School of Arts and Letters

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

The BAS is a Bachelor's degree completion program for students who have graduated with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. AAS degrees have traditionally been considered to be non-transferable to B.S. or B.A. degrees, and individuals wishing to attain a baccalaureate degree often lost most of their credits. The BAS degree provides a pathway for these individuals to attain a bachelor's degree in two years (56-60 credit hours).

This degree aligns well with the missions of the regional campuses of Indiana University: to promote educational attainment and economic development in our regions. By providing a pathway to a high-quality bachelor's degree for an underserved population-AAS degree holders who wish to earn a bachelor's degree to advance their careers-this degree promotes educational attainment and economic development in our regions. The degree is designed to articulate seamlessly, in a 2+2 model, with a variety of AAS degrees from Ivy Tech Community College, Jefferson Community and Technical Colleges, and Vincennes University.

The BAS degree is proposed as a joint degree program by all five IU-managed regional campuses. By design, this joint program provides efficiencies of scale while maintaining the unique characteristics of the regional campuses.

The BAS is a nationally-recognized degree which is available in many states. Some public institutions which offer this degree include the University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, Missouri State University, and the University of Texas- San Antonio.

The BAS degree can be oriented toward several specific career fields, such as hospital administration, general supervision or entry-level management, and some human resources functions. Because of this degree's flexibility, it tracks into approximately 34 occupations that can be grouped into three occupational clusters-a specialty business cluster, a supervisory cluster, and a management cluster.

This degree is not intended to prepare students for graduate study. The purpose of this degree is to enable AAS degree-holders to earn a bachelor's degree, in a reasonable amount of time that builds on their technical background and provides the knowledge and skills needed to advance in their careers.

This BAS degree has three tracks:

Students in the Health Care track might be employed, for example, as a Medical and Health Services Manager. Students in the Individualized Track are expected to pursue advancement with their current employers, or to seek employment in the specialty business, supervisory, or management occupations. Students in the Sustainability Track are interested in a career in areas such as environmental planning and coordination, environmental education and communications, sustainability coordination or consulting in the private or public sector, green design, environmental law or public affairs, or graduate study.

The BAS degree is a 2 + 2 degree, articulating with AAS degrees granted by Ivy Tech and other two year institutions. Students may apply 60-64 credits from their Ivy Tech AAS degrees to the BAS degree. Students will take 60 credit hours in the BAS at Indiana University: 30 credit hours of general education, 18 hours in the BAS Core, and 12 hours in a specialty track (Health Management or Individualized).

This is a joint degree to be offered by all five regional campuses of IU. A faculty team, with representation from each campus, developed the shared curricular framework for this degree. The joint degree format permits the campuses to share faculty resources and thereby provide educational opportunities to students in their regions that those students might not otherwise have. Students may take BAS courses from any of the five campuses and have those courses apply to their BAS degree at their home campus.

Credit Hours Required/Time to Complete

This is a 120 credit hour program. Students entering the program will transfer in 60-64 credit hours from their AAS degrees. Therefore, full-time students are expected to complete the degree in two academic years (four semesters).

BAS Core (required) - 18 hours

Dept. Course Number Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
Student must take one of the following:
BUS-A 200 Foundations of Accounting 3 C
BUS-A 201 Intro to Financial Accounting 3 C
BUS-A 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3 C
Student must take one of the following:
ECON-E 101 Survey of Economics Issues & Problems (or other approved course) 3 C
ECON-E 103 Intro to Microeconomics 3 C
ECON-E 104 Intro to Macroeconomics 3 C
BUS-G 300 Intro to Managerial Economics and Strat. 3 C
POLS-Y 359 Economics and Public Management 3 C
Students must take one of the following:
BUS-J 404 Business and Society 3 C
BUS-D 301 The International Business Environment 3 C
POLS-Y 379 Ethics and Public Policy 3 C
POLS-Y 403 Legal Issues in Public Bureaucracy 3 C
PHIL-P 306 Business Ethics 3 C
PHIL-P 393 Biomedical Ethics 3 C
HIST-B 391 Themes in World History 3 C
HIST-G 369 Modern Japan 3 C
HIST-G 385 Modern China 3 C
HIST-G 387 Contemporary China 3 C
HIST-G 410 China, Japan, & US in the 20th and 21st Century 3 C
Students must take one of the following:
BUS-Z 300 Organizational Behavior & Leadership 3 C
BUS-Z 301 Organizational Behavior & Leadership 3 C
BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations 3 C
BUS-Z 440 Personnel-Human Management 3 C
BUS-W 301 Management & Organization Theory 3 C
POLS-Y 358 Human Behavior & Public Organizations 3 C
POLS-Y 387 Public Personnel Management 3 C
Students must take one of the following:
BUS-M 300 Introduction to Marketing (or any other 300/400 level approved course) 3 C
BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management 3 C
Students must take one of the following:
SPCH-C 427 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 C
SPCH-S 427 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 C
SPCH-C 380 Organizational Communication 3 C
SPCH-S 440 Organizational Communication 3 C
CMCL-C 440 Organizational Communication 3 C

BAS Track (one required) - 12 hours

Students must select one of the following tracks:


Courses counted toward the concentration must be taken for a letter grade. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. As per IU campus policy, at least 30 hours must be at the 300 level or higher.

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