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Bachelor of Applied Science Classes and Scheduling

The Bachelor of Applied Science allows you to take classes 100% online or take a combination of online and in-person classes. You will work with your advisor to build a custom degree plan with concentrations tailored to your interests.

You can either build your own degree plan or choose an emphasis area in business administration, cyber operations essentials, early childhood education, health administration (additional fees apply), project management, public health and resort and hospitality management.

Content on this page is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

Selecting a full-time or part-time schedule

Multiple start dates are available throughout the academic year, and you can take classes on a part-time or full-time schedule that works for you. Students attending full-time can complete the program in as little as one year.

Before deciding on a full-time or part-time schedule, ask yourself:

  • Do I have seven to nine hours per week, per class to devote to studying?
  • What other obligations currently require my time?

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Applied Science is a 120-credit program that includes the following:

  • Required Courses – 12 credits.
  • (Option One) Concentration Courses – 28 credits. Choose 18 credits from one or more concentrations and 10 credits from upper-division electives. Concentration(s) must be approved by your advisor.
  • (Option Two) Online Emphasis Area Courses – 28 credits. The following emphasis areas are available for students taking classes online: business administration, cyber operations essentials, early childhood education, project management, public health and resort and hospitality management. Health administration emphasis courses are available completely online but are subject to additional fees.
  • Electives – 0 to 23 credits.
  • Technical Education Credits – 20 to 48 credits. These may be from a technical associate degree (AAS or equivalent), an advanced technical certificate (ATC), or an intermediate technical certificate (ITC) awarded by an accredited institution.
  • University Foundations Courses – 37 credits. These general education credits may be met through transfer coursework or will be incorporated into your degree plan.

Review the following table for details on required courses.

Course NumberTitleCredits
BAS 305Introduction to the Bachelor of Applied Science2
BAS 495Bachelor of Applied Science Capstone2
IPS 315Integrative Learning2
IPS 375Perspective Taking3
IPS 385Asking Questions and Framing Problems3

Boise State maintains authorization to offer online programs in Idaho and beyond. Detailed information about state authorization is available on the eCampus Center website.

Note: 493 Internship, 494 Conference or Workshop, and 496 Independent Study are limited to a combined total of nine credits.

Classes and Scheduling Options

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

BAS 305 Introduction to the Bachelor of Applied Science

Explore academic and career goal-setting, the connection of theory to practice, academic culture, academic integrity, the vital nature of an academic support community and the qualities of a reflective and adaptive learner.

BAS 425 Creating a Culture of Safety

Study of safety as a vital element of human behavior in society, business and industry. Examines the safety responsibilities of leaders, managers and supervisors, focuses on developing skills in planning, implementation, awareness, monitoring and risk management and covers governmental influence, hazard awareness and control, operational considerations in the workplace, accidents and planning.

BAS 495 Bachelor of Applied Science Capstone

Complete and present an integrative capstone project and a culminating self-evaluation.

IPS 315 Integrative Thinking

Explore the theory and practice of integrative thinking and the skills and strategies necessary to develop an integrative mindset, to integrate personal histories and experiences with new ideas and to become a reflective and adaptive learner.

COREQ: Upper-division standing, or BAS305 or IPS305, or PERM/INST.

IPS 375 Perspective Taking

Examine an issue from multiple perspectives and learn to broadly and accurately grasp other viewpoints, to identify the differences between them, to discover the common ground they share and to evaluate their soundness.

COREQ: Upper-division standing, or BAS305 or IPS305, or PERM/INST.

IPS 385 Asking Questions and Framing Problems

Question a practical problem holistically to identify its conditions and costs, to discover new connections and relationships and ultimately, to recognize, understand and clearly articulate its breadth and complexity.

COREQ: Upper-division standing, or BAS305 or IPS305, or PERM/INST.

Elective Courses

IPS 301 Prior Learning Portfolio Development

Discuss and apply prior learning frameworks and methods for presenting experiences outside of a traditional classroom as verifiable college-level learning. Create a Prior Learning Portfolio, which includes an educational narrative, a skills-based prior learning resume and relevant supporting documentation, and earn academic credit by taking the program-prepared challenge exams for specific courses.

IPS 310 Finding Professional Purpose

This course is designed to help students develop a clear understanding of their professional purpose. Students will explore their values, interests and skills, and learn how to articulate their unique contributions to the workplace.

COREQ: Upper-division standing, or BAS305 or IPS305, or PERM/INST.

IPS 320 Designing Your Work Life

This course uses the principles of design thinking to help students discover and use frameworks for crafting a work life that is meaningful, fulfilling and aligned with their professional values and goals.

COREQ: Upper-division standing, or BAS305 or IPS305, or PERM/INST.

