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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

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​​Most Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) students are practitioners with established careers in criminal justice agencies who seek to advance in their careers with degrees in higher education.

The UHD Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program provides students with a path to a fully accredited bachelor's degree, especially if they have previously completed course work for technical, applied or military credit, a criminal justice-related technical or applied degree from a community or technical college, and/or a desire to develop multiple areas of expertise.

The BAAS degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. A minimum of 18 hours must reflect approved upper-level courses. The final 30 semester credit hours must be taken at UHD.

Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 24 upper-level criminal justice hours earned at UHD, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all major upper-level hours, and keep an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 for graduation.​

​The BA​​​AS CJ Degree Plan

The BAAS degree plan should be strongly considered by students who come to UHD after having completed: 1) the Basic Peace Officer Certification (BPOC) or other advanced peace officer certifications; 2) military credits that can be applied to a degree program; and 3) an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at a community college. Each of these are further described below. 

1.Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer Certificate (BPOC) and other advanced certifications for up to 36 credit hours toward the degree. Of these 36, 24 credits are awarded for completion of the BPOC. Four credit hours will be awarded for each of the Intermediate Peace Officer Certificate (IPOC),  Advanced Peace Officer Certificate (APOC), and the Master Peace Officer Certificate (MPOC).

​Texas Law Enforcement Certification Earned​Amount of Credit Awarded (in hours)
​Basic Peace Officer Certification (BPOC)​24
​Intermediate Peace Officer Certification (IPOC)​4
​Advanced Peace Officer Certification (APOC)​4
​Master Peace Officer Certification (MPOC)​4


2. ACE: Military credit. UHD may award military credit for a student's military service and training as the college and department considers appropriate in fulfilling degree requirements. The ACE form should be completed by students with veteran status after consultation with the academic advisor of their major. 

3. Associate of Applied Science degree. The AAS degree completed at a community college awards 60 hours of credit. Thirty-six of these hours will transfer and count toward the BAAS CJ degree plan in the technical credit block. The remaining 24 hours may transfer into UHD, but may or may not count as credit toward the BAAS CJ degree plan. A student interested in BAAS CJ may request an unofficial review of his or her undergraduate transcript prior to admission to obtain a clearer understanding of what hours will transfer in and count toward the BAAS CJ degree plan. Request an unofficial review of a transcript.


Today's criminal justice challenges are diverse, complicated issues that require educated and unique resolutions. Potential employers are as varied as the issues and include governmental agencies on a local, state and national level, law enforcement, law, corrections, victim services, academia, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. For more information about careers in criminal justice, please contact Dr. Gilmore, Director of Criminal Justice Career Services. 

Criminal Justice A​dvising

A Criminal Justice student gets advised in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work Suite C-440 when the student meets one of the following criteria:
  • a transfer student with 45 hours or more of credit toward the degree plan who seeks advising for the second semester (including summer) and onward; or 
  • a student who started his/her academic career at UHD and who has earned 45 credit hours or more toward the degree. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the College of Public Service Advising Center at 713-221-8906.

​The following four year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016 - 2017 academic catalog. We recommend that you meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop your own plan.​


Last updated 9/9/2021 11:53 AM