Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership

This program is a Selective Program. Application requirements are included in the description below.


The Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly diverse technological and global society. The degree develops practical workplace competencies that meet current and future challenges through real world coursework utilizing personalized academic mentoring and tutoring. The coursework focuses on team building, ethical decision making, enhanced communication skills, critical thinking, and people skills. Graduates of this program pursue careers in education, government, nonprofit, and business organizations.

The program’s objectives will offer competency-based core curriculum and lower-division electives. Competency-based curriculum is utilized in this degree program to acknowledge a student's prior knowledge through a set of competencies, diagnostic pre-assessments, and post-assessments to demonstrate competence in a subject. The program will include a required e-portfolio that will collect artifacts from each of the upper-division courses. This e-portfolio will be assessed as part of the capstone course. The capstone course enhances the educational experience and employment potential of students. Students graduating from the program will be prepared to enter the public or private sectors as well as continue their education in a graduate program.

Bachelor of Applied Science Requirements

Application Requirements

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in state mandated general knowledge content through approved means; i.e., Texas Success Initiatives (TSI), with program specific exemptions accepted.
  2. Applicants with prior college level coursework must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Dean for Math, Science & Bachelor Programs.

Degree Completion Requirements

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • Complete the appropriate course of study for a Bachelor of Applied Science program as specified in the College catalog. Developmental or other non-credit coursework does not apply toward graduation requirements.
  • South Texas College will accept a maximum of 90 semester credits of applicable course work transferred from another accredited college or university toward a Bachelor of Applied Science degree granted by STC.
  • Completion of 30 credit hours in 3000 level courses or higher of which all 30 credit hours must be completed at STC.
  • Maintain a minimum average of “C” (2.0 G.P.A.) for all courses in the area of specialization, a grade of "B" or better in all competency-based courses, and a minimum overall cumulative average of “C” (2.0 G.P.A. in all other courses).
  • Pay all debts to the College prior to graduation.
Degree Components
General Education Courses42
Required Lower-Division Coursework8
Lower-Division Electives40
Required Upper-Division Coursework30
Total Credit Hours120

Lower Division-Requirements

STC Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

The student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. Students that declare the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership degree have access to the competency-based format of the core curriculum.

Students beginning the Bachelor of Applied Science upper-level coursework upon completion of an approved Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree must complete an additional 27 general education credit hours in order to fulfill the forty-two (42) credit hour general education Core Curriculum required at South Texas College.

Students beginning the Bachelor of Applied Science upper-level coursework after completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will have fulfilled the Core Curriculum requirement for bachelor degree students.

Lower-Division Electives (48 Credit Hours)

Required Lower-Division Electives
SPAN 1411Beginning Spanish I for Non-Spanish Speakers4
SPAN 1412Beginning Spanish II for Non-Spanish Speakers4
Foundation Curriculum

Entering freshmen are recommended to take the following five foundation courses as part of the 48-hour lower-division electives.

HRPO 2301Human Resources Management3
HRPO 2307Organizational Behavior3
BUSG 1303Principles of Finance3
BMGT 1301Supervision3
BUSI 1301Business Principles3
Additional Lower-Division Electives

Students may select from the following list of courses offered as competency-based to complete the 48-hour lower-division coursework:

BUSI 2301Business Law3
BUSG 2309Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship3
ACCT 2401Principles of Financial Accounting4
ECON 2301Principles of Economics I - Macro3
ECON 2302Principles of Economics II - Micro3
MATH 1442Elementary Statistical Methods4
CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3

Note: Coursework from A.A.S. degrees will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Students entering the BAS program with a completed Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree may apply their field of study coursework toward the lower-division electives.

Upper-Division Requirements

Prerequisites for Upper-Level Coursework

  • Junior Standing
    • Completion of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree or completion of sixty (60) credit hours from a regionally accredited institution with at least fifteen (15) credit hours in general education coursework; or
    • Completion of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Senior Standing
    • A minimum of ninety (90) credit hours from a regionally accredited institution with at least twenty-one (21) credit hours in upper-level coursework.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in previous coursework.

Required Organizational Leadership Major Courses (30 Credit Hours)

The upper-division Organizational Leadership major coursework is a balance between theoretical and applied competencies associated with leading in a broad range of organizations. The degree is designed to educate and train students with relevant, applied knowledge of organizations and leadership within organizations. Students will practice developing leadership solutions for real-world problems. Leadership theory, practices, and applied learning will form the core requirements for this program.

