Applied Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Science Degree

RIT’s individualized studies degree lets you pair courses from all nine of RIT’s colleges to design your own major around your interests, goals, and career aspirations.


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Average First-Year Salary of RIT Graduates


Concentration Options


Courses Across RIT’s 9 College


Participation in Experiential Learning


  • Applied arts and sciences is an RIT New Economy Major. This collection of degree programs is forward-thinking and future-forming, and helps prepare you to excel in the multidisciplinary nature of our modern, dynamic economy.
  • Design a unique, multidisciplinary degree that combines several areas of academic interest to create a customized bachelor's degree.   
  • High-touch, personalized advising.
  • Engage in experiential learning like co-ops, internships, undergraduate research, study abroad, and more.
  • 120 credit hours: 60 credit hours in general education and 60 credit hours in individualized concentration areas
  • Complete the program on campus, online, or by combining both on-campus and online course work

You may know what you want to do, but you also may find yourself drawn to a collection of interests that doesn’t fit neatly into a conventional academic program. RIT’s BS in applied arts and sciences is an individualized studies degree, which means your education is designed by you. You are free to customize an academic program crafted around your interests, goals, and career aspirations. All in a place–the School of Individualized Study–dedicated to bringing your unique vision to life.

Create Your Own Major

In the BS in applied arts and sciences, you’ll create your own major by customizing your academic degree around your interests and career goals. With RIT’s rich and diverse academic portfolio–which includes more than 100+ undergraduate programs, options, and concentrations–you can blend a range of courses to create concentrations that provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to accomplish your professional aspirations.

How Does Individualized Study Work?

Individualized study is all about you. It’s focused on your interests, your passions, and your career goals. And, it’s an opportunity for you to create a specialized degree that’s tailored around the knowledge and skills you want to learn, and that fit your personal ambitions.

Students in the School of Individualized Study are unique. But they all share one common trait: their interests don’t fit neatly into a traditional degree program. They have ideas about what they want to study, and where they want to go after they graduate. They need a roadmap on how to structure a degree program that gets them where they want to go.

Creating your own major sounds complicated. In reality, it more about identifying your interests, selecting the courses that fit what you want to do, and putting the plan in motion.

You’ll start out by meeting with one of the academic advisors in the School of Individualized Study, who will spend time learning about you. They’ll talk to you about topics of study that you like and don’t like, and listen as you share your career goals and aspirations. Next, they’ll talk to you about course selection, and identify what classes you need to take to gain the skills you’re looking to acquire. Our advisors will connect you to faculty members so you can learn about exciting career options. As we work together to map out your individualized studies bachelor’s degree, your advisors will help you select courses and guide you on extracurricular activities–from co-ops and internships, to research opportunities, study abroad, and more–that will help round out your education. And, as your interests change, or expand into new areas, advisors will work with you to adjust your plan of study to accommodate your evolving goals.

High-Touch, Hands-On Advising

An individualized studies degree needs more than traditional advising. Our academic advising process that’s all about you. We want to get to know you and your interests. What are your career goals? What do you want out of your education? By getting to know who you are and what you want to do, we can help you craft an educational journey that’s personalized to your aspirations.

Our advising process is continual, high-touch, and customized to your individual career goals. We’ll help you:

  • Design your own major comprised of hand-picked courses from RIT’s dynamic academic portfolio
  • Arrange introductions with RIT’s faculty, staff, and alumni, Rochester community partners, and beyond
  • Mentor you on your academic path
  • Connect you to university resources
  • Support you through program completion

RIT/Syracuse University College of Law 3+3 Option

The BS in applied arts and sciences is part of the RIT/Syracuse University College of Law 3+3 Option. RIT has partnered with Syracuse University’s College of Law to offer an accelerated 3+3 BS/JD option for highly capable students. This option provides a fast-track pathway to law school in which students earn a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate degree in six years. In the 3+3 option, students interested in the following RIT majors–advertising and public relations, applied arts and sciences, communicationcriminal justice, economicsinternational and global studies, journalismphilosophypolitical science, psychologypublic policy, and sociology and anthropology–may apply to the option directly. Successful applicants are offered admission to RIT and given conditional acceptance into Syracuse University’s College of Law. Learn more about the RIT/Syracuse University College of Law 3+3 Option, including admission requirements and frequently asked questions.

Accelerated 4+1 MBA

An accelerated 4+1 MBA option is available to students enrolled in any of RIT’s undergraduate programs. RIT’s Combined Accelerated Pathways can help you prepare for your future faster by enabling you to earn both a bachelor’s and an MBA in as little as five years of study.

This program is also offered online. View Online Option.

Careers and Experiential Learning

Typical Job Titles

Consumer Relations Executive Cloud Systems Engineer
Data Scientist Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
Director of Finance EOC Compliance Coordinator
Human Resources Administrator Illustrator
Influencer Manager Packaging Engineer

Salary and Career Information for Applied Arts and Sciences BS

Cooperative Education and Internships 

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete with real, relevant career experience that sets you apart. Experiential learning in the School of Individualized Study includes cooperative education and internships, international experiences, research, and more. Participating in these opportunities is not only possible at RIT, but passionately encouraged.

Students in the BS in applied arts and sciences are strongly encouraged to participate in cooperative education and internships.

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Curriculum for Applied Arts and Sciences BS

Applied Arts and Science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Individualized Study Seminar
The required gateway course for students enrolled in the School of Individualized Study. Course provides an opportunity for students to explore the nature and function of academic disciplines. Students will have opportunities to develop and refine their transversal, transferrable, and 21st century skill sets and their relationship to traditional curriculum and experiential learning. (APPLAS-BS, APPLAS-AAS) Lecture 1 (Fall Or Spring).
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
General Education - Artistic Perspective
General Education - Social Perspective
General Education - Mathematical Perspective A
Professional Concentration Courses
General Education - Electives
General Education - First Year Writing (WI)
Second Year
Professional Concentration Courses
General Education - Ethical Perspective
General Education - Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
General Education - Mathematical Perspective B
General Education - Scientific Perspective
Open Elective
General Education - Elective (WI-GE)
Third Year
General Education - Global Perspective
Professional Concentration Courses
General Education - Immersion 1, 2
General Education - Elective
Fourth Year
Multidisciplinary Life (WI-PR)
A capstone class for students in the applied arts and sciences bachelor of science degree program. Course provides students an opportunity to reflect upon and enhance the many aspects of their individualized educational programs and focus on future goals. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
General Education - Immersion 3
Professional Concentration Courses
General Education - Electives
Open Electives
Total Semester Credit Hours

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admissions

This degree offers students the opportunity to create individualized undergraduate programs. Applicants should speak directly to a freshman admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Transfer Admissions

This program offers students the opportunity to create individualized undergraduate programs of technical and professional study through its applied arts and science program. The applied arts and science program is particularly appropriate for individuals who have prior college-level learning, are interested in changing majors, have unique ideas about how they want to design their academic areas of study, or want to prepare themselves for a career that requires skills and expertise from several disciplines. Applicants should speak directly to a transfer admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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