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Bachelor of Applied Science

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Organizations need leaders at all levels who can effectively understand the environment and society in which they operate; analyze situations and solve problems; supervise and manage; interact and communicate appropriately within and outside the organization; anticipate change; and plan for the future. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) is designed for individuals with a minimum of two years work experience who have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree at a Wyoming Community College (or an equivalent degree at another accredited institution) and who need or desire the additional breadth in skills, knowledge, and professional expertise to enhance their capabilities in their own careers and in the organizations in which they work. Students with Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees who have the relevant experience may also apply.

The fundamental philosophy of the BAS degree is that the student must complete the general education requirements expected of all UW bachelor's degrees and must engage in upper-division coursework sufficient to provide focus and depth of learning. Following this philosophy, the BAS has four basic components. These components are university studies, career specialty, professional concentration, and electives. The fundamental elements of the baccalaureate degree are provided by the general education core (University Studies Program) and the upper division professional concentration.

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. 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. With the adoption of some consistency across institutions in AAS general education credit requirements, fulfillment of the 30 credit USP Component combining Community College and UW credits can be formally articulated.

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. All students are required to take a range of courses from the prescribed set of areas of concentration within this component in order to provide them with 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 degree requirements.

University of Wyoming Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

I. Requirements for the BAS Degree

  1. Have been awarded the A.A.S., A.S. or A.A. degree from a Wyoming community college or elsewhere and credits fulfill the Wyoming AAS General Education Core.
  2. Two years of work experience.
  3. Application and Admission to the University of Wyoming completed.
  4. Minimum number of credits needed for degree, by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources: 120 total.
  5. Minimum of 48 credits must be taken in upper division courses, 30 of which must be from UW.
  6. More than 70 hours may be transferred from a Wyoming community college or elsewhere, but all University of Wyoming requirements must be met.
  7. Required credits comprised of Components II through V below:

II. University Studies Program Component - 32 credits

Wyoming Community Colleges have defined an AAS Common General Education Core Curriculum of 16 credits, required for an AAS degree from a Wyoming community college that provides entry to the UW BAS degree. Completion of the BAS requires completion of the additional courses as indicated.

AAS Transferred Core (UW USP 2003 equivalency indicated)

Written Communications (WA and WB) 6
Quantitative Reasoning at 1000 level or higher (QA) 3
US and Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
Cultural Context: Arts/Sociology/Humanities/Communications/Diversity (C) 3
Physical Activity and Health (P) 1
Total 16

Additional USP Requirements for BAS degree

Upper Division Written Communications (WC) ENGL 4010** 3
Oral Communications (O) COJO 1010*** 3
Quantitative Reasoning (QB) STAT 2050 or STAT 2070 3
Cultural Context: from upper division, may be embedded (CA, CH, CS, G, D) 6
Science (S) LIFE 1002 4

**ENGL 4010 is included in Professional Concentration area 2
***The "O" requirement might be met at the AAS level, in order to accommodate an upper division WB course.

III. Career/AAS Specialty Component - 40-60 credits

An Associate of Applied Science degree awarded from a Wyoming community college, or other accredited institution, will satisfy the Career Specialty Component (check with the community college for selected AAS programs).  With completioin of an Associate of Arts or and Associate of Science this component is fulfulled.

IV. Professional Concentration Component (illustrative) - 36-40 credits

Students satisfy this component by taking an array of largely upper-division courses distributed across a prescribed set of areas of concentration. The areas to be included are outlined below.

1. AGRI 3000: Discovering and Utilizing Ideas and Information - 3 credits

This is a 3-credit course that provides the framework for effective learning in this degree program. Learning in this area guides students to accessing, evaluating, and utilizing information and ideas; communicating information and ideas effectively and responsibly; civic engagement for individual, organizational and community problem-solving; and applying new skills, knowledge, and perspectives in a contemporary society. [USP: I, L]

2. Communicating in Writing and Speaking (2 courses) - 6 credits

All personal and professional interactions require effective communication, both in writing and in speaking. This area guides students towards the acquisition and utilization of these skills.

