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Online Bachelor of Applied Science Curriculum

Program Curriculum

This program is offered online only with no in-person requirements

Classes run year-round in 16 week semesters and you can complete the degree at a flexible full-time or part-time pace that works for your schedule. Students attending full-time can complete the program in as little as a year.

  • Degree Requirements

    The below Online BAS curriculum shows the courses required for the program. In addition, foundational courses are required to earn a bachelors degree from Boise State. These foundational courses may be met through transfer coursework, or will be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State. Download a printable view of the degree requirements.>

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    Upper Division Major Requirements
    BAS 305Introduction to the Applied Sciences1
    BAS 310Communication in the Applied Sciences3
    BAS 425Creating a Culture of Safety3
    BAS 495Capstone in the Applied Sciences3
    Upper Division Requirements
    Select 30 upper-division credits from two (2) of the Areas of Emphasis listed below:30
    Business Bridge to Career Emphasis (12-18 credits)
    BUSBTC 301Business Foundations I
    BUBTC 302Business Foundations II
    BUSBTC 310Creating Value with People
    BUSBTC 320Creating Value for Customers
    BUSBTC 330Creating Value through Investment
    BUSBTC 410Business Planning Applications
    Applied Leadership Emphasis (12 credits)
    LEAD 325Foundations of Leadership
    LEAD 326The Practice of Leadership
    LEAD 490Capstone in Leadership
    MDS 410Case Studies in Leadership
    Multidisciplinary Studies Emphasis (12-18 credits)
    BAS 493Internship
    COMM 341Nonverbal Communication
    MDS 410Case Studies in Leadership
    MDS 420Globalization
    MDS 430 Ethics
    MDS 440Project Management and Design
    MDS 450Teamwork and Innovation
    Sub-total40
    Credits awarded for your technical associate degree (AAS or equivalent) awarded by a regionally accredited institution. 40
    Foundational studies courses (see table below) and electives40
    Total semester credits earned/needed for a bachelor’s degree from Boise State120

    Foundational Studies Courses

    These foundational courses may be met through transfer coursework, or they may be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State. They are required in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.

    Foundational Courses Required for a Bachelor’s Degree

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
    ENGL 102Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    DLM*Mathematics3-4
    DLN*Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course with lab4
    DLN*Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
    DLV*Visual and Performing Arts3
    DLL*Literature and Humanities3-4
    (DLS)Social Sciences course3
    DLS*Social Sciences course in a second field3
    *Disciplinary Lens (DL) courses are part of the Boise State Foundational Studies program. For more details and a list of available courses, see Online Foundational Studies Courses.
  • Course Descriptions

    BAS 305 Introduction to the Applied Sciences
    Examines the transition from technical expert to professional leader (AAS to BAS). Explores academic and career goal-setting, the connection of theory to practice, academic culture, academic integrity, the vital nature of an academic support community, and the qualities of a lifelong learner.

    BAS 310 Communication 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 past learning and future professional goals. PREREQ: ENGL 102 and BAS 305.

    BAS 425 Creating a Culture of Safety
    Study of safety as a vital element of human behavior in society, business, and industry. This course examines the safety responsibilities of leaders, managers, and supervisors, focuses on developing skills in planning, implementation, awareness, monitoring, and risk management, and covers governmental influence, hazard awareness and control, operational considerations in the workplace, accidents, and planning. COREQ: BAS 310 or MDS 300.

    BAS 495 Capstone in the Applied Sciences
    Analysis of a contemporary problem or issue that is of interest to the student and that occurs in the 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. PREREQ: BAS 310 and BAS 425.

    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations I
    Utilizes a business plan development model to study the interrelationships among business functional areas and provide an understanding of how businesses create value. Provides skills for successful team management and business communication, including an understanding of the language of business. Introduces the principles of responsible business practices.

    BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations II
    Examines the tools and concepts required to make value-added financial decisions. Emphasis on interpretation and analysis of financial reports and data. Topics include financial statement analysis, budgeting, cash flow, time value of money, and capital investment decisions. Introduces financial spreadsheet tools.

    BUSBTC 310 Creating Value with People
    Develops the competencies required to lead and manage people in a variety of contexts. Topics include organizational behavior, team building, conflict management, motivation, negotiation, career development strategies, and ethical decision making.

    BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers
    Provides an understanding of how products and services are efficiently developed, sold, and delivered to create value for customers and business. Topics include market analysis, consumer behavior, market segmentation, personal sales, distribution strategies, project management, and supply chain management.

    BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment
    Emphasis on the use of accounting, financial and economic data to measure and manage value creation. Examines sources of business funding, their valuation and costs. The methods of accounting for and evaluating the profitability of potential business investments, including applied spreadsheet modeling.

    BUSBTC 410 Business Planning Applications
    Uses the business plan development model introduced in BUSBTC 301 to integrate the concepts and practices developed in earlier courses. Emphasis on analyzing a sector or service of interest to student teams. Includes the further development of professional skills such as time management, career management, interpersonal relationships, and leadership. Includes team-based experiential learning.

    LEAD 325 Foundations of Leadership
    An introduction to concepts, frameworks, ideas and beliefs related to leadership. Intended to inspire students to engage in deeper self-exploration about why they lead and how they can begin to serve as a catalyst for progress in their relationships, communities and organizations.

    LEAD 326 Exploration of Leadership
    An exploration of selected concepts, frameworks, ideas and beliefs related to the art and practice of leadership. The course is intended to help students move from knowledge and awareness, to applying their learning in various contexts.

