Applied Science, BAS
Bachelor Of Applied Science
This program is for you if you hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from a regionally accredited institution and seek to supplement the technical skills you acquired through your AAS with knowledge and experience that can prepare you for a managerial or supervisory role.
With its combined focus on business and science skills, the BAS prepares you for such careers as:
- Office manager
- Human resource manager
- Hospitality manager
- Allied health professional
- Construction and safety manager
This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.
To graduate with the BAS, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may apply 60 to 64 credit hours from your AAS to Indiana University. You then complete 56-60 credit hours of courses from IU, with at least 30 credit hours at the 300- and 400-level.
Requirements are broken down as follows:
1. General education courses (30-42 credit hours)
Some of these will likely transfer in from your AAS. You will complete the rest through IU.
2. Applied science courses (48-51 credit hours)
These will all be transferred in from your AAS.
3. BAS core courses (18 credit hours)
You will take all of these from IU. Rather than choosing from a specific list of courses, you will have the flexibility to choose from a range of courses that meet defined learning outcomes. See "BAS Core Courses" below.
4. BAS track courses (12 credit hours)
You will take all of these from IU. Rather than choosing from a specific list of courses, you will have the flexibility to choose from a range of courses that meet defined learning outcomes. See the "Courses You'll Take" tab.
5. Electives (0-12 credit hours)
Some will likely transfer in from your AAS. You will complete the rest through IU.
BAS Track Courses
As a BAS student, you must choose from one of three tracks: healthcare management, sustainability studies, and individualized.
You take courses related to the track you choose. These include a capstone course that helps you integrate what you have learned.
A. Healthcare Track
The healthcare management track may appeal to you if you hold an AAS in one of the many healthcare fields, such as medical assisting, healthcare support, paramedic science, and medical laboratory technology.
As a student in this track, you take courses that prepare you to:
- Compare and contrast the US healthcare system (including reimbursement) with other systems around the world.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, legal, financial, and political factors that influence the provision of health services in the United States.
- Evaluate access to, and the cost of, US healthcare (including reimbursement practices) for different types of care.
- Effectively assess and implement improvements in clinical care, customer service, and human resource planning in a healthcare setting.
- Integrate knowledge and skills and apply to health management issues or challenges. This is the capstone course.
B. Sustainability Studies Track
The sustainability studies track may appeal to you if you hold an AAS in a science field, especially in biology, chemistry, ecology, geosciences, or other similar fields.
As a student in this track, you will learn to:
- Describe how environment, society, and economy are interrelated and impact each other;
- Articulate how your educational experience applies to work and career choices;
- Apply principles of sustainability to innovatively solve problems and implement sustainable practices
C. Individualized Track
Choose the individualized track if you hold an AAS in a field other than healthcare or the sciences. The individualized track is highly flexible.
As a student in the track, you take courses based on your interests, backgrounds, and needs. These courses prepare you to:
- Demonstrate your ability to think critically in the fields you study.
- Effectively present central ideas, issues, and methods of inquiry specific to the fields you study.
- Apply knowledge and skills from general education, the BAS core, and the individualized track to issues or challenges in your area of technical expertise.
The following examples show how you might tailor this track to meet your individual needs.
- If you have an AAS in Criminal Justice and want to advance your career in criminal justice, you might work with your advisor to design an individualized track that includes 300- and 400-level courses in criminal justice, public affairs, psychology, and sociology.
- If you have an AAS in Design Technology and want to change careers, you might select courses in web development and graphic design.
- If you have an AAS in Advanced Manufacturing and want to become a supervisor or manager, you might choose courses in human resource development, communication, and other management skills.
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