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Applied Arts and Sciences AAS degree

School of Individualized Study

Program overview

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.
First Year
MATH-101 College Algebra 3
BIOG-101 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): Exploration in Cellular Biology and Evolution 3
ACCT-110 FInancial Accounting 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
  LAS Elective 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ECON-201 LAS Perspective 3 (global): Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKTG-230 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT-215 Organizational Behavior 3
INTB-225 Global Business Environment 3
ECON-410 Game Theory with Economic Applications 3
ACCT-210 Management Accounting 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.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

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.