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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 (B.A.S.) is designed for individuals with a completed Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, Associate of Business or an Associate of Arts 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.

The fundamental philosophy of the B.A.S. degree is that the student must complete the general education (University Studies Program - USP) 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 B.A.S. 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 (USP) and the upper division professional concentration. At the end of the program, students are expected to meet the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. to develop proficiency in accessing, evaluating and utilizing information, ideas, and data;
  2. to develop proficiency in communicating information and ideas effectively and responsibly;
  3. to gain an appreciation for leadership development as a tool for individual, organization and community problem solving;
  4. to demonstrate an understanding of orgranizational design, behavior, ethical practices, and effective managerial and supervisory practices;
  5. to gain an understanding of social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts essential for effective leadership and the management of change.

The University Studies Program (USP 2015) consists of a minimum of 27 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 required as part of a UW student’s coursework, including the Professional Concentration or Electives coursework.

The Career Specialty Component is fulfilled with the Associate of Applied Science, the Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts degrees. 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.  Note: Within the Professional Concentration, students have a choice between two Organizational Leadership areas. Option A focuses on Community Leadership; Option B focuses on Business Leadership. 

The Elective Component will consist of the number of credit hours needed (after completing the other three components) to complete the degree components. A minimum of 120 hours is required for the B.A.S. 

All University of Wyoming Students must earn a total of 42 upper division hours (at least 30 hours taken from UW), to earn their degree. Students in the B.A.S. program must earn a “C” in all courses on the B.A.S. checklist. Failure to do so will require repeating the course. Per university regulations, students may only attempt a course three times; an “F” or “W” count as attempts.

Application Process

All students must apply to the Bachelor of Applied Science program, including those who would like to change their major to the B.A.S. in Organizational Leadership. Students cannot just fill out a change of major form and have Admissions change their status.

These are the steps for application:

  1. Apply to the University of Wyoming through Admissions, declaring the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership.
  2. Have official transcripts from all institutions attended sent to Admissions.
  3. Email  when you have received your acceptance to UW. Include your W# in the message. We can then track your files to evaluate them for the BAS program.
  4. Students will receive a letter telling the application decision. If a student is denied admission to the BAS, an explanation for the denial will be provided. If accepted, the student will be given information for how to work with the program advisor, Rosalind Grenfell (, to enroll in classes.

Organizational Leadership Major

This program is available by distance delivery only. Entry into the program requires an application process. Students must apply for admission to UW first. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to UW Admissions. Entry into this program requires an existing associate’s degree. Transcripts will not be analyzed prior to application.

All students pursuing a bachelor’s of applied science degree in Organizational Leadership are required to complete: a) University Studies Program (USP) requirements and b) courses within the program checklist. While students may move through the program at a pace that works for them, the checklist will illustrate a path for those who wish to complete the degree in two years. Students must complete coursework from Option A or Option B as part of their degree requirements.

The University Studies Program (USP) ensures that each student’s program includes the elements essential to a lifetime of personal and professional growth: habits of mind, practices of active citizenship, and development of intellectual skills. The USP program requires students to develop skills that include the ability to express oneself in speech and writing; to locate, evaluate and effectively use information; and to examine problems from quantitative, qualitative, and scientific perspectives. The USP requirements will be approximately 30 credit hours of your overall degree program.

All courses within the Bachelor of Applied Science must be completed with a grade of C or better. If you do not pass the course with a grade of C or better after three attempts you will be dismissed from your organizational leadership major.

The requirements for your program are listed in this check sheet. It is important to understand course sequencing (when courses are offered) and prerequisites (other courses that must be taken first). Each student has an assigned advisor, Rosalind Grenfell ( You will be advised each semester. It is important that you work closely with your advisor to plan your course schedule.

University Requirement – All degrees at the University of Wyoming require 42 upper-division credit hours (3000+).

Residency Requirement – All degrees must include a minimum of 30 credit hours from UW.

I. Major Requirements

AGRI 3000 3
FCSC 3110 or AGRI 4350 3
Upper division elective 3
*one course from Option A or Option B 3
Elective or remaining USP course 3
Total 15
JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
*one course from Option A or Option B 3
Contemporary Society course 3
Approved Career Elective 3
COJO 3010 or COJO 3190 3
Elective or remaining USP course 3
Total 15
AGRI 4600 3
*one course from Option A or B 3
Elective or remaining USP course 3
Approved Career Elective 3
Upper division elective 3
Total 15
SENIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
*one course from Option A or Option B 3
Elective 3
AGRI 4960 or 3 credits of approved career electives 6
Contemporary Society course 3
Total 15
Total Credit Hrs. 60

II. University Studies Program (USP 2015)

Core Components Hrs.
Critical and Creative Thinking (FYS) 3
Communication I (COM1) 3
Quantitative Reasoning (Q) 3
Science (PN) 6
Human Culture (H) 6
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
Embeddable Components Hrs.
Communication 2 and 3 (COM2 and COM3) 6
Total USP Hours
Total hours for degree 120

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