The B.A.S. has four basic components
. These components are university studies
, career specialty
, professional concentration
, and electives
. All students graduating from the University of Wyoming must have 48 hours of credit at the 3000 and 4000 level; 30 total hours in the degree program must be completed through the University of Wyoming.
The University Studies Program (USP) Component
consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours as adopted by the UW faculty and the Articulation Agreement between UW and the Wyoming Community Colleges (www.uwyo.edu/unst/Artic_agree_full.pdf
). Students with an Associate of Applied Science degree from a Wyoming community college will normally matriculate with 15-20 hours of credit that count toward this component. The remainder may be acquired as part of the student's UW coursework, including the Professional Concentration or Electives coursework.
The Career Specialty Component
is fulfilled with the Associate of Applied Science degree. This component will consist of a minimum of 40 credit hours in the major.
The Professional Concentration Component
is the advanced component of the program and the courses are selected by the student and the advisor. The specifics may vary according to the student's program, community college, and the student's interests and career aspirations. However, all students are required to take a range of courses from the prescribed set of areas of concentration within this component. This component provides the breadth and depth of learning necessary for a baccalaureate degree. This component will consist of 36-40 upper division or articulated equivalent credit hours.
The Elective Component
will consist of the number of credit hours needed (after completing the other three components) to complete the minimum total credit hours (120) required by the College of Agriculture. This component also provides an opportunity for each student to individualize their learning to fit their career aspirations.