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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

What Is the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree?

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students who have completed a technical Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The BAS gives you the unique opportunity to apply forty of your technical AAS credits to a bachelor’s degree.

Why a BAS Degree from Boise State?

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree combines a well-rounded, rigorous core curriculum with an individualized Area of Emphasis (AOE) that complements your technical education and professional expertise. You will work closely with your advisor to develop a strong, focused academic degree plan.

The flexibility of the BAS allows you to either choose a minor or create a customized concentration that aligns with your educational and career goals.

What Area of Emphasis (AOE) Should I Choose?

Here are few examples of some of the most popular degree-concentrations:

  • Organizational Communication
  • Psychology Minor
  • Geoscience/Geospatial Information Analysis Minor
  • General Business
  • Leadership Studies Minor
  • Addiction Studies Minor
  • Dispute Resolution Certifcate

What Courses Are Required for the BAS Degree?

Currently, the Bachelor of Applied Science program requires you to take BAS 300: Communication in the Applied Sciences and BAS 400: Capstone in the Applied Sciences.

Examines principles and skills to prepare and execute effective written communication, oral presentations, and group communication activities. Common communication methods and principles will be covered, with an emphasis on critical thinking related to the student’s past learning and future professional goals.
Admission to BAS degree and upper-division standing.
Analysis of a contemporary problem or issue that is of interest to the student and that occurs in student’s chosen academic/professional area of expertise. Projects will demonstrate knowledge of applied science, the ability to interpret data and relevant literature, ethical considerations and responsibilities, effective communication, and the ability to use relevant techniques to solve or assess the problem or issue. 
BAS 300.

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Applied Science is a degree-completion program, and all incoming students should have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a minimum or forty technical military credits. This degree is not available for traditional freshmen.

Admission to Boise State University does not guarantee acceptance into the BAS program. You must meet with the BAS advisor for final program admission.

If you have any questions about the requirements for admission to the BAS program, please contact the BAS advisor,Jon Schneider, at or (208) 426-3703.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are a great way to make valuable connections and earn upper division credits at the same time. An internship offers you useful, first-hand work experience in your career field and a chance to practice and develop the skills and knowledge-base that you’ve built in the classroom at Boise State.

We highly encourage all BAS students to take advantage of our internship opportunities. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please contact the BAS advisor, Jon Schneider, at or (208) 426-3703.

Career Opportunities

After graduating, BAS students have received internal promotions, made career upgrades, attended graduate school, or even changed careers completely. You will graduate from Boise State with a high-quality education and a portfolio of work and experience that separates you from your peers as you transition into the next phase your career. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree will not only open new doors, it will prepare you to walk through them and be successful.


The BAS program awards the Bachelor of Applied Science Scholarship every spring. Application details will be available soon.

You may also qualify for the Osher Reentry Scholarship.

The AfterWork Program

The BAS degree is a part of the AfterWork program—a collection of majors committed to giving you the opportunity to complete your entire degree with a combination of evening, weekend, and online classes. The AfterWork program allows you to take classes at your pace and on your schedule. And many courses are offered at several of Boise State’s regional sites.

Contact the BAS program advisor today!

Jon Schneider is the Advisor for the Bachelor of Applied Science program.

For more information, email Jon at or call him at (208) 426-3703.

The BAS Advisor’s office is located in the Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park at 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Program Staff

Jon Schneider
Advisor, BAS/AfterWork Programs

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