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Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS)

bas photoTake control of what, when, and where you learn, which is just one of the great aspects of an online Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) from The University of Iowa.

Designed for community college graduates, when you enroll in our BAS program you’ll complete your degree at a distance and at your own pace. No campus visits are required

Our BAS program does not call for completion of the traditional academic major. Instead, you can develop an individual program through General Studies or choose from our list of track options, including certificates and areas of emphasis. You also will work with an advisor to develop your own plan of study within the parameters of the degree requirements.

All University of Iowa course work is semester-based so while you may submit your application at any time, you begin course work at the start of the fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May) sessions.

The BAS is an excellent choice if you have an associate's degree and would like to earn your bachelor's degree at a distance.

Is the BAS right for you? Keep reading to find out!

  • Admission Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Tracks
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To be admitted to the BAS program, you must have:

  • An Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate of Arts (AA)
  • 60 semester hours (s.h.) of transferable college credit including all career-technical course work
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above for Iowa community college graduates
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for other applicants

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the University of Iowa with your BAS, you must have at least 120 semester hours from all sources with a maximum of 60 semester hours from your associate degree or two-year institution.

Your 120 semester hours must include:

  • 45 semester hours of upper-level course work
  • 30 semester hours of credit earned from the University of Iowa after admission to the BAS program
  • Completion of Core/General Education Requirements
    • Rhetoric: composition II plus speech
    • Quantitative/Formal Reasoning: 3 s.h.
    • Social Sciences: 3 s.h.
    • Values, Society, and Diversity: 3 s.h.
    • Business/Management: 6 s.h.
  • Completion of Distribution Area Requirements
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all:
    • Completed course work
    • Upper-level course work
    • University of Iowa course work
    • Transfer course work

Note: Students with an Iowa AA have completed all Core Requirements except Business/Management, unless it was included in the AA program.

If you entered the University of Iowa before Summer 2011, you will be held to the Core Requirements as noted on your degree audit including those within the Cultural Diversity (3 s.h.) area.

BAS Distribution Area Requirements

Students complete a minimum of three of the five general thematic groupings, or Distribution Areas.

Distribution Areas for the BAS degree are:

  • Humanities
  • Communications and Arts
  • Natural Science and Math
  • Social Sciences
  • Professional Fields

Within each of the three selected areas, you are required to complete 12 semester hours of course work; at least six semester hours must be upper-level course work.

Because the program does not call for the completion of a traditional major, you can develop an individual program through General Studies or choose an existing track option, including certificates and areas of emphasis, listed below. Completed certificates will appear on your official UI transcript. Students are not eligible to enroll in a second major or minor.

Areas of Emphasis


For the degrees listed below, you will need to apply as a transfer student. Please review the Transfer Student Application Process.

Apply Now: Once you have logged into the online application, select "transfer to apply to the BAS program.


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