Applied Arts and Sciences

applied arts and sciences

If you have an associates degree in Applied Arts & Sciences or technical or vocational courses from an accredited community or technical college, then the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) may be the degree for you.

If you want to have that competitive edge when job hunting, advance in your current field of employment or gain knowledge to change career fields, then consider UHV's Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree. The BAAS - Computer Science program recently ranked number four in affordability when compared with other regionally accredited universities across the U.S by Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.

Program Information
Degree Plan Options

Degree Plan - Biology

Degree Plan - Biotechnology

Degree Plan - Communication

Degree Plan - Computer Information Systems

Degree Plan - Digital Gaming and Simulation

Degree Plan - General Business

Degree Plan - General Studies

Degree Plan - Legal Assistance and Administration

Degree Plan - Marketing

Degree Plan - Networking and Security

Degree Plan - Petroleum Technology

Degree Plan - Psychology

Degree Plan - Web and Media

Credit Hours

120 Credit Hours

Delivery Methods

Victoria (traditional semesters)

Katy (mostly evenings, traditional semesters)

Online traditional

Tuition & Fees

Rates per semester

Each concentration offers a variety of job opportunities. For example, a Communication concentration can prepare you for work in public relations or the media. A Computer Information Systems concentration can provide computer-related skills for employment in that field. A Legal Assistance and Administration concentration can give you the background needed to advance as a legal assistant. The Psychology concentration can offer you knowledge needed for a position in the human services field.

In addition, a BAAS degree can help you to qualify to teach in a vocational or technical area at a community or technical college. Finally it can provide you with a foundation for continuing on with graduate studies.


You are eligible for the degree if you've done one of the following:

  1. Received an Applied Arts and Sciences degree (at least 24 semester hours of vocational or technical credit)  from an accredited community or technical college, OR
  2. Earned at least 24 semester hours of vocational or technical credit at an accredited community or technical college.

You can use between 24 and 44 semester hours of vocational or technical credit toward a bachelor's degree. For example, if you have an associate degree in Office Systems Technology or Respiratory Therapy or some other technical program, most of the hours in that program will transfer to the BAAS.

STEM ERA Scholarship Application

Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education in a Rural Area (ERA)

A National Science Foundation grant recently received by the University of Houston-Victoria has a goal of helping students majoring in mathematics and computer science. The grant provides $7,750 scholarships annually to 15 talented, low-income rural students with demonstrated financial need over a five-year period. The term “rural” for the purposes of this grant applies to VISD as well as smaller districts more traditionally considered rural. The project is led by Dr. Yun Wan, associate professor of computer science and chair of the STEM division, Dr. Beverly Tomek, associate professor of history and associate provost of university college and Dr. Joann Olson, associate professor of adult and higher education.

Beginning fall 2018, scholarships will be awarded to students. The following academic year, a new building will become available to the students. UHV anticipates its new 63,000-square-foot STEM building to be finished by August 2019. The building will be located on campus in front of University Center and will include lab space for biology, physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, computer science, microbiology, computer engineering and mathematics. It also will feature classrooms, faculty and staff offices, an immersive 210-degree screen lab, a seminar room and gathering spaces. Thanks to this expansion, UHV will have the ability to add additional programs, such as engineering, in the future.

Students can complete the STEM ERA Scholarship Application online, and for more information about the grant or how to apply for scholarships, email or call Dr. Tomek directly at (361) 570-4145.

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Request information or call us at (361) 570-4848 to get started.

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