The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree is designed for students who have already earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a regionally accredited institution, and would like to use that degree as a first step toward earning a baccalaureate degree. Using the A.A.S. degree as a base, the B.A.S. degree at Montana State University-Northern includes additional general education core coursework, a program of study in some selected area, and a minimum number of credits at the 300 – 400 level. The program of study typically builds on courses and the specialized study completed for the A.A.S. degree.
The specific requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree at MSU-Northern are as follows:
an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from a regionally accredited institution; that degree must have at least 60 semester credits;
at least 60 semester credits beyond the A.A.S. degree;
30 of those credits described in 2 above from Montana State University- Northern;
successful completion of the general education core for a baccalaureate degree at MSU-Northern. The general education core for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree is the same as a general education core for all baccalaureate programs at MSU-Northern. Credits earned as part of the A.A.S. degree may be used to satisfy this requirement, but only if they would be accepted as appropriate coursework for any other baccalaureate general education core at MSU-Northern. PLEASE NOTE: Although Board of Regents policy 301.10 almost certainly would not apply to the coursework completed by a student for an A.A.S. degree, students should ask about the Montana University System General Education Transfer Policy to determine its applicability to their work on a B.A.S. degree at Montana State University-Northern;
at least 30 credits in some program of study; the specific credits to satisfy this requirement will be worked out with a faculty member in the program of study;
at least 39 of the credits at the 300 or 400 level; those upper division credits can be part of the program of study, the general education core coursework, or any elective credits that the student chooses to take;
a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a grade point average of 2.25 in the program of study;
no more than 9 credits of independent study courses (designated X92).