Applied Science

If you've graduated or you're about to graduate with an Associates Degree in a technical or vocational area, our Bachelor of Applied Science Degree is your natural next step to advance in your current career, receive a promotion, improve and expand your business, or simply broaden your outlook on the world.

Degree Offered: BS
Offered in Augusta, Bangor, at sites statewide and online

Applied Science

UMA's Applied Science program is designed for graduates with their Associate Degree to move on to receive their Bachelors. If you're one of those people, you might be surprised how close you are to a Bachelors Degree. For example, UMA has established a partnership agreement with the Maine Community Colleges System (MCCS), so that most MCCS graduates are more than half way to earning our Bachelor's of Applied Science.

In our program, you'll focus on a specific knowledge area by choosing a minor in one of the following areas: Accounting, Addiction Studies, Art, Behavioral Sciences, Business Administration, Early Childhood Services, English, Financial Services, Geriatric Human Services, Justice Studies, Mathematics, Photography, Political Science, Small Business Management, and Women's Studies.

Along with your program focus, we'll also broaden your liberal arts background with courses in English, communications, social and natural science, humanities, fine arts, and mathematics. When you graduate with your BAS Degree, you'll be equipped with:

  • a well-rounded understanding of the major functional areas of your chosen minor
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • strong analytic and critical thinking skills and the ability to:
    • utilize current technology
    • understand ethical decision models
    • conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis of problems
    • form opinions based on analysis
    • support conclusions with evidence


Program Content:

It is anticipated that the MCCS's Associate of Applied Science graduate will transfer approximately 60 credits, including 19-21 credits of general education requirements and a maximum of 39-41 credits of technical/trade courses. The 39-41 technical/trade credits would constitute the Applied Science Major without being named in the degree.

The general education/core courses from the MCCS will, in most instances, include: college writing, speech or technical writing, social science, lab science, mathematics, and humanities. UMA's 37 credit hour baccalaureate core and general education requirement would need to be met in order to earn the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. This requirement consists of:


  • Written Communication (6 credits) -- ENG101 and 3 credits from ENG102W, 111W, or 117W

  • Writing Intensive Course (3 credits)

  • Oral Communication (3 credits)

  • Mathematics (3 credits) -- MAT100 or higher


  • Fine Arts & Humanities (9 credits) including 3 credits from fine arts and 3 credits from humanities

  • Mathematics, Natural, and Computer Sciences (10 credits) including a natural science with a laboratory

  • Social Sciences (6 credits)

* All core and general education courses will address issues of diversity. The student would need to declare a minor which is identified as at least 18 credit hours. Finally, a minimum of 30 credits of the required 121 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level and a minimum of 6 of those credits must be in the minor. BAS majors will be assigned faculty academic advisors based upon their selected minor.


Required and/or Elective Courses:

The general education component of the BAS will consist of:

College Writing 3 credits
Introduction to Literature, Journalism, or Technical Writing 3 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Communications 3 credits
Foreign or American Sign Language 6 credits
History 6 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Natural Science 3-4 credits
Computer Science 3 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
TOTAL 42-43 credits


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