IPS 392 Readings in Professional Studies

Readings-based course that allows students to work with faculty to design their own course of study focused on the professional skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Students will work with the instructor to develop a personalized reading list and assignment schedule that aligns with their career goals. Repeatable up to 6 times.


IPS 410 Case Studies in Leadership

Introduces and analyzes effective leadership styles. Leadership practices and models are applied to case studies. Through various forms of reading, writing, presentations, video and/or multi-media, students will apply theories to assess their own leadership style and identify styles of popular companies/people. Completion of LEAD 325 is recommended.

IPS 420 Globalization

Introduces the historical and modern phenomenon of Globalization. Various themes in globalization will be studied, including: economics, national powers, history, trade, environment, religion and education. Each module will introduce particular aspects of globalization.

IPS 430 Ethics

Examines universal ethics principles and standards practiced across various disciplines. Exploration of personal and professional conduct and social responsibility in the light of existing ethical, moral and social values across disciplines will also be discussed. Designed to enable students to form individual positions on ethical conduct and social responsibility, this course both identifies and applies ethical principles to real world situations.

IPS 440 Project Management and Design

Develops a foundation of concepts that support the project management process groups required for successful implementation and completion of a project. Principles and applied techniques of effective planning, communication, risk, schedule and cost management are major themes discussed in this course.

IPS 450 Creativity and Collaboration

Explore and apply the elements of a creative and collaborative mindset to generate original and adaptive solutions to challenging problems. Review and practice the stages of the creative process, from risk to revision, and set individual goals to develop more deliberate and productive creative collaborations.

IPS 460 The Practice of Wellness

Explore the eight dimensions of wellness and their connections, from support networks and stress management to physical and financial wellness. Evaluate personal well-being, enhance self-awareness and set goals to create a holistic personal growth and wellness plan.

COREQ: Upper-division standing, or BAS305 or IPS305, or PERM/INST.

IPS 490 Community-based Learning Project

Explore the dynamics of community development, social impact and solution-driven community collaborations. Apply community-based learning principles, theories and practices to create a meaningful partnership and community-based or service-oriented project with a local organization, nonprofit or community group

PREREQ: Upper-division standing or PERM/INST.

IPS 493 Internship

A supervised on-site or remote experiential learning opportunity. Deepen critical knowledge areas, enhance professional skills and reflect on applied work experiences and academic and professional goals. Internships can be in any field or area of interest and require the approval of the Internship Coordinator. One credit equals 45 hours of on-site or remote field work. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits.

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Online Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis Courses

CORE 400 Cyber Systems Thinking

An introduction to systems thinking, lateral thinking, and resilience thinking as they relate to cybersecurity. Topics include understanding the complexity/interconnectedness cybersecurity, applying lateral thinking in solving cyber problems, interacting among people, processes, and technologies, and managing disturbances/surprises/uncertainty to be more resilient.

CORE 450 Cyber Threat Intelligence

Study and experimentation of platforms, open source tools, and techniques for cyber threat intelligence. Connection between cyber threat intelligence and risk assessment. Advanced practicum in artificial intelligence applications in cyber threat intelligence.

CORE 460 Cyber Resilience Systems Design

A study of resilient systems, networks and infrastructure design on the ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises.

CORE 470 Cyber Risk Management

An overview of cybersecurity risk management frameworks and practices. Students will model cybersecurity risks and apply both qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods.

CPS 301 Information Assurance and Critical Thinking

Topics related to business needs and requirements, information assurance, information security, risk management, logic, communication and critical thinking in cyber-security or cyber-physical systems security. The course also examines the components of a comprehensive information assurance plan, day-to-day operation enterprise risk management, NIST cybersecurity framework, and NIST risk management framework.

CPS 401 Defensive Security

Provides a baseline of fundamental knowledge of defensive security. Includes systems engineering, scripting, cyber-informed engineering, cyber-kill chain, cloud security, MITRE ATT&CK human elements, logging, detection, prevention, monitoring, policies, programs, and procedures at different levels of an information system. Discusses creating and assessing security architectures, including DoDAF, SABSA, and MORDA.

CPS 402 Offensive Security

Discusses the tools and techniques used to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a lawful and legitimate manner, along with the tools and techniques to strengthen security of systems. Discusses network mapping, cloud security, scripting, basic IETF protocols and analyze how they work and how they have been exploited.

CPS 403 Recovery and Forensics

Introduces the techniques and skills needed in computer forensics and data recovery. From the use of enterprise computer forensics tools to analyze trace evidence left behind by unauthorized access.

CPS 412 Foundational Essentials for IT Cybersecurity Practitioners

A guided course with the goal of obtaining industry relevant certification. The objective is to obtain cybersecurity certification with the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to identify and address potential threats, