What is degree in three?
A degree in three is a representation of the 120 credit hour degree program as a three year pathway alternative for students. This option allows you to see how you can complete your degree in an accelerated time period.
What are the benefits of a degree in three?
By decreasing your time to graduation, you will incur less cost and be ready to start your career. Students who participate in degree in three programs are retained at a higher rate and graduate faster.
Is the degree in three for you?
If you have 30 or more credit hours, either through dual credit/AP as first time in college students or as transfer students with community college or university credit hours, you may be eligible for the degree in three.
Contact your academic advisor if you have specific questions.
Select from the list below (click college to find your specific program).
- Human Development and Family Science (BS)
- Kinesiology (BS)
- Health Promotion (BS)
- Recreation, Event and Sport Management (BS)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
- Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Supplemental Certification
- Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental Certification
- Core Subjects EC-6 with Special Education EC-12 Certification
- Grades 4-8 English Language Arts & Reading with ESL Supplemental Certification
- Grades 4-8 Mathematics with ESL Supplemental Certification
- Grades 4-8 Science with ESL Supplemental Certification
- Grades 4-8 Social Studies with ESL Supplemental Certification
- *University Core Options
- Biomedical Engineering (BS)
- Computer Engineering (BS)
- Computer Science (BS)
- Cybersecurity (BS)
- Information Technology (BA)
- Electrical Engineering (BS)
- Construction Engineering Technology (BSET)
- Mechanical Engineering Technology (BSET)
- Materials Science & Engineering (BS)
- Mechanical & Energy Engineering (BS)
- Advertising (BA)
- Anthropology (BA)
- Broadcast and Digital Journalism (BA)
- Communications Studies (BA)
- Communication Studies secondary teacher certification (BA)
- Dance (BA)
- Dance (teacher certification) (BA)
- Digital and Print Journalism (BA)
- Economics (BA and BS)
- English with concentration in Creative Writing, Literature, or Writing/Rhetoric (BA)
- English with concentration in English LA with 7-12 Teaching Certification (BA)
- French (BA)
- French teacher certification (BA)
- German (BA)
- German teacher certification (BA)
- Geography (BA and BS)
- History (BA)
- History teacher certification (BA)
- Integrative Studies (BA and BS)
- International Studies with concentration in International Security and Diplomacy (BA)
- International Studies with concentration in Peace Studies (BA)
- International Studies with concentration in Regional Studies (BA)
- International Studies with concentration in International Business and Economics (BA)
- International Studies with concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Affairs (BA)
- Japanese (BA)
- Latino Culture, Economy & Policy (BA)
- Converged Broadcast Media (BA)
- Media Arts (BA)
- News Photojournalism (BA)
- Philosophy (BA)
- Public Relations (BA)
- Religion Studies (BA)
- Political Science (BA)
- Psychology (BA and BS)
- Social Science (BA)
- Social Science Secondary Education Teacher Certification (BA)
- Sociology (BA and BS)
- Spanish (BA)
- Spanish Teacher Certification (BA)
- Teacher Certification (BA)
- Theatre (BA)
- Theatre with a concentration in Performance (BA)
- Theatre with a concentration in Design Tech (BA)
- Theatre (all level Teacher Certification) (BA)
- Professional and Technical Communication (BA)
- Professional and Technical Communication (BS)
- Biochemistry (BA)
- Biochemistry (BS)
- Biology (BA)
- Biology (BS)
- Ecology (BS)
- Medical Laboratory Sciences (BS)
- Chemistry (BA)
- Chemistry (BS)
- Mathematics (BA with certification)
- Mathematics (BA without certification)
- Mathematics (BS with certification - Foreign Language)
- Mathematics (BS without certification - Foreign Language)
- Mathematics (BS with certification - Technical Writing)
- Mathematics (BS without certification - Technical Writing)
- Physics (BA)
- Art Education (BFA)
- Art History (BA)
- Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (BA)
- Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies with concentration in Design Management (BA)
- Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies with concentration in Arts Management (BA)
- Visual Art Studies (BFA)
- Studio Art with concentration in Ceramics (BFA)
- Studio Art with concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry (BFA)
- Studio Art with concentration in Printmaking (BFA)
- Studio Art with concentration in Drawing and Painting (BFA)
- Studio Art with concentration in New Media Art (BFA)
- Studio Art with concentrating in Sculpture (BFA)
- Studio Art concentration in Photography (BFA)
The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) Degree is offered via New College at UNT. This degree program is highly individualized, with each student working directly with an advisor to build upon prior credits in creating a degree program. The advisor will help with student to maximize the academic credits transferred and to prepare for future educational and career goals.
The B.A.A.S. degree consists of 120 total credit hours, of which at least 36 must be upper level (3000 or 4000 numbered) and at least 30 completed at UNT. The program offers many online courses as well courses taught in Denton, in Frisco, and at the Collin Higher Education Center. A limited version of the degree is offered fully online via Coursera. See https://www.coursera.org/degrees/unt-online-bachelor-completion? for more information.
Working with the advisor, students use a combination of transfer credits, military credits, and UNT courses to complete the following components of the B.A.A.S. degree:
University core curriculum (42 credit hours)
- See catalog.unt.edu for a full listing of core courses.
- Applied Arts and Sciences students transfer in core courses, sometimes the entire core.
Occupational specialization (21 credit hours)
- These are often transfer courses coming from military coursework or from an A.A.S. degree or certificate at a community college.
To see examples of how specific A.A.S. degrees could lead to the UNT B.A.A.S., see ntccc.unt.edu/aas-baas. Select UNT under universities, and all of the options will appear below.
Applied Arts and Sciences degree program core courses (9 credit hours)
- Three upper level courses taken while at UNT by all students in the program.
Specialty concentrations (typically three 12 credit hour concentrations OR one 12 hour concentration and one 24 hours focus area)
- Selected in consultation with the advisor to meet the goals of the individual student.
- Courses are drawn from a combination of transfer courses and UNT courses from all departments.
- Concentrations include things ranging from non-profit management to chemistry, computer security to human resources, health studies to learning technology. Talk to an advisor to see what would work for you.
- Focus areas allow for a degree that draws heavily on a particular emphasis area and have been developed in collaboration with other UNT departments. Speak to an advisor for a list of all of the options.
Electives (12 credit hours)
To consult with an advisor about your individual plan, call Applied Arts and Sciences at 940-369-8129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be done in person in Denton, in Frisco or in McKinney (Collin Higher Education Center). They can also be arranged via Zoom or by phone.
Advanced Honors College Scholar Award
This award is available for transfer and "degrees-in-three" students.
Minimum GPA: 3.30
1. HNRS 3500 Thesis Proposal
2. Honors Thesis (HNRS 4951 or department equivalent 4950/4951)
3. Six (6) hours from the following:
a. 1 mentored research experience
b. 1 Honors contact
c. Honors study abroad credit