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Applied Science: Human Services Emphasis

Bachelor of Applied Science

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The Human Services program prepares students to serve clients in a variety of public and private outreach agencies. Human services graduates work with social workers, law enforcement officials, medical staff, emergency responders, and other specialists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for human services workers is projected to grow by about 34% through 2016. BAS in Human Services graduates use their knowledge of human services agencies, program planning, human development, and social issues to build long-term careers in the social service field. The program features educational quality with convenience through online coursework. Many BAS in Human Services graduates continue their studies in master’s degree programs in social work or counseling.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

As a 2+2 program partnering with community colleges and offering the second two years of the degree program only, this major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA South website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Online
  • UA Douglas
  • UA South Online
  • UA Pinal
  • UA Pima
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA South Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
4th Semester
Student needs 60 completed units to begin BAS sequence 60
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Community College Math 3
5th Semester
ENGV 308 3
HUSV 301 3
BASV 314 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
FSHV 405 3
BASV 316 3
BASV 319 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
FSHV 401 3
Human Services Elective 3
Critical Thinking Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
FSHV 408 3
Human Services Elective 3
Human Services Elective 3
HUSV 494 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of counseling, program planning and evaluation, human development, social issues, and humanities, gained from a major in Human Services, forms a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in counseling, outreach, law enforcement, medical and healthcare support, social welfare, and social service. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in social work or counseling. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.    

Potential Career Areas

  • Law enforcement
  • Medical and healthcare support
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Social welfare
  • Social service
  • Community outreach

Sample Employers

  • Advising and consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Human right organizations
  • Medical and healthcare centers
  • Nursing home and adult daycare center
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Peace Corps
  • Social welfare centers
  • Social service agencies
  • Public and private outreach agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Social and Human Service Assistants $19,430 - $28,850
Mental Health Social Worker $27,450 - $83,340
Substance Abuse Counselor $25,140 - $38,520
Child, Family, and School Social Workers $27,450 - $41,530
Medical Social Workers $27,450 - $49,830
Marriage and Family Therapists $29,980 - $48,160
Adult Day Care Coordinator $19,620 - $29,230
HIV/AIDS Counselor and Case Manager $25,840 - $49,830
Grief Therapist $25,430 - $40,080
Public Health Social Worker $24,770 - $53,660
Healthcare Social Worker $27,450 - $49,830
Child Welfare Worker $27,450 - $40,700
Peace Worker $30,000 - $40,000
Grant Coordinator and Writer $48,814 - $64,950
Nursing Home Administrator $55,470 - $83,340
International Aid Worker $25,000 - $50,000
Recreation Supervisor/Activities Coordinator $16,900 - $22,240