ORGL 3311Issues in Organizational Leadership3
ORGL 3321Data Driven Decision-Making I3
ORGL 3331Data Driven Decision-Making II3
ORGL 3322Behavior/Ethics/Leadership I3
ORGL 3332Behavior/Ethics/Leadership II3
ORGL 4341Management Theory I3
ORGL 4351Management Theory II3
ORGL 4342Organizational Change3
ORGL 4352Capstone I3
ORGL 4361Capstone II3


Through the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership students complete coursework that is aligned to the following competencies:

Program Competencies

  1. Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate the ability to establish productive relationships by communicating effectively individually and collectively. Students will be able to:
    1. Develop productive relationships through evaluating and explaining the pertinent characteristics of the individuals and groups in the organization.
  2. Organizational Behavior: Identify, analyze, and solve organizational problems based on effectively functional and dysfunctional individual, team, and organizational behaviors. Students will be able to:
    1. Describe the organizational structure and function including individual and group dynamics and the identification of potential problems.
  3. Problem Solving/Decision Making: Identify, analyze, and solve/recognize/predict organizational problems based on effective and ethical decision making through critical, reflective, and creative thought processes that apply appropriate techniques. Students will be able to:
    1. Given a case study students will be able to solve a problem and evaluate the appropriateness of a decision.
  4. Change Management: Understand how the political, economic, social and technological forces in the environment influence organizational behavior, policy and practices. Students will be able to:
    1. Analyze why & how organizations resist change
    2. Explain a leader’s role in managing change
    3. Apply a structured change management process
  5. Resource Management: Identify, allocate, and effectively manage resources, both tangible and intangible, necessary to accomplish the vision of the organization. Students will be able to:
    1. Identify tangible and intangible resources given an organizational situation.
    2. Manage work teams to accomplish the vision of the organization.
    3. Manage resources to complete an assigned task within a specified time.
  6. Strategy/Operations Management: Understand strategic management skills in order to structure operations to support the vision of the organization.
  7. Information Literacy: Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information to address organizational concerns or tasks while observing appropriate security protocols. Students will be able to:
    1. Informational literacy- know the different types of information technology
    2. Identify multiple resources of information technology
    3. Know where to locate different types of technology, such as informal information, data and trends, published data, internet data, internal and external data
    4. Remain in compliance with security protocols.
  8. Statistics/Applied Research: Collect, interpret, analyze, and select data to employ practical applications and facilitate sound decision making.


Three - Four Year Recommended Course Sequence (7 Week Terms)

All lower-division core curriculum and lower-division electives are offered 100% online and in a competency-based delivery format.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall Term 1Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics 3
 Credit Hours6
Fall Term 2
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
PHYS 1415 Physical Science I 4
 Credit Hours7
Spring Term 1
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
PHYS 1417 Physical Science II 4
 Credit Hours7
Spring Term 2
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
or Marriage and the Family
 Credit Hours6
Summer Term 1
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
 Credit Hours3
Summer Term 2
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
 Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall Term 1
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
 Credit Hours6
Fall Term 2
SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I for Non-Spanish Speakers 4
BUSI 1301 Business Principles 3
 Credit Hours7
Spring Term 1
SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II for Non-Spanish Speakers 4
BMGT 1301 Supervision 3
 Credit Hours7
Spring Term 2
BUSG 1303 Principles of Finance 3
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer Term 1
ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I - Macro 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer Term 2
HRPO 2301 Human Resources Management 3
ARTS 1301
Art Appreciation
or Introduction to Theater
 Credit Hours6
Third Year
Fall Term 1
BUSG 2309 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
 Credit Hours6
Fall Term 2
ECON 2302 Principles of Economics II - Micro 3
HRPO 2307 Organizational Behavior 3
 Credit Hours6
Spring Term 1
ACCT 2401 Principles of Financial Accounting 4
MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods 4
 Credit Hours8
Spring Term 2
ORGL 3311 Issues in Organizational Leadership 3
ORGL 3321 Data Driven Decision-Making I 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer Term 1
ORGL 3322 Behavior/Ethics/Leadership I 3
ORGL 3331 Data Driven Decision-Making II 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer Term 2
ORGL 3332 Behavior/Ethics/Leadership II 3
ORGL 4341 Management Theory I 3
 Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall Term 1
ORGL 4342 Organizational Change 3
ORGL 4351 Management Theory II 3
 Credit Hours6
Fall Term 2
ORGL 4352 Capstone I 3
ORGL 4361 Capstone II 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours120 Credit Hours