The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is unique among all other degrees at SFA in that it allows students to apply credit non-collegiate credit to the completion of a bachelor's degree. Credits earned through community college vocational or technical programs, military training, and occupational licensure or certification are generally NOT accepted as college credit hours in traditional bachelor's degree programs. However, after evaluating appropriate documentation, a BAAS advisor may apply these credits to the degree, providing a shorter route to completing a bachelor's degree than many traditional programs. Students who hold associate's degrees in technical fields are particularly well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the BAAS. There are essentially three parts to the BAAS degree: Core Curriculum, Area of Specialization, and Professional Development Area.