    LEAD 490 Capstone in Leadership
    This experiential course offers students an opportunity to practice the skills and perspectives they have learned in previous leadership courses. Students will select a team-based community or business project to organize and implement as a vehicle to demonstrate and reflect upon leadership principles. PREREQ: LEAD 325, MDS 410

    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership
    Introduces and analyzes effective leadership styles. Leadership practices and models are applied to case studies. Through various forms of reading, writing, presentations, video and/or multi-media, students will apply theories to assess their own leadership style and identify styles of popular companies/people.

    MDS 420 Globalization
    Introduces the historical and modern phenomenon of Globalization. Various themes in globalization will be studied, including: economics, national powers, history, trade, environment, religion, and education. Each module will introduce particular aspects of globalization.

    MDS 430 Ethics
    Examines universal ethics principles and standards practiced across various disciplines. Exploration of personal and professional conduct and social responsibility in the light of existing ethical, moral and social values across disciplines will also be discussed. Designed to enable students to form individual positions on ethical conduct and social responsibility, this course both identifies and applies ethical principles to real world situations.

    MDS 440 Project Management and Design
    The course develops a foundation of concepts that support the project management process groups required for successful implementation and completion of a project. Principles and applied techniques of effective planning, communication, risk, schedule, and cost management are major themes discussed in this course.


  • Sample Full-time Schedule

    The sample schedule below is a general guide of when courses can be completed. You will work closely with your academic advisor to arrange your degree plan after you are admitted to the program and complete new student orientation.

    Full-Time Sample Schedule – Accelerated Track

    12 Months

    If you meet all Foundational Studies general education requirements through transfer credit you can complete the Online BAS degree in as few as 12 months.

    Full-Time Sample Schedule - Accelerated Track (12 Months) 
    Semester 1
    CourseCredits
    BAS 305 Introduction to the Applied Sciences1
    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations 13
    BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations 23
    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership3
    Total Semester Credits:10
    Semester 2
    CourseCredits
    BAS 310 Communication in the Applied Sciences3
    BAS 425 Creating a Culture of Safety3
    BUSBTC 310 Creating Value for People3
    BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers3
    BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment3
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Semester 3
    CourseCredits
    BAS 495 Capstone in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 410 Business Analysis3
    MDS 420 Globalization3
    MDS 430 Ethics3
    MDS 440 Project Management and Design3
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Total Credits:40

    Full-Time Sample Schedule – with Foundational Courses

    16 Months

    If you need Foundational Studies general education courses, you can complete the Online BAS degree in as few as 16 months.

    Full-Time Sample Schedule (16 Months) 
    Semester 1
    CourseCredits
    BAS 305 Introduction to the Applied Sciences1
    ENGL 102 Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    DL course3
    DL course3
    DL course3
    Total Semester Credits:13
    Semester 2
    CourseCredits
    DL course3
    UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    BAS 310 Communication in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations 13
    BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations 23
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Semester 3
    CourseCredits
    BAS 425 Creating a Culture of Safety3
    BUSBTC 310 Creating Value for People3
    BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers3
    BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment3
    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership3
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Semester 4
    CourseCredits
    BAS 495 Capstone in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 410 Business Analysis3
    MDS 420 Globalization3
    MDS 430 Ethics3
    MDS 440 Project Management and Design3
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Total Credits:58
  • Sample Part-time Schedules

    The sample schedule below is a general guide of when courses can be completed. You will work closely with your academic advisor to arrange your degree plan after you are admitted to the program and complete new student orientation.

    Part-Time Sample Schedule – Accelerated Track

    20 Months

    If you meet all Foundational Studies general education requirements through transfer credit you can complete the Online BAS degree in as few as 20 months.

    Part-Time Sample Schedule - Accelerated Track (20 Months) 
    Semester 1
    CourseCredits
    BAS 305 Introduction to the Applied Sciences1
    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations 13
    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership3
    Total Semester Credits:7
    Semester 2
    CourseCredits
    BAS 310 Communication in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations 23
    MDS 420 Globalization3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 3
    CourseCredits
    BAS 425 Creating a Culture of Safety3
    BUSBTC 310 Creating Value for People3
    BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 4
    CourseCredits
    BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment3
    MDS 430 Ethics3
    MDS 440 Project Management and Design3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 5
    CourseCredits
    BAS 495 Capstone in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 410 Business Analysis3
    Total Semester Credits:6
    Total Credits:40

    Part-Time Sample Schedule – with Foundational Courses

    28 Months

    If you need Foundational Studies general education courses, you can complete the Online BAS degree in as few as 28 months.

    Part-Time Sample Schedule (28 Months) 
    Semester 1
    CourseCredits
    BAS 305 Introduction to the Applied Sciences1
    ENGL 102 Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    DL course3
    Total Semester Credits:7
    Semester 2
    CourseCredits
    DL course3
    DL course3
    UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 3
    CourseCredits
    DL course3
    BAS 310 Communication in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations 13
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 4
    CourseCredits
    BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations 23
    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership3
    MDS 420 Globalization3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 5
    CourseCredits
    BAS 425 Creating a Culture of Safety3
    BUSBTC 310 Creating Value for People3
    BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 6
    CourseCredits
    BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment3
    MDS 430 Ethics3
    MDS 440 Project Management and Design3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 7
    CourseCredits
    BAS 495 Capstone in the Applied Sciences3
    BUSBTC 410 Business Analysis3
    Total Semester Credits:6
    Total Credits:58

schedule

Selecting a full-time or part-time schedule

Before deciding on a part- or full-time schedule ask yourself:

  • Do I have 7-9 hours per week per class, to devote to studying?
  • What other obligations currently require my time?

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