Applied Studies

College of Business Administration and Public Policy      


Bachelor of Science



Betty Vu, Assistant Dean

Program Office: SBS A-326A

Khadija Cooper, APS Admission Advisor

Admission Advising: (310) 243-2870

George Abraham, APS Advisor

Ineki Fike, APS Advisor

Schedule an advising appointment: or request registration issues at


Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies is a specially designed degree program that 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 coursework. This program emphasizes the practical applications of academic subjects in real world situations. It enables students with technical or vocational associate degrees to obtain bachelors degrees with advanced coursework related to the associate degrees and prepares them for leadership roles in their professions.

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 Advisor 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

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Students completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.

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 60 unit Associate of Science (or equivalent) degree. The major will consist of 33 semester units in liberal arts and applied component (B.,C., and D. below). All courses require a "C" or better grade to complete the major. The structure of the program is:

  1. Associate of Science degree from an accredited community college, or the equivalent.
  2. Upper Division Liberal Arts component (9 units)
  3. Transition to Applied Studies (3 units)
  4. Applied component (18 units)
  5. Seminar in Occupational Leadership (3 units)
  6. After completing the requirements for a minor, to reach a total of 120 units, additional elective units to be taken of which at least 3 units are upper division.

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

A.  Associate of Science or Equivalent Degree

Most potential students will come with a technical associate of science degree 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 from different community colleges, some students may also be required to pursue additional lower division course work beyond 60 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 (9 units)

Select three courses from the following*:

ANT 335. Comparative Cultures (3)

ENG 352. Writing and Speaking Skills for Management (3)

HIS 301. Individual, Family, and Community in Historic Perspective (3)

HIS 348. Labor in American Society (3)

THE 320. Speech Skills and Techniques (3)


C. Transition to Applied Studies (3 units):

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


D. Applied Component (18 units):

Choose six of the following courses*.

LBR 411. Contracts and Negotiations (3)

LBR 412. Labor Law (3)

MGT 310. Management Theory (3)

MGT 312. Organizational Behavior (3)

MGT 313. Human Resource Management (3)

MKT 350. Principles of Marketing (3)

PUB 302. Administration of Financial Resources (3)

PUB 303. Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSY 372. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)

SOC 315. Sociology of Work (3)


E.  Capstone Seminar (3 units):

APS 490. Seminar in Occupational Leadership (3)


F.  Electives

After completing the requirements for a minor, to reach a total of 120 units, additional elective units to be taken of which at least 3 units are upper division.

     *In case of course unavailability or time conflicts, consult the advisor for substitution approval.

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

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: APS 300, satisfaction of GWAR and 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.

APS 494          Independent Study in Applied Studies (1-3).

Prerequisites: Consent of the program director

Independent research or in-depth study of a topic relevant to the program under the direction of a full-time faculty member of the Applied Studies Program. Students may incorporate prior learning as part of completion of this course. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course

APS 495          Special Topics in Applied Studies (3).

Advanced seminar on a topic of current interest to the discipline of Applied Studies.  CR/NC grading. Repeatable course

APS 496          Internship in Applied Studies (1-3).

Under the direction of the program director, students work in organizations applying skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course.