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 in 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 training 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:
- Community development
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Certified public accountant
- Financial analyst
- Community college instructor
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.
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
- 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
Please note that 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|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Communicate business information professionally (oral and written).
2. Recognize and solve business problems in an ethical manner.
3. Understand core management principles (human resources, organizational behavior, global dimensions, information systems, and leadership, as well as accounting, finance, economics and legal environment).
4. Work well in teams, including virtual settings. Student learning will be assessed upon entry to the program (BBA 300) and upon completion of the program (BBA 490C), as well as a variety of intermediate levels, as well as self-assessment measures of student satisfaction in each class.
In addition, students will meet the following NAU learning objectives for global learning, consistent with the department and program mission statements:
1. Global engagement – Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human experience on a global scale.
2. Diversity – Understand and critically reflect upon the nature and consequences of diversity in both the social (e.g., ethnic, religious, cultural) world and the natural environment, and understand how this diversity both alters and is altered in a world characterized by increasing global interaction. 3. Environmental sustainability – Understand the importance of and options for environmental sustainability in local and global terms; understand the range of ethical perspectives concerning the uses of natural resources and the impact of these perspectives on creating a sustainable relationship to the natural environment.
Additional Admission Requirements
- 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'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 BAS degree.
Liberal Studies Requirement
- Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. 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 with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
- Students with a completed IGETC from California Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
Associate Degree Transfer Block
- 64 units in an associate's degree transfer block. If you have been awarded an AAS degree from an Arizona community college, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.
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. Some departments may require that you take specific courses from the BAS Requirements or may place other restrictions on the courses that the department requires. Please see departmental requirements for specific information. Other courses may be used to fulfill the BAS Elective requirements. Please note: at least 15 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.
Communication Block (3 units)
- Select one: COM 200, CCJ 345W, CST 314, CST 315, CST 424, CST 472, CST 475, CST 477, ENG 302W, ENG 305W
- Select one: BME 480, CCJ 333, PADM 325, PADM 326, PADM 327, PADM 401, PADM 421C, POS 325, POS 327, POS 344, POS 359, POS 421C, POS 428, SOC 334
- Select one: CCJ 315, CCJ 325, CCJ 380, CCJ 450C, HUM 371, HUM 373, PADM 411, SOC 301, SOC 333, SOC 339, SOC 441
- BBA 340, BBA 201, BIO 301, BIO 302, CCJ 355, PADM 355, PADM 356, POS 303, SOC 365, or any course with an MAT or STA prefix except MAT 101X, MAT 102X, MAT 108, or MAT 150
- Select 6 units from any of the unused courses in the above four B.A.S. Requirement blocks
- Administration Specialization Requirements (21 units)
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.)
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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