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Business and Administration

Applied Science - Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science

If you have completed or will complete an associate degree from a community college, you may pursue the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) at Northern Arizona University.

Our goal in offering the B.A.S. degree is to provide you with a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues and to advance your communication, computer, and quantitative skills. This degree also offers you the opportunity to complete a specialization that will broaden your career horizons, promote life-long learning, and enrich your life. Northern Arizona University offers this degree at selected campuses throughout Arizona.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Administration?

If you have completed an associate’s degree, our BAS with a specialization in Administration can help you seek entry, or advancement within, a variety of administrative occupations, including the private sector. The BAS in Administration is not a traditional business administration degree but offers additional traininig in administration.

You will be provided with the means to develop creative thinking skills, effective verbal and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and problem-solving skills. The flexible delivery plans help you fit your studies into your life. Dedicated faculty will help you succeed.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Management
  • Banking
  • Sales
  • Community development

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Attorney
  • Certified public accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Community college instructor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 64 units in an associate's degree transfer block (If you have been awarded an A.A.S. degree from an Arizona community college, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.)
  • At least 18 units of B.A.S. Requirements
  • At least 21 units of Administration specialization Requirements
  • Be aware units of liberal studies requirements may have been satisfied by the associate's degree transfer block
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted into a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) plan, you must have an associate's degree, either completed or in progress, at a regionally accredited institution and the associate's degree must be completed prior to the awarding of the B.A.S. degree.
Major Requirements
  • Specialization Prerequisites
    Students who have not completed the prerequisites for BBA 300 must complete the following two leveling courses before beginning the B.A.S. Specialization in Administration. Please contact an advisor for more information on fulfilling the pre-requisite requirements:

    B.A.S. Requirements (18 units)
    This coursework is designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills. Courses in bold indicate required courses. Other courses may be used to fulfill the B.A.S. Elective requirements.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. Requirement; you may also include courses with the course prefixes used in your administration specialization to satisfy liberal studies requirements, although you can't use the specific courses from your specialization.

  • Students transferring into this program from California may meet NAU's liberal studies requirements by completing an IGETC at a California community college. Please contact an advisor for more information.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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