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Applied Technology BS
Program Overview

Looking to enhance your career? The online Applied Technology Degree (BS) from the University of Southern Mississippi prepares its students for limitless career opportunities in a variety of fields.

The Applied Technology program emphasizes the practical application of business management and examines the theories of human resource and development, production process planning, and technological innovations critical for success in public and private industries. This is your life, plus college.



Any student who satisfies admission requirements to the University through the Office of Admissions and has completed up to 36 hours of technical credits from a community college or military is eligible for admission to the College of Science and Technology, Online Applied Technology Degree B.S. program.

Degree Requirements

  • ENG 101 – Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 – Composition Two 3 hrs.

Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course

  • ENG 203 – World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:
  • HIS 101 – World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 – World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 – Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 – Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 – Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 – The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.

Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 – Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 – World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 – American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 – General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 – Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

  • CSC 309 – Computers and Society 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)
  • ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 – Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here.

GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here.

Fundamentals Business Skills

  • ACC 200 – Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • MGT 300 – Management for Organizations 3 hrs.
  • MIS 300 – Management Information Systems 3 hrs.
  • MKT 300 – Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
Computer Skills

  • CSC 309 – Computers and Society 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)
Select 1 course:

  • CSS 331 – Visual Basic 3 hrs. or
  • IT 361 – Computer Applications in Business Technology I 3 hrs.
Select 1 course:

IT 375 – Web-Based Tools 3 hrs.

Industrial Engineering Technology

  • IET 405 – Production and Inventory Control 3 hrs.
  • IET 406 – Industrial Automation 3 hrs.
  • IET 414 – Engineering Project Management 3 hrs.
Applied Technology

  • APT 400 – Applied Technology Leadership 3 hrs.
  • APT 410 – Applied Technology 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • HCD 460 – Performance Technology I 3 hrs.

  • Select 36 hours of technical electives**

Choose electives as needed. (See “Hours to Degree” below.)


**Up to 36 hours of technical electives can be transferred from an accredited community, junior, and senior college.

Hours to Degree:

120 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Applied Technology. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional course fees to the online applied technology degree may apply.  Fees range between $20 – $60.

Upon completion of the online applied technology degree, you will have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Technology from the College of Science and Technology.

The successful completion of 120 hours is required for the online applied technology degree.

This degree can be completed fully online; however, some face-to-face courses are available in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast campus.

If yes, visit for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and course enrollment.

How will the 36 hours from the post-secondary transcript be evaluated?

Each online applied technology degree student transcript will be evaluated on an individual basis by an advisor in the College of Science and Technology.

Will all of the two-year technical program courses at the community college be accepted?

Each technical program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the College of Science and Technology for the online applied technology degree.

What are the costs?

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Can this program be completed fully online?

Yes, the online applied technology degree is available totally online.  Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture could be required.


Will other classes besides the ones listed in degree requirements count towards my degree?

Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.

Do online students pay out-of-state tuition?

No, online students pay resident tuition for the online applied technology degree.

What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

For programs other than the online applied technology degree, please visit our programs page here: