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Applied Science: Intelligence Studies Emphasis

Bachelor of Applied Science

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The Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in Intelligence Studies is for students seeking a career in an intelligence-related career path. The degree serves students who have earned an Associates of Applied Science, civilians working with defense contractors, and active-duty military personnel. Topics covered in the intelligence degree emphasize the historical and political context of the intelligence field and provide students with a deeper social and cultural understanding of world regions critical to U.S. national and international intelligence communities.

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 South Online
  • 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
BASV 314 3
GPSV 471 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
GPSV 472 3
GPSV 473 3
BASV 319 3
BASV 316 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
PSYV 368 3
Political & Social Issues 3
Regional Issues 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
Political & Social Issues 3
Regional Issues 3
Critical Thinking Course 3
Tier II General Education 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 national security and intelligence, U.S. and international political and social issues, and history of U.S. intelligence policy, gained from a major in Intelligence Studies, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in law enforcement, national security, citizenship and immigration services, and political activities and services. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in security studies or intelligence studies. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Editorial/Media
  • Research institutions
  • Customs and border security
  • Consulting and advising
  • National security and defense
  • Information and data analysis
  • Immigration services
  • Infrastructure protection

Sample Employers

  • Intergovernmental organizationsIntergovernmental organizations
  • National and international nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Universities and colleges
  • Research institutions
  • National Security Agency
  • Consulting firms
  • U.S. Military
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • National and international intelligence communities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Intelligence Analyst/Officer $34,319 - $60,877
Federal and State Officials $16,620 - $40,630
Political Columnist and Writer $20,710 - $57,750
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Law Enforcement and Security Officer $33,060 - $56,980
Border Patrol Officer $34,173 - $49,191
Customs and Border Protection Officer $24,677 - $58,811
Border Patrol Search and Rescue Agent $35,000 - $120,000
Airport Security Personnel $30,440 - $37,090
Security Consultant $37,000 - $124,000
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent $39,899 - $100,000
Police Officer and Sheriff $32,670 - $56,130
Security Manager $43,330 - $81,080
Military Officer (Year1) $34,862 - $119,352
Military Enlisted (Year1) $16,996 - $30,030
Force Intelligence Officer $52,917 - $76,641
Human Intelligence Collector, Enlisted (Year 1) $25,913 - $60,671