Lamar-Port Arthur College

Lamar-Port Arthur College & SHSU



Students who have majored in a career and technology / vocational / technical program at a community college, college, junior college or an accredited technical school and decide to seek a baccalaureate degree at SHSU may review the requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. To be eligible for the BAAS degree program a student must have completed and received an AAS degree in a technical area and at least 36 hours of coursework must be in the technical area. Approved AAS degree programs include (but are not limited to):

Accounting, Agricultural Mechanization, Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, Child Development & Family Studies, Computer Graphic Arts Technology, Computer Information Technology, Cosmetology, Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Early Childhood Development, Emergency Medical Services Professions, Engineering Technology, General Business Administration, Geographical Information Systems, Health Information Technology, Human Services, HVAC & R Technology, Interactive Media, Interior Design Technology, Interpreter Training Technology, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paralegal Studies, Physical Therapist Assistant, Professional Office Technology, Respiratory Care, Veterinary Technology, Welding Technology.

Degree: BAAS Major: AAS Minor: (Individualized)

01. Component Area I (Communication)

b. Remaining requirements in area:
01 ENGL 1301 (ENG 164)
02 ENGL 1302 (ENG 165)

02. Component Area II (Mathematics)

b. Remaining requirements in area:
01 Select 3 hours - MATH 1332 (MTH 164) OR MATH 2312 (MTH 170) OR MATH 2413 (MTH 142) OR MATH 1316 (MTH 163) OR MATH 1324 (MTH 199) OR [MATH 1350 (MTH184) AND 1351 (MTH185) both are required]

03. Component Area III (Natural Sciences)

b. Remaining requirements in area:
01 Select 8 hours - Two courses with labs are required.

BIOL 1308/1108 (BIO 134/114), BIOL 1311/1111 (BIO 161/111), BIOL 1313/1113 (BIO 162/112), BIOL 23062106 (BIO 137/117)

CHEM1305/1105 (CHM 135/115), CHEM 1307/1107 (CHM 136/116), CHEM 1311/1111 (CHM 138/118), CHEM1312/ 1112 (CHM 139/119)

GEOL 1304/1104 (GEL 134/114), GEOL 1301/LAB (GEO 131/111), GEOL 1303/1103 (GEL133/113)

PHYS 1311/1111 (PHY 133/113), PHYS 1305/1105 (PHY 135/115), PHYS 1307/1107 (PHY 136/116) , PHY 138/118, PHY 139/119, PHY 141

04. Component Area IV

b. Remaining requirements in area:
01 Select 3 hours form courses:

AGRI 2399 (AGR 299), ARTS 1301 (ART 160), ARTS13 11 (ART 161), ARTS 1316 (ART 163), ARTS 1303 (ART 260), MUSI 1301 (MUS 161), MUSI 2364 (MUS 264), MUSI 1306 (MUS 265), THEA 1330 (THR 160), THEA 1364 (THR 164), THEA 1366 (THR 166), THEA 2330 (THR 230), THEA 2336 (THR 231), DNC 131, DANC 1301 (DNC 176)

02 Select 3 hours from courses:

ENGL 2331 (ENG 265), ENG 267, ENGL 2342 (ENG 266), PHIL 2361 (PHL 261), PHIL 2306 (PHL 263)

03 Select 3 hours from courses:

BESL 2301 (BSL 236), FRN 263, FRN 264, GER 263, GER 264 SPN 263, SPN 264, SOCI 2319 (SOC 168)

05. Component Area V

b. Remaining requirements in area:
01 HIST 1301 (HIS 163)
02 HIST 1302 (HIS 164)
03 POLS 2301 (POL 261)
04 POLS 2302 (POL 285)
05 Select 3 hours from courses:

AGRI 2360 (AGR 236), ECON 2300 (ECO 230), ECON 2302 (ECO 233), ECON 2301 (ECO 234), GEOG 1321 (GEO 161), SOC 261, SOIC 1306 (SOC 264), PHL 261,
PSY 131, PSY 289

06. Component Area VI

b. Remaining requirements in area:
01 KINE 2115 (KIN 215)
02 Select 1 course from:

CS 133, CS 138, CS 143 or any higher-level CS course
LS 130, GBA 180





This is the AAS degree : Most AAS degrees are acceptable Contact the BAAS Program Coordinator for clarification.


The AAS must have at least 36 hours of "Technical" coursework!


6 hours of Internship Experience.  Contact the BAAS Program Coordinator for clarification.  If an internship experience was required for AAS Degree this may be waived


A minor of at least 18 hours is required. BAAS students must select a minor. The most popular minors are those in Psychology, Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Business, Industrial Technology, Horticulture, Management Information Systems, General Business Administration, Marketing, Management and Computer Sciences. Many others are available. The advanced classes taken in the minor also count as advanced classes to reach the 42 hours of required advanced courses.


Electives are selected as needed to meet the university requirement of at least 42 hours of advanced electives and to reach 128 hours total. These electives are individualized to meet student needs and should be pre-approved by the advisor.

Students must also complete 42 advanced hours and 128 hours total.

Other requirements may also be involved - SEE ADVISOR

Follow these steps to enter the program.

  1. Contact Dr. Ullrich for advisement.
  2. Submit ALL transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions. [The transcript must show the title of the AAS degree program completed.]
  3. When the letter of acceptance is received contact Dr. Ullrich for advisement and to file a degree plan.

For more information contact BAAS Program Coordinator:
Dr. Doug Ullrich at 936.294.1215 or 936.294.1188 or

Students may transfer to SHSU at any time as long as they meet SHSU's admission requirements. Students close to completing the requirements for the associate degree are encouraged to consider the potential advantages of completing the associate degree. One way to accomplish this is to transfer courses taken at SHSU back to the community college to complete degree requirements. Properly selected courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements at both institutions simultaneously. The applicant is encouraged to speak to an academic advisor familiar with the programs of all institutions involved to maximize the amount of transferable credit.

Sample Transfer Hour Calculation:
All transfer credit hours for the BAAS are determined by a BAAS transfer guidance counselor at SHSU. Please use the following as a guide. Assume a student has completed the BAAS consisting of 60 hours with 50 hours in the technical specialty and 10 hours in general core courses. SHSU will transfer the 36-48 hours of technical courses, i.e., the major at SHSU. The remaining 10 hours in the general core will also transfer for a total of 46-58 hours towards the BAAS. If desired, a student may complete an additional 20 hours (66-46 = 20) of core courses at the community college for a total transfer of a maximum of 66 academic credits to SHSU towards the BAAS degree. SHSU transfers a maximum of 66 hours in course work, excluding Kinesiology, towards degree programs from junior colleges, community colleges, and technical colleges.