techniques for decision making, break even analysis, economic models, Gaussian distributions, inventory control, production models, and mathematical programming. Prerequisite: MATH 1023.
The principles and practices of quality in manufactured products. Familiarization with industrial methods and equipment used in quality assessment. Basic topics include histograms, Pareto diagrams, control charts, acceptance sampling, process capability, cause and effect diagrams, reliability, visual inspection, and the relationship between quality and cost. Prerequisite: TECH 3773.
Principles of Lean Manufacturing, including strategies to eliminate waste and reduce costs, and continuous quality improvement using the principle of Six Sigma; advanced quality assurance terminology and application of statistical practices in manufacturing management. Prerequisite: TECH 3773. Prerequisite or co-requisite: TECH 4823.
A survey course that addresses the problems of managing a small working unit, such as a department, within a larger unit, such as a company. Topics to be addressed include goal identification, staffing needs, monitoring of work process reporting, work center communications, and interpersonal relations within the work center.
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Did You Know?
Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science could increase your wages by 40-80%.
-Arkansas Occupational Employment and Wage Survey, 2014
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