Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is an upper- level undergraduate degree that is designed for students to continue their higher education after completing an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree. Lake-Sumter State College currently offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Strategic Leadership (BAS-SL).

Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Applied Science in Strategic Leadership

  • Completion of an Associate in Arts (A.A.) from a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, including a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of LSSC's current General Education core requirements from a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • Students who have completed equivalent coursework from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 60 transferable semester credit hours, including 18 semester credit hours of LSSC's current General Education core requirements, will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but may require additional coursework prior to acceptance into a baccalaureate degree program.
  • Completion of all developmental (college preparatory) coursework as required by placement testing.
  • Eligibility for Gordon Rule mathematics courses through placement testing or the successful completion of required prerequisite coursework.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all post-secondary coursework.

Note: Courses transferred from other institutions must be formally evaluated for currency and equivalency credit.

  • Related upper-division (3000-4000 level) coursework and supporting documentation must be reviewed for consideration of meeting program requirements and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The student is responsible for providing course descriptions and any additional supporting documentation requested in order to make this determination. All course substitutions must be approved in writing by the Dean of Workforce Programs.
  • For coursework taken at post-secondary institutions outside the United States, see Evaluating Coursework from International Institutions in this catalog.

Application Process

  1. Visit for program information or contact the Advising Office at 352-435-5034 to make an appointment to discuss your eligibility for the BAS in Strategic Leadership program.
  2. If all Admissions Requirements are met, submit the LSSC Admission Application by the posted deadline with all of the following:
    • designated application fee
    • official high school transcript or GED scores, sent directly to the LSSC Admissions and Records Office
    • official transcripts from all previously attended post- secondary institutions, sent directly to the LSSC Admissions and Records Office,
    • the Florida Residency Affidavit and required documentation.
  3. Once all transcripts have been received and evaluated, students receive written notification of acceptance status from the Admissions and Records Office, along with information regarding the next steps in the enrollment process.

Enrollment Requirements for Upper-Division Courses in Strategic Leadership

Upon notification of acceptance into the degree program and prior to beginning any upper-division courses, students are required to:

  • Meet with the BAS academic advisor to determine needed coursework to complete the specific bachelor’s degree.
  • Enroll in the program’s Cornerstone course in the first semester of the program. For the BAS in Strategic Leadership, the Cornerstone course is MAN 3240, Organizational Behavior.

All upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses have prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses. It is the student’s responsibility to work with the BAS academic advisor every semester, prior to registration, to assure proper course planning throughout the program of study and timely completion of all graduation requirements.

Graduation Requirements for BAS in Strategic Leadership

Completion of all program requirements, including a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, comprised of:

  • 36 semester credit hours as designated in the LSSC General Education requirements. (Students who enter the baccalaureate program with a completed AA or baccalaureate degree or with official transcripts documenting “General Education Requirements Met” from a Florida College System or State University System institution shall be considered to have satisfied LSSC’s General Education requirements.)
  • 36 semester credit hours of transferable associate degree electives, technical, and professional support coursework. At least 12 of these semester credit hours must be designated as approved Professional Support Courses with a grade of C or higher.
  • 48 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework in the major.
  • Completion of all upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses with a grade of C or higher.
  • Fulfill the Florida Foreign Language Competence requirement for bachelor’s degrees, even if this requires the student to exceed 120 total semester credit hours. Students may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing one of the following options:
    1. Two sequential high school credits in one language.
    2. Two sequential college-credit courses in a foreign language or American Sign Language.
    3. Minimum designated College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores in Spanish, French, or German.
    4. Completion of a college degree or equivalent, or high school diploma from a foreign country where English courses were studied as a foreign language. This must be stated on the official evaluated transcript. See additional information in Coursework from International Institutions.
  • Minimum of 25 percent of the total semester credit hours counted toward the baccalaureate degree must be earned from LSSC (at least 30 of the total 120 semester credit hours).
  • Minimum of 15 upper-division (3000-4000 level) semester credit hours, including the Capstone course, must be earned from LSSC.
  • Overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0, including all upper- and lower-division LSSC college-credit coursework and all transferred coursework.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College before the degree will be awarded and before a diploma or transcript will be released.