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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Programs

Majors (B.A.S.)

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Program

The purpose of the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree is to offer educational opportunities to those students who have completed an A.A.S degree and are now seeking to complete a four-year degree.  These students are often place-bound and need to take online classes while remaining a full-time employee.

Admission to the Program

Each student entering the program must have earned:

1.      an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from an accredited institution; and

2.      a minimum 2.00 grade point average; and

3.      two years of relevant work experience.

Total Credit Requirements

A total of at least 120 semester hours of credit, including applicable transferable credit earned, is required for graduation. The total must fulfill the following specifications:

1.      24 hours of UNIFI/General Education classes (or 23-24 hours of Liberal Arts Core), as outlined below, of which 9 hours can be transferred in as the Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning UNIFI categories (or LAC 1A, 1B, and 1C if on the Liberal Arts Core);

2.      6 hours of Professional Communication, as outlined below;

3.      21-30 hours of Major coursework, from one of the majors listed below;

4.      0-19 hours of elective credit, for a total of 60 semester hours of credit taken at the University of Northern Iowa.

UNIFI/General Education Requirements for B.A.S. Degree

Students must meet the following undergraduate UNIFI/General Education requirements as specified below.

Written Communication *3
Oral Communication *3
Quantitative Reasoning *3
*BAS Students are permitted to transfer in courses equivalent to the Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning UNIFI categories. No other classes can be applied to fulfill the UNIFI portion of the BAS degree.
Human Condition - Global3
Human Condition - Domestic3
Scientific Reasoning (lab not required)3
Human Expression3
Total Hours24

Liberal Arts Core Requirements for B.A.S. Degree:

Students must meet the following undergraduate Liberal Arts Core requirements as specified below.

Category 1: Core Competencies in Categories 1A (writing), 1B (speaking), and 1C (math) or transfer equivalencies* 9
*BAS students are permitted to transfer in courses equivalent to Categories 1A, 1B, & 1C. No other classes can be applied to fulfill the LAC portion of the BAS degree.
Category 2: Civilizations & Cultures (1 course from Category 2A or 2B)3
Category 3: Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy & Religion (1 course from Category 3A or 3B)3
Category 4: Natural Science & Technology (1 course from Category 4A or 4B)3
Category 5: Social Science (1 course from Category 5A, 5B, or 5C)3
Category 6: Capstone Experience (1 course)(2-3hours or 1 additional course from BAS LAC Category 2, 3, 4, or 5)2-3
Total Hours23-24

Professional Communication Required Courses for B.A.S. Degree

COMM 3155Business and Professional Oral Communication3
ENGLISH 3770Technical Writing in Applied Sciences3
Total Hours6

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Programs

Criminal Justice Major

Courses required to have taken before enrolling in B.A.S. program, or take simultaneously with other courses in the B.A.S. program.
SOC 1000Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 1060 Social Problems
or culture/diversity related class approved by BAS Criminal Justice major advisor.
CRIM 2022Criminal Justice System3
CRIM 2025Criminology3
SOC 2010Research Methods3
CRIM 4575Senior Seminar in Criminology3
6 hours of any 1000, 2000, 3000, or 4000-level CRIM prefix classes
12 hours of any upper division (3000/4000-level) CRIM prefix classes
Total Hours33

Managing Business and Organizations Major

The B.A.S. major in Managing Business and Organizations is under the supervision and jurisdiction of Continuing Education and Special Programs.

ECON 1031Introduction to Business Economics (or equivalent - requires departmental approval; will satisfy the UNIFI/General Education Quantitative Reasoning category)0-3
Business Administration:
BUSINESS 3025Business Analysis Techniques3
BUSINESS 3030Accounting Concepts3
BUSINESS 3035Information Systems for Professionals3
BUSINESS 3050The Art of Managing People at Work3
BUSINESS 3060Law, Society, and Business3
BUSINESS 3065Entrepreneurship and Opportunity3
BUSINESS 3070Topics: Effective Business Practices (6 hours required, repeat on different topic)6
BUSINESS 4040Applied Business Finance3
BUSINESS 4045Practical Marketing for Organizations3
Total Hours30-33
Suggested Sequence
Term 1
UNIFI/General Education Written Communication category3
UNIFI/General Education Quantitative Reasoning category (ECON 1031 is the recommended course to satisfy both the UNIFI/General Education Category and this major requirement)3
Term 2
UNIFI/General Education Human Condition - Domestic category3
BUSINESS 3025Business Analysis Techniques3
Term 3
UNIFI/General Education Oral Communication category3
BUSINESS 3030Accounting Concepts3
Term 4
ENGLISH 3186 Studes in Technical Communication3
BUSINESS 3035Information Systems for Professionals3
Term 5
UNIFI/General Education Human Condition - Global category3
BUSINESS 3050The Art of Managing People at Work3
Term 6
COMM 3155Business and Professional Oral Communication3
BUSINESS 3060Law, Society, and Business3
Term 7
UNIFI/General Education Scientific Reasoning category3
BUSINESS 3065Entrepreneurship and Opportunity3
Term 8
UNIFI/General Education Human Expression category3
BUSINESS 3070Topics: Effective Business Practices3
Term 9
UNIFI/General Education Responsibility category3
BUSINESS 4040Applied Business Finance3
Term 10
BUSINESS 4045Practical Marketing for Organizations3
BUSINESS 3070Topics: Effective Business Practices3

Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations Major

Applications are not being accepted for the B.A.S. Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations major at this time.

The Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and College of Education. This program is administered through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences under the jurisdiction and general supervision of the College Dean, with a designated program director.

The Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations is designed for practitioners of tactical emergency services who are interested in earning a Bachelor of Applied Sciences with specialization in diverse and vulnerable populations in their technical fields. Admission to the major is limited to students with an AAS degree in one or more of the following tactical operator fields: Fire Sciences, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Military Sciences, and related degrees. Two or more years of professional experience in one of these fields is preferred but NOT required.

This major requires 30 credit hours, which includes 19 hours of required core courses; 8 hours of major electives; and 3 credit  hours of a final field practicum with a culminating project serving vulnerable populations. As the B.A.S. degree requires the completion of 60 credit hours, students can use the remaining hours to complete any outstanding UNIFI/General Education requirements that did not transfer, and any other university or major electives.

All UNI courses will be provided via distance education and/or online, in order to target place-bound working adults around the state and nation. Students can be full-time or part-time. Part-time students will take at least 2 courses per semester online. The CSBS advisor for this interdisciplinary degree will assist students in proceeding through the degree successfully online through distance learning.

In order to graduate, students must have completed 60 credit hours, as well as a field-based practicum and culminating project and paper with vulnerable populations as part of their required courses, and an exit GPA of at least 2.0. Additional exit requirements also include successful completion of the following certificate trainings which are offered through multiple national organizations such as the Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

First Aid

Blood-borne Pathogens

Hazardous Materials

CPR (Basic)

FEMA Incident Command System Trainings: 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 

Required Major Courses:
Communication and Media:
COMM 3000/5000Selected Topics in Communication3
COMM 4344/5344Intercultural Communication3
Earth Sciences:
EARTHSCI 1200Elements of Weather3
Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services4
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
Minority Health
International Health
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology:
ANTH 3010Climate Change, Human Migration and Conflict3
Psychology of Gender *
Social Psychology *
Major Electives:8
Immigration and Transnationalism **
Seminar in Sociology
Environmental Health Science
Environmental and Occupational Health Regulations
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Psychology and Law
Health Psychology
SW 4186 Studies in: Social Work with Persons with Disabilities
Work Psychology: Well-Being
Exploring Family Diversity in America
Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction
Introduction to Public Health
Area Studies courses can also be counted towards electives.
Additional courses may be substituted in as major electives, upon approval of the program director.
Required Field Practicum and Culminating Project for the Major3
(Select one of the following courses, taken during the last semester)
Global Service Mission
Criminology Internship
Total Hours30

Technology Major

Applications are not being accepted for the B.A.S. Technology major at this time.

Applications are not being accepted for the B.A.S. Technology major at this time.

Mathematics and Science Core:
CHEM 1020Chemical Technology (either of these courses will satisfy UNIFI/General Education Scientific Reasoning category)4
or PHYSICS 1511 General Physics I
STAT 1772Introduction to Statistical Methods (will satisfy UNIFI/General Education Quantitative Reasoning category)3
BAS Technology Core
TECH 2119Computer Applications in Technology3
TECH 3065Technology and Organizational Efficiency3
TECH 3131Technical Project Management3
TECH 3102Living in Our Techno-Social World3
Elective approved by the department (must be 3000-level or above)3
BAS Technology Upper Division Courses
TECH 3142Statistical Quality Control3
TECH 3180Lean and Sustainable Operations3
TECH 3143Managing Operations and Manufacturing Systems3
TECH 4187Applied Industrial Supervision and Management3
Total Hours34*
*10 hours may be counted toward UNIFI/General Education and Major