Bachelor of Applied Studies

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) is designed for graduates of community colleges who wish to complete a bachelor's degree by distance education. The degree may be completed completely online or through a combination of on-site and online coursework. Students may earn credit toward the degree with a selection of several types of courses, including semester-based online courses, on-site courses at off-campus locations throughout Iowa, and regular-session on-campus courses.

The BAS is a general undergraduate degree without a traditional academic major. Students can design an individual program or select from four optional emphasis areas: creative writing, human relations, justice studies, and political science. BAS students may complete multiple emphasis areas and earn undergraduate minors and certificates offered by the University of Iowa. They may not enroll in a second college at the University of Iowa while completing the BAS degree.

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Working with their academic advisors, BAS students may plan programs designed to advance their careers, begin new careers, or prepare for graduate or professional study. Students who have specific career goals or advanced degree programs in mind should determine what educational background they will need in order to achieve their goals, and they should include appropriate coursework in their BAS programs.

The BAS is awarded by University College and is administered by Distance and Online Education.