Degree Type: B.S.A.S.
CIP Code 24.0102
Major Code APS
Department Code DEA
Concentration Code CYY
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The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) was developed under provisions from Florida legislation to recognize Associate in Science (A.S.) degree holders to pursue and acquire a bachelor’s degree. At USFSM, concentrations for B.S.A.S. are available in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the College of Business.  In the College of Business, the B.S.A.S. degree can be pursued in Cyber Security and Information Technology.


The mission of the B.S.A.S. program is to further develop the occupational competencies of an A.S. degree to the level of a Bachelor of Science degree.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significant facts, principles, concepts, and/or theories comprising their selected field of concentration.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of critical thinking: focus on the main idea, draw inferences, evaluate, analyze, and continue the progression of an idea.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of good writing: focused unity, coherent organization, relevant support, appropriate diction and syntax, correct grammar and mechanics for the discipline.


Students majoring in B.S.A.S. must meet all degree requirements of USFSM. The following policies also apply:

  • This degree program is available ONLY to A.S. graduates from Florida public institutions who have an overall “C” average (2.00) in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USFSM.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

There are no State-Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Degree Requirements

Credits transferred in from completed A.S. degree


Credit Hours

General education 18
Lower-level credits from A.S. degree 42

Credits to be completed at USFSM


Credit Hours


General education 18
Major 23-30
Upper-level elective credits to meet degree requirements Variable
Upper-level pillar requirements Variable See Core Curriculum for upper-level pillar course options.
Sequential foreign language courses if foreign language requirement is not fulfilled 8-10

Admission Requirements:

To pursue a B.S.A.S. degree in Cyber Security & IT at USFSM students must have a Florida A.S. degree, with an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in an IT-related discipline.   This program supplements the related technical skills obtained in the A.S. degree. Students are encouraged to take the following highly recommended courses.

Highly Recommended Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
COP 2030 Programming Concepts I 3 None
COP 2250 Object-Oriented Programming (Java SE) 3 None
COP 2700 Database Systems Basics 3 PR: COP 2030
MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics 3 None

Major Requirements:

The B.S.A.S. in Cyber Security & IT is made up of eleven (11) credits of required core courses and twelve (12) credits of electives.

Required Core Courses (11 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology 3 PR: COP 3515
CGS 3373C Data Networking & Communication 3
CGS 3374C Architecture & Operating Systems 3 PR: CGS 3373
CIS 4916 Cyber Security and IT Capstone Project 2 Senior standing in IT  SMCC, 6ACM

IT Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

A large selection of IT electives are available within the college.  Students should work with their advisor to tailor their B.S.A.S. degree to meet their personal interests and career goals.