2017-18 Academic Catalog
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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Programs

Majors (B.A.S.)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations (also listed in Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology)

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.

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 Sociology 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 System

CRIM 2025 (982:025) Criminology

CRIM 2021Applied Methods and Data Analysis in Criminal Justice3
CRIM 2152 (982:152)Crime and Community3
CRIM 2220Communication Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals3
CRIM 3151 (982:151)Crime and Social Inequality3
CRIM 3319/5319 (982:119g)Victimology3
CRIM 4371Topics in Criminal Justice3
CRIM 4575 (982:175)Senior Seminar in Criminology3
Total Hours21
Suggested Sequence
Term 1
CRIM 2152 (982:152)Crime and Community3
Term 2
CRIM 3151 (982:151)Crime and Social Inequality3
Term 3
Term 4
CRIM 3319/5319 (982:119g)Victimology3
Term 5
CRIM 4371Topics in Criminal Justice3
Term 6
Term 7
CRIM 2021Applied Methods and Data Analysis in Criminal Justice3
Term 8
CRIM 2220 Communications Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals3
Term 9
Term 10
CRIM 4575 (982:175)Senior Seminar in Criminology3

Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations Major

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 Studies:
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
Minority Health
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
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 Community 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)
Field Experience in Health Promotion
Global Service Mission
Criminology Internship
Total Hours30

  PSYCH 2201 (400:060) and PSYCH 2203 (400:160) have prerequisite of PSYCH 1001 (400:001).


 SOC 3080/5080 (980:120g) has prerequisite of SOC 1000 (980:001) or ANTH 1002 (990:011).


 SOC 3170/5170 (980:180g) has prerequisite of 2 hours in sociology including SOC 2010 (980:108) or consent of instructor.