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Bachelor of Applied Science

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Bachelor of Applied Science

Online Joint Collaborative

This program is for you if you hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from a regionally accredited institution and seek to supplement the technical skills you acquired through your AAS with knowledge and experience that can prepare you for a managerial or supervisory role.  

With its combined focus on business and science skills, the BAS prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Office manager  
  • Human resource manager  
  • Hospitality manager 
  • Allied health professional  
  • Construction and safety manager 

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

To graduate with the BAS, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may transfer up to 64 credit hours from your AAS to Indiana University. You then complete 56-60 credit hours of courses from IU, with at least 30 credit hours at the 300– and 400–level.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  1. IU South Bend Campuswide General Education Curriculum (30-42 cr.)
    Some of these will likely transfer from your AAS. You will complete the rest through IU
  2. Applied Science Courses (48-51 cr.)
    These will all be tranferred in from your AAS
  3. Bachelor of Applied Science Core Courses (18 cr.)
    You will take all of these from IU. Rather than choosing from a specific list of courses, you will have the flexibility to choose from a range of courses that meet defined learning outcomes.
  4. Bachelor of Applied Science Track Courses (12 cr.)
    You will take all of these from IU. Rather than choosing from a specific list of courses, you will have the flexibility to choose from a range of courses that meet defined learning outcomes.
  5. Electives (0-12 cr.)
    Some will likely transfer in from your AAS. You will complete the rest through IU.

Core Courses
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Economics
  • Legal, Ethical, Social, and/or International Topics
  • Supervision
  • Marketing
  • Communication

Track Courses

As a BAS student, you will select from one of three tracks: healthcare management, sustainability studies, or an individualized. You take courses related to the track you choose. These include a capstone course that helps you integrate what you have learned.

Healthcare Track

The healthcare management track may appeal to you if you hold an AAS in one of the many healthcare fields, such as medical assisting, healthcare support, paramedic science, and medical laboratory technology.

As a student in this track, you take courses that prepare you to:

  • compare and contrast the US healthcare system (including reimbursement) with other systems around the world.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, legal, financial, and political factors that influence the provision of health services in the United States.
  • evaluate access to, and the cost of, US healthcare (including reimbursement practices) for different types of care.
  • effectively assess and implement improvements in clinical care, customer service, and human resource planning in a healthcare setting.
  • integrate knowledge and skills and apply to health management issues or challenges. This is the capstone course.

Sustainability Studies Track

The sustainability studies track may appeal to you if you hold an AAS in a science field, especially in biology, chemistry, ecology, geosciences, or other similar fields.

As a student in this track, you will learn to:

  • describe how environment, society, and economy are interrelated and impact each other
  • articulate how your educational experience applies to work and career choices
  • apply principles of sustainability to innovatively solve problems and implement sustainable practices

Individualized Track

Choose the individualized track if you hold an AAS in a field other than healthcare or the sciences. The individualized track is highly flexible. 

As a student in the track, you take courses based on your interests, background, and needs. These courses prepare you to:

  • demonstrate your ability to think critically in the fields you study.
  • effectively present central ideas, issues, and methods of inquiry specific to the fields you study.
  • apply knowledge and skills from general education, the BAS core, and the individualized track to issues or challenges in your area of technical expertise.

The following examples show how you might tailor this track to meet your individual needs.

  • If you have an AAS in Criminal Justice and want to advance your career in criminal justice, you might work with your advisor to design an individualized track that includes 300– and 400–level courses in criminal justice, public affairs, psychology, and sociology.
  • If you have an AAS in Design Technology and want to change careers, you might select courses in web development and graphic design.
  • If you have an AAS in Advanced Manufacturing and want to become a supervisor or manager, you might choose courses in human resource development, communication, and other management skills.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree
  2. Met all other admissions requirements

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:
  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts.
  3. International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  4. This program is offered by IU South Bend, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus.
Application Deadline:

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials

Tuition and Fees

  • Indiana Residents | $224.23/credit hour ($672.69/3 credit hours)
  • Out of State Residents | $321.34/credit hour ($964.02/3 credit hours)
  • Additional fees will apply

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2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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