Selected from:

COJO 3190 Cross-Cultural Communication (D) Prerequisite: COJO 1040 3
COJO 3010 Business and Professional Communication. Prerequisite: COJO 1010 3
ENGL 4010 Technical Writing in the Professions (WC) 3

3. Analysis and Problem-Solving (1-2 courses) - 3-6 credits

Effective decision-making requires the ability to acquire, evaluate and utilize information and data. This area guides students into an examination of the tools and methods available and the interpretation and utilization of the results of such analyses.

Selected from:

AS/AGRI 4990 Organizational Problem-Solving in the Social Sciences 3
ENR 4500 Risk Analysis (QB). Prerequisite: MATH 1000 or 1400 3
FCSC 3110 Personal Finance. Prerequisite: junior standing 3

4. Organizational Leadership (4 courses from one option) - 12 credits

Individuals in leadership positions at levels require an understanding of organizational design, behavior, and change. This area guides students into an examination of organizational models; human and financial resource management; negotiation and conflict resolution; ethical practices; legal and regulatory issues; and public relations and marketing.

Option A: Community Development

AGEC 3750 Natural Resource Planning Economics 3
AGEC 4660 Community and Economic Development. Prerequisites: ECON 1020 or SOC 2090, junior standing 3
AGEC 4720 Water Resource Economics 3
CHST 4990 Women, Gender, and Migration 1-3
FCSC 4117 Working with Nonprofits and Boards. Prerequisites: senior standing and satisfactory completion of a WB course 3
FCSC 4985 Seminar; Development in Community Leadership 2-3
POLS 4420 Topics: Seminar in Public Administration 3
POLS 4710 Topics: Introduction to the Non-Profit Sector 1-3
POLS 4710 Topics: Non-Profit Management & Leadership 1-3
POLS 4710 Topics: Emerging Democracies 1-3
SOC 3650 The Community. Prerequisites: SOC 1000 3
SOC 4020 Sociology at Work. Prerequisite: SOC 1000, MGT, or ECON 1010 3
WMST 4400 Women and Work [WB]. Prerequisite: 6 hours of WMST or SOC 3

Option B: Managing Organizations

This area of emphasis guides students through an examination of how managers create value by understanding and developing employee and customer relationships.  It is strongly suggested that students complete ACCT 1010 and ECON 1010, both of which are available from, and articulated with, the community colleges throughout Wyoming before taking these courses. The area of emphasis consists of the following additional courses:

MGT 3210 Management and Organizations. Prerequisite: junior standing 3
MGT 3210 Business Ethics. Prerequisite: sophomore standing 3
MKT 3210 Introduction to Marketing. Prerequisite: junior standing 3
MGT 4410 Human Resource Management. Prerequisite: MGT 3210 and junior standing 3

NOTE: Students with this option may not take more than 30 hours (total) in business and must obtain a grade of C or better in each of the courses listed above in order to advance to the next course.

5. Contemporary Society (2 courses) - 6 credits

An understanding of social, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts is essential for effective leadership and the management of change. This area guides students into an exploration of the diversity and complexity of issues and interactions - from the local to the global.

Selected from:

ANTH/POLS/WMST 3500 [WB]. Prerequisite: WMST 1080 or cross listed equivalent.
COJO 3160 Theory of Language and Society [WC]. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 and 6 hours in dept. 3
CRMJ 3200 Ethics and Administration of Justice 3
CRMJ 3500 Drugs and the Criminal Justice System 3
CRMJ/CHST 4860 Social Inequality, Crime, Criminal Justice and the Law 3
HIST 4490 Modern America, 1960-present. Prerequisite: HIST 1211 and 1221 3
HIST 4545 Multicultural West
Prerequisite: any history or social science course
HIST 4340 History of American Women. Prerequisite: ENGL/WMST/SOC 1080, HIST 1211, 1221 3
ENR 4890 Special Topics 3
SOC 3500 Sociology of Gender 3

6. Career Electives - 9 credits

These courses and experiences help the student apply their learning in a workplace and community environment.

AGRI 4960, BAS Internship is available for 6 credit hours and will fit this category, but is not required. The course is done on a contract basis.

V. Elective Component - 22-30 credits

Hours needed to complete degree requirements will be selected by the student, in conjunction with the UW academic advisor, to meet the unique employment and career goals of the student.

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