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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.      23-24 hours of Liberal Arts Core classes, as outlined below (of which 9 hours can be transferred in as LAC 1A, 1B, and 1C);

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.

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

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

1. 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.
2. Category 2: Civilizations & Cultures (1 course from Category 2A or 2B)3
3. Category 3: Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy & Religion (1 course from Category 3A or 3B)3
4. Category 4: Natural Science & Technology (1 course from Category 4A or 4B)3
5. Category 5: Social Science (1 course from Category 5A, 5B, or 5C)3
6. 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 3155 (48C:173)Business 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 1000 (980:001)Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 1060 (980:060) Social Problems
or culture/diversity related class approved by BAS Criminal Justice major advisor.
CRIM 2022 (982:022)Criminal Justice System3
CRIM 2025 (982:025)Criminology3
SOC 2010 (980:108)Research Methods3
CRIM 4575 (982:175)Senior 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 1031 (920:024)Introduction to Economics (or equivalent - requires departmental approval; will satisfy category 5B of Liberal Arts Core)0-3
Business Administration:
BUSINESS 3025Business Analysis Techniques3
BUSINESS 3030Accounting Concepts3
BUSINESS 3035Information Systems for Professionals3
BUSINESS 3050Work Experience and Management Theory3
BUSINESS 3060Law, Society, and Business3
BUSINESS 3065Entrepreneurship and Opportunity3
BUSINESS 3070Topics: Effective Business Practices3
BUSINESS 4040Applied Business Finance3
BUSINESS 4045Practical Marketing for Organizations3
BUSINESS 4055Talent Management3
Total Hours30-33
Suggested Sequence
Term 1
LAC Category 1A3
LAC Category 1C3
Term 2
LAC Category 5 (ECON 1031 (920:024) is the recommended course to satisfy both the LAC Category 5 and this major requirement)3
BUSINESS 3025Business Analysis Techniques3
Term 3
LAC Category 1B3
BUSINESS 3030Accounting Concepts3
Term 4
ENGLISH 3186 Studes in Technical Communication3
BUSINESS 3035Information Systems for Professionals3
Term 5
LAC Category 33
BUSINESS 3050Work Experience and Management Theory3
Term 6
COMM 3155 (48C:173)Business and Professional Oral Communication3
BUSINESS 3060Law, Society, and Business3
Term 7
LAC Category 23
BUSINESS 3065Entrepreneurship and Opportunity3
Term 8
LAC Category 43
BUSINESS 3070Topics: Effective Business Practices3
Term 9
LAC Category 62-3
BUSINESS 4040Applied Business Finance3
Term 10
BUSINESS 4045Practical Marketing for Organizations3
BUSINESS 4055Talent Management3

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 LAC 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 3000/5000 (48C:166g)Selected Topics in Communication3
COMM 4344/5344 (48C:151g)Intercultural Communication3
Earth Sciences:
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services4
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
Minority Health
International Health
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology:
ANTH 4010/5010Climate 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
Organizational Psychology
Culture and Marriage
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 1020 (860:020)Chemical Technology (either of these courses will satisfy LAC Category 4B)4
or PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) General Physics I
STAT 1772 (800:072)Introduction to Statistical Methods (will satisfy LAC Category 1C)3
BAS Technology Core
TECH 2119Computer Applications in Technology3
TECH 3065Technology and Organizational Efficiency3
TECH 3131 (330:131g)Technical Project Management3
TECH 3102 (330:102)Living in Our Techno-Social World (will satisfy LAC Category 6)3
Elective approved by the department (must be 3000-level or above)3
BAS Technology Upper Division Courses
TECH 3142 (330:142)Statistical Quality Control3
TECH 3180 (330:180)Lean and Sustainable Operations3
TECH 3143Managing Operations and Manufacturing Systems3
TECH 4187 (330:187g)Applied Industrial Supervision and Management3
Total Hours34*
*10 hours may be counted toward LAC and Major