B.A.S. is a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a bachelor degree specifically designed to build on associate degrees that provide workplace skills, known as career training or non-transfer associate degrees (A.A.S. and A.A.S.-T degrees).
Traditionally, students who have taken career training degrees were going into the workplace, not expecting to transfer to another college or university. If those students later decide they do want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, many find that very few of the credits from their degree count toward the requirements of the traditional bachelor’s degree.
By contrast, B.A.S. degrees build on that practical career training degree and provide a path to the baccalaureate level without requiring the student to earn another two-year degree.
B.A.S. degrees are also considered career training degrees. They incorporate more applied, hands-on learning than a traditional bachelor’s degree. They tend to be more focused on a particular industry or trade, while a traditional bachelor’s degree requires classes from many disciplines.