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Applied Studies             College of Business Administration and                     Public Policy                     

Bachelor of Science



Alex Burckin, Program Coordinator


Gary Levine

Program Office:  SBS B-232,  (310) 243-3583, (310) 243-3649, (310) 243-3640


Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies is a specially designed degree program that in particular meets the needs of community college students who have earned associate degrees in technical fields for which there is no apparent bachelors degree program into which they may readily transfer and pursue upper division work.  While its basic structure is well defined, the Applied Studies major will permit students to meet specific requirements by encouraging them to choose from a broad variety of courses.


Academic Advisement

 This program is dependent upon close and careful advising. 
The development and maintenance of close advising relationships between students and faculty is the key factor in assuring that the Applied Studies program meets the needs of the students that it was designed to serve.  Students should contact the Program Coordinator in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies for a pre-application advising appointment.

Once admitted, a student’s continuation in the program will be dependent upon maintaining the standards set in the university catalog, including satisfactory progress toward the educational objective and maintenance of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.  Prerequisite requirements for courses in the major will be minimal.  Through careful advising, students will be made aware of course prerequisites where they exist.



The primary criterion for admission to the Applied Studies major program is possession of a (minimum 56 semester unit) technical Associate of  Science degree from an accredited community college, or the equivalent.  An applicant who does not already possess this degree will be counseled to return to a conveniently-located community college to complete his/her associate degree program.  The university will work closely with community colleges throughout the region to ensure that potential Applied Studies majors who are referred to community colleges for completion of their associate degree requirements are appropriately counseled to facilitate their transition to upper division status.  Work experience, while highly desirable, is not specifically required for admission to the Applied Studies degree program.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in  Applied Studies provided he or she meets the following criteria:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU
Dominguez Hills;

2.   A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty in the department or program in which the honors are to be awarded.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies

Single Field Major - no minor required

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies will consist of  a minimum of 120 Semester units, based on the assumption that the majority of applicants will have completed a 56 unit Associate of Science degree.  The major will consist of 39 semester units in liberal arts and management disciplines (B.,C., and D. below).  The structure of the program is:

A.      Associate of Science degree from an accredited community college, or the equivalent.

B.      18 unit upper division liberal arts component, including
9 unit upper division general education integrative studies requirement

C.      18 unit upper division management component

D.      3 unit capstone Seminar in Occupational Leadership

E.  Electives, at least 3 units of which are upper division,
to balance to a total of a minimum of 120

Each element of the program’s structure is discussed briefly below.

A.  Associate of Science Degree

Most potential students will come with a technical associate
of science degree program or the equivalent completed.  Those
who do not will be advised to return to a community college
to complete such a program or the equivalent.  They will be advised to pursue as much of the lower division general education breadth requirements as possible.

Up to 18 units of lower division technical course work may be integrated as a part of the degree program.  Depending on their lower division majors and the requirements for associates degrees of different community colleges, some students may also be required to pursue additional lower division course work beyond 56 units.  Thus, an applicant will need to have completed a minimum of 38 units of regularly transferable course work at the lower division level.

B.  Liberal Arts Component (18 units)

The first component of the major will be in the liberal arts, drawn from the curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences.  It will consist of 18 upper division semester units, including the 9 unit upper division integrative studies requirements.  The courses which meet this requirement are:

1.  Integrative Studies in the Humanities

HUM 310.      Key Concepts (3)

HUM 312.      Key Movements (3)

HUM 314.      Key Issues (3)

2.   Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences

SMT 310.       Science and Technology (3)

SMT 312.       Natural Processes and Human Welfare (3)

SMT 314.       Introduction to Cosmology (3)

SMT 416.       Earth Sciences for Teachers (3)

3.   Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences

SBS 316.         Social Change (3)

SBS 318.         Cultural Pluralism (3)

Students will be required to take one course from each category.  Beyond the upper division general studies requirements, students will be advised to take at least three units each in humanities and social sciences disciplines.  Depending upon interest or occupational need, the final three units may be in science, humanities, or social science.

C.  Management Component (18 units)

The second component of the major will be drawn from the curriculum of the School of Management.  It will consist of 18 units of upper division management courses.  The courses which meet this requirement are:

CIS 370.        Information Systems Theory and Practice (3)

FIN 360.       Business Finance (3)

MGT 310.     Management Theory (3)

MGT 312.     Organizational Behavior (3)

MGT 313.     Human Resource Management (3)

MGT 316.     Labor and Industrial Relations (3)

MKT 350.    Principles of Marketing (3)

LAW 340.    Law of Business Organizations (3)

QMS 322.     Production Management (3)

Courses may focus on private or public sector concerns, depending on student need. With the approval of an advisor, students may select appropriate courses from the School of Management which meet their particular occupational requirements or goals.

D.  Capstone Course (3 units)

APS 490.      Seminar in Occupational Leadership (3)

E.   Electives (15 units)

At least 3 units of which are upper division, to balance to a total of 120.

These units should be taken with close advisement and integrated to the extent possible to fit each student’s area of occupational competency or interest or intellectual interest.  They may be also used to complete general education requirements if needed.

Elective courses will be selected from the regular university curriculum in consultation with the student's advisor.  Elective courses will be chosen primarily to meet three academic objectives.  First, attention will be given to selecting courses that meet graduation requirements, such as would be the need of those students whose lower division programs are deficient in general education certification.  Second, elective choices will be directed toward courses that relate to students' occupational and career development objectives.  Third, students will be encouraged also to pursue intellectual enrichment in their choice of elective units.

Students are advised to complete the maximum allowable amount of transferable lower division work (70 semester units) at a community college.

It is assumed that in most cases, students may take an additional 14 units beyond the 56 that they have earned in completing the associate degree.  In consultation with a CSU Dominguez Hills advisor, these units should be used to complete general education breadth requirements.

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  Departments may indicate the term in which they expect to offer the course by the use of:  “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” (every other year).


Upper Division

APS 300    Ethos of the Liberal Arts and the Role of Work (3)

Examines the relationship between liberal arts and sciences education and the competencies required to function effectively in social and occupational settings.  Readings and assignments emphasize integration and application of skills, knowledge, perspectives, and values acquired through liberal arts and sciences.

APS 490    Seminar in Occupational Leadership (3).

Prerequisites:  Senior Standing.

Required of all applied studies majors.  Interdisciplinary analysis of leadership in selected occupational areas.  Creation and presentation of student portfolios demonstrating occupational accomplishment.  Three hours of seminar per week.