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Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) at Boise State University is a world-class, interdisciplinary degree that capitalizes on and complements your technical associate degree (AAS). You will learn in a supportive and stimulating academic environment while you prepare for challenging and rewarding professional opportunities, online or flex, a combination of on-campus and online. The BAS Degree builds on your technical expertise and is the perfect next step to advance your career.

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Among The Top In The Nation

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University can help open doors to opportunities and a promising future. Boise State’s online programs are specifically created for online learning and offer the same support as our traditional degree programs. They were also recently ranked in the top 15% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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Bachelor of Applied Science Program At A Glance

What Can You Do With A Bachelor of Applied Science Degree?

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is designed to help students with technical associate degrees creatively combine their ideas and experiences with new, interdisciplinary learning opportunities

1) to better understand context and discover new connections;

2) to create mindful, collaborative, and productive relationships; and

3) to become reflective and adaptive learners.

The BAS offers you a rare level of creative ownership and educational freedom—an opportunity to highlight your passions, complement your technical education, and consider careers.

The BAS focuses on both breadth and emphasis-level depth and asks you to either create a meaningful, compelling and individualized degree plan or select the Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis.

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We’re here to help! From deciding if an online degree is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

Please note, students are required to meet with a Student Success Coach before being admitted to the program.

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What Classes Will I Take?

The Online Applied Science degree curriculum shows the courses required for the program. In addition, University Foundations courses are required to earn a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. These foundation courses may be met through transfer coursework, or will be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State.

If you are not planning to transfer credits, the Online Degree Pathway or an associate degree from Boise State Online can help you get started.

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How Much Does This Program Cost?

The following is an example of the total program cost of a fully online student completing the 40 credits of program-specific courses required to graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science.

This estimate also assumes you begin the program as core-certified. Should you need additional courses to reach core-certification, additional course fees will apply.

Boise State Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee $50
Courses (40 total credits @ $350 per credit*)$14,000
Books (estimate)$1,500
Graduation Application Fee$20
Approximate Total Investment$15,570
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access which are all required for this program.Varies
To earn a degree from Boise State University, students must complete 120 credits; 43-46 credits are typically foundation courses. University Foundation courses and costs may vary.

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Can I Use My Experience Towards My Degree?

In the BAS program, you can potentially earn academic credit for the college-level learning you’ve done through your experiences outside of a traditional classroom in work and life.

By taking IPS 301, Prior Learning Portfolio Development, you can put together a portfolio that exhibits your background, experience and accomplishments, demonstrating the learning you’ve done and aligning it with upper-division elective course offerings.

Students who successfully challenge courses with their Prior Learning portfolios can earn from 3 to 15 credits through Credit for Prior Learning, saving time and tuition money on their degree.

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What Support Will I have?

The Boise State Applied Science program features a network of individuals who are here to make sure you are a success in the program! From Student Success Coaches who guide you through the admissions process, to advisors who help you overcome challenges as you navigate your degree plan, to faculty who spend time examining subjects and how they apply to your life outside of school, to staff who work to remove barriers for students and ensure as smooth a journey as possible for students, we are here to help.

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How Can I Tailor My Degree To My Interests?

Make your degree as unique as you are! Choose an emphasis area of courses, certificates or other programs to add to your degree based on your interests. Your personalized degree plan gives you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. 

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What Can I Do With My Technical Credits?

The Boise State BAS program is designed for those who want to leverage their technical credits, including members of the military, to get a bachelor’s degree.

Your student success coach will help you understand how to use your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) to get a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science (BAS).

Technical (Tech) Credits can apply to the BAS tech credit requirements and also the foundation credit requirements.

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Is The BAS Program Military Student Ready?

Yes! The Boise State Bachelor of Applied Science is equipped to accommodate military service members. Whether you are active-duty, a veteran, or a civilian, Boise State’s BAS is here to support you as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

  • We apply your military credits towards your degree
  • We collaborate with you while you’re deployed to accommodate your schedule
  • When using a combination of TA and TA Promise, your tuition may be 100% covered
  • The Bachelor of Applied Science is an approved AU-ABC program

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Is There An On-Campus Option?

Flex Track

If you’ve declared the Flex track (Bachelor of Applied Science) you have the option of picking upper-division courses out of any discipline to satisfy your degree plan requirements as long you meet the prerequisites for the course and you can justify how the course meets your goals.

In the Flex track the classes you select could be face-to-face, evenings/weekends, online classes, or a combination. You will work closely with your academic advisor to develop a plan that works for you.

Online Track

If you’ve declared the Online track (Bachelor of Applied Science – Online) you may select classes from the Online BAS curriculum. These classes look at topics that are useful in all fields of study, such as leadership and globalization.

You will work closely with your academic advisor in the online track to select courses that link to your goals.

How Can Your AAS Help You Finish Your Bachelor's Degree?

Each BAS student brings a lot of experience to the table when they start their path at Boise State. Our goal is to build on your education and experience to help you get ahead instead of feeling like you are starting from scratch.

Meet with a Student Success Coach to learn how our degree is structured to utilize your hard work and customize your remaining credits to meet your goals.

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Admitted Students - Schedule Advising

Once you’ve completed your program orientation, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Advisor. Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree.

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Boise State Online Applied Science students can be found across the nation.

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