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2020-2021 UMA Catalog 
2020-2021 UMA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Science

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Coordinator: Terry Lawson
Website: www.uma.edu/academics/programs/applied-science/


Students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science or Applied Arts (AAS/AAA) Degree in a technical or vocational area from one of the campuses of the Maine Community College System or similar institution may elect to pursue UMA’s Bachelor of Applied Science Degree to broaden their professional horizons.

Choose a minor that will help you advance within places of employment, improve the effectiveness of your own business, or simply broaden your outlook on the world. Under the approved program, the Maine Community College System’s Associate of Applied Science Degree, or an equivalent, will transfer in approximately 60 credit hours, or 20 courses, including 19-21 credits hours of general education requirements and a maximum of 39-41 credit hours of technical/trade courses.

Program Objectives

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science will be prepared to start a small business, enter a graduate program, advance within a business that employs the student, improve the effectiveness of their small business, redirect their career path, and/or be a lifelong learner. This program provides students the opportunity to transfer an Associate of Applied Science or Applied Arts from one of the Maine Community Colleges or similar institution into UMA to enhance their applied science knowledge with a broad liberal arts background of English, communications, social and natural science, humanities, fine arts, and mathematics. Students will declare a minor to focus on a specific knowledge area. The minors which are available are: accounting; addiction studies; art; behavioral sciences; business administration; early childhood services; English; financial services; geriatric human services; holocaust, genocide and human rights studies; information and library science; justice studies; mathematics; photography; political science; public administration; small business management; and women’s studies.

Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, the student should have:

  • a well-rounded understanding of the major functional areas of their chosen minor
  • well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • strong analytic and critical thinking skills and the ability to:
  • utilize current technology
  • understand ethical decision models
  • conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis of problems
  • form opinions based on analysis
  • support conclusions with evidence

Admissions Requirements (see UMA general requirements )

Program Content

It is anticipated that the MCCS’s associate of applied science graduate will transfer approximately 60 credits, including 19-21 credits of general education requirements and a maximum of 39-41 credits of technical/trade courses. The 39-41 technical/trade credits would constitute the applied science major without being named in the degree.

The general education/core courses from the MCCS will, in most instances, include: college writing, speech or technical writing, social science, lab science, mathematics, and humanities. UMA’s 37 credit hour baccalaureate core and general education requirement would need to be met in order to earn the bachelor of applied science degree. This requirement consists of:

  1. Core Skills, Competencies, and Abilities (15 credits)
    1. Written Communication 6 CRENG 101  and 3 CR from ENG 102W , or ENG 317W  
    2. Writing Intensive Course 3 CR
    3. Oral Communication 3 CR
    4. Mathematics 3 CR - MAT 100  or higher
  2. General Education Requirements (25 credits)
    1. Humanities 6 CR
    2. Fine Arts 3 CR
    3. Natural Science with a Laboratory 4 CR
    4. Computer Science 3 CR - CIS 100  or CIS 101  
    5. Math, Science, or Computer Science 3 CR
    6. Social Sciences 6 CR

* All core and general education courses will address issues of diversity.

The student would need to declare a minor which is identified as at least 18 credit hours.
All students are required to complete the capstone course, INT 385W  3 CR.
Finally, a minimum of 30 credits of the required 121 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level and a minimum of 6 of those credits must be in the minor. BAS majors will be assigned faculty academic advisors based upon their selected minor.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Completion Options:

Graduates of a dental assisting program accredited by a CODA accredited institution can be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Completion Program at UMA.

Graduates of an FAA certified school may transfer 27-33 credits in AVI courses to create a concentration of aviation science within the BAS degree.

Concentration in Aviation Science

Private Pilot Certification 6 CR
Instrument Rated Certification 6 CR
Commercial Pilot Certification 15 CR
Flight Instructor Instrument Certification 6 CR

A maximum of 41 credit hours will be applied to the BAS degree. Students can enter this program without Flight Instructor Certification but must take an additional 6 credits in AVI courses at UMA for a minimum of 33 AVI credits.

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