Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Studies


The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree expands the skills and knowledge base of students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in various health and medical fields, such as respiratory therapy, medical laboratory technology, radiology, occupational therapist, and physical therapy assistant.  The B.A.S. degree with a major in Health Studies includes a curriculum of 36 semester credit hours (SCH) from the Associate of Applied Science degree, 21 SCH in Health Studies, and 15 SCH in Business.  The program provides students the knowledge and skills to apply concepts and principles of management and organization, including the functions of planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating; effectively engaging in human relations, communications, and leadership; and applying basic principles of business organizations and operations.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Effectively plan a health education/promotion program.
  2. Effectively develop an evaluation plan for a health education/promotion program.
  3. Effectively communicate with various audiences in a health education/promotion setting.


All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 72 SCH       

Program Code: HLTHSTUD.BAS   CIP Code: 51.0000.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

*Health Specialization36
HS 3403Environmental Health and Safety Education3
HS 4363Consumer Health3
HS 4553Stress Management Techniques3
HS 4573Occupational Risk Assessment3
HS 4743Needs Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation for Health Professionals3
Advanced HS Elective3
Advanced HS Elective3
BUS 3013Business Law and Ethics3
BUS 3163Business Communications3
MGT 3003Principles of Management3
MGT 3273Human Resource Management3
MKT 3113Principles of Marketing3
Total SCHs72

Departmental Requirements

PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies3
Total SCHs6

*Transfer Credit Accepted from Health Specialization - Up to 36 semester credit hours (including Field of Study courses). The courses in the health specialization are applied from the associate’s degree achieved. The following are examples, but not considered conclusive of the health fields that will transfer. Echocardiology Technology, Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Laboratory Technology, Respiratory Care, Emergency Medical Services, Health Information Management, Biotechnology, Radiology Services, Occupational Therapy Technician, Physical Therapy Technician, Medical staff services, and many more. 

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness/Mathematics CAO2
HS 3403Environmental Health and Safety Education 3
MGT 3003Principles of Management 3
 SCHs 15
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
HS 4363Consumer Health 3
Life & Physical Sciences4
 SCHs 16
Second Year
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
HS Elective (Upper Level)3
HS 4553Stress Management Techniques 3
Life & Physical Sciences4
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies 3
 SCHs 16
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
Creative Arts3
BUS 3013Business Law and Ethics 3
MKT 3113Principles of Marketing 3
 SCHs 12
Third Year
HS 4573Occupational Risk Assessment 3
BUS 3163Business Communications 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
HS Elective 2 (Upper Level)3
 SCHs 12
HS 4743Needs Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation for Health Professionals 3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 13423
MGT 3273Human Resource Management 3
General Elective4
 SCHs 13
 Total SCHs:  84