Bachelor of Applied Sciences

General Degree Requirements

Except for the BAS in Dental Hygiene, in addition to completing a two year degree ( AA, AFA, AAS, AAT, AAS-T, AST1, AST2) students must also:

Complete all of the major or distribution area requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of one hundred and eighty (180) college-level credits
  • Minimum of sixty (60) upper division (300 or 400 level) credits
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher
  • Thirty (30) credits minimum must be completed at Clark College to meet Academic Residency.

General Degree Credit Restrictions

  • Course Challenge: Students may use credits earned from successful course challenges toward their degree or certificate, but the credits will not meet the academic residency requirements.
  • Standardized Tests: Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB):  A maximum of sixty (60) credits from AP, IB, or a combination of both, can be applied to a degree.
  • Pass/Fail Grading Option: Sixty (60) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option can apply toward the degree.
  • Tech Prep/Direct Credit:  Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses that are part of a professional program and fall into the restricted area in the DTA degree are limited to 15 credits. If Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses apply to a professional technical degree or certificate there is no limit to the number of credits that can be applied.
  • Special Projects: No more than fifteen (15) credits in Special Projects will be allowed toward the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree.

General Information on the Transfer of Grades

The grades assigned in transferable courses by the sending institution shall not be altered by the receiving institution.  They also are not used in calculating students' Clark grade point average (GPA).  Courses completed with a grade of "D" or above may be accepted in transfer.  A grade of "D-" may not apply toward a completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science at Clark College.  Nontraditional grading practices require special handling, depending on the nature and circumstances of the program from which and to which a students is transferring, but receiving institutions shall take steps to assure all students equitable treatment.

General BAS Degree Requirements

  1. Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0, as calculated by the degree awarding institution.  Please refer to specific program for additional GPA requirements.
  2. The general education courses will include courses earned at either/both the associate degree and/or applied bachelor's degree level, based on the total required 180 term hours of credit.

Basic Requirements

Communication Skills

(10 credits)

Must include at least two communication courses to include a minimum of one English composition course; e.g. ENGL&101.  Remaining credits may be an additional composition course or designated writing-intensive courses or courses in basic speaking skills (e.g. speech, rhetoric, or debate).

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills

(5 credits)

  • Five (5) credits of college level mathematics (a course with a Mathematics prefix numbered 100 or above) that furnishes the quantitative skills required in the commonly recognized educational transfer pathways toward a baccalaureate degree. Accepted courses in these pathways are: Pre-calculus or higher, Mathematics for Elementary Education, Business Pre-calculus/Finite Mathematics, Statistics, and Math in Society;

- or -

  • Five (5) credits of a symbolic logic course that focuses on (a) sentence logic with proofs and (b) predicate logic with quantifiers and proofs and/or Aristotelian logic with Venn Diagrams.

Distribution Requirements


(10 credits)

A maximum of five (5) credits of List B (performance) Humanities coursework can be applied. A maximum of five (5) credits of 100-level world language can be applied.

Social Science

(10 credits)

Natural Sciences

(10 credits)

At least five (5) credits in physical, biological and/or earth sciences.  Shall include at least one laboratory course.

Additional General Education Courses

(15 credits)

Remaining general education courses needed to achieve the required 60 credits shall be selected from the Basic and Distribution Requirements listed above.

300 and 400 Level General Education Courses

In addition to 100/200 level courses, colleges may elect to develop 300/400 level general education courses that best suit the curriculum needed of the baccalaureate degree.  These courses must be selected from the Basic and Distribution Requirements listed above.  Students who are enrolled in a combination of upper and lower division courses will be charged for all upper and lower credits based on the upper division tuition schedule.

Refer to the specific degree requirements for further information.