Applied Science - Applied Business Management, Bachelor of Applied Science

NAU Yuma

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Please review the list of Specialized Accredited Programs for information on the program's accreditation status.

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 diversity, liberal studies, 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 AAS degree from an accredited Arizona community college, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.
  • At least 6 units of Specialization Prerequisites
  • At least 18 units of BAS Requirements
  • At least 21 units of Applied Business Management Specialization Requirements

  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.

Students 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
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement 

The purpose of the BAS in Applied Business Management is to provide students with multi-modal delivery of a quality education as conveyed through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation in applied business management, general business, and the liberal studies. Given the requirement for significant coordination between multiple departments and firms, the program emphasizes communication, collaboration and teamwork, including virtual teamwork and its facilitating technologies. After laying a solid foundation with a course in the fundamentals of logistics, the program provides courses in supply chain management, operations management, and project management. To broaden the strengths of our graduates and better prepare them for success in the business world, these courses are accompanied by a carefully selected set of business courses. Courses emphasize pragmatic, real-world-relevant content and utilize realistic experiential assignments, including many complex team-oriented assignments, with the students regularly encouraged to apply the ideas and assignments to their employment or business. In the capstone course, students work with local business entities on a project aimed at utilizing all the skills gained in the coursework for this degree. The faculty, a mix of academics and experienced practitioners, are highly qualified following the guidelines of the ACBSP, with quality further promoted through a comprehensive outcomes assessment program as well as a mentoring program in which full-time faculty support and mentor part-time faculty.   

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Efficiently use business communication skills to identify a problem and communicate the solution to stake holders.
  • Link a project solution to the financial benefits.
  • Use team building skills in virtual and in-person contexts.
  • Identify ethical concerns in business management.
  • Identify how a project solution will improve business operations.

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.

  • To be admitted into a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) plan, you must have an associate degree, either completed or in progress, from a regionally accredited institution and the associate degree must be completed prior to the awarding of the BAS degree.

  • The associate's degree major or emphasis may be in any field within 10 years of your application to Northern Arizona University.

  • An Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) is required if you attended an Arizona Community College and must be completed prior to NAU degree completion.

Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a BAS Requirement.
    • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements.
    • Students who have completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) from an Arizona public or tribal community college, the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), or California State University General Education (CSUGE) from a California public community college are considered to have satisfied NAU’s Liberal Studies Distribution Blocks and Foundation requirements as well as the US Ethnic and Global Diversity requirements.
Transfer Block
    • 64 units in an associate degree transfer block. If you have been awarded an AAS degree from an accredited Arizona community college, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.
Major Requirements
  • This Applied Science Specialization, associated with completing an Associate’s Degree at a Community College, requires 45 units distributed as follows:

    • BAS requirements: 18 units
    • Specialization pre-requisites: 6 units
    • Applied Business Management Specialization Requirements: 21 units

    Take the following 45 units
  • BAS Requirements (18 units)
    • Designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills. Other courses many be used to fulfill the core elective block. Please Note: At least 15 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.

    • Communication Block (3 units)

    • Values, Ethics, and Policy Block (3 units)

    • Technical, Quantitative, Qualitative and Science Block (3 units)

    • Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a BAS Requirement.

  • Applied Business Management Specialization Requirements (21 units)

    A Specialization Milestone is required before students can access the Specialization courses. Verification of proper credentials is required for the Milestone. Please work with an advisor for more information.
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 of the academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. You may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you.

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