The AAS degree in applied arts and sciences offers students the opportunity to create an individualized undergraduate major. The degree requires students to complete at least 60 credit hours of course work comprising 24 credit hours in general education along with 36 credit hours in one or two professional concentrations. Each concentration is customized by the student with guidance and advice from their academic adviser. A professional concentration is at least 20 credit hours and can be designed from most of RIT's majors.
The applied arts and science degree may be completed on campus, online, or by combining on-campus and online course work.
The following chart represents a sample of a typical course sequence for two concentrations in management and economics. Students will work with an adviser to craft a personal pan of study based on their chosen concentration areas.
Applied arts and science, AAS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|BIOG-101||LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): Exploration in Cellular Biology and Evolution||3|
|ECON-101||LAS Perspective 4 (social): Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|STAT-145||Introdcution to Statistics I||3|
|ARTH-135||LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval||3|
|MGMT-310||Leadership in Organizations||3|
|CMDS-101||Individualized Study Seminar||1|
|First Year Writing Intensive||3|
|ECON-201||LAS Perspective 3 (global): Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|MKTG-230||Principles of Marketing||3|
|INTB-225||Global Business Environment||3|
|ECON-410||Game Theory with Economic Applications||3|
|ECON-405||International Trade and FInance||3|
|ECON-406||Global Economic Issues||3|
|Professional Core Elective||2|
|LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||60|
Please see General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.
This degree offers students the opportunity to create individualized undergraduate programs of technical and professional study. Applicants should speak directly to an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
This program offers students the opportunity to create individualized undergraduate programs of technical and professional study through its applied arts and science program. The applied arts and science program is particularly appropriate for individuals who have prior college-level learning, are interested in changing majors, have unique ideas about how they want to design their academic areas of study, or want to prepare themselves for a career that requires skills and expertise from several disciplines. Applicants should speak directly to an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
The applied arts and science program offers students the opportunity to create individualized undergraduate programs of technical and professional study through three levels of study: a bachelor of science degree, an associate of applied science degree, and a diploma. Further information for all three levels can be found under the applied arts and science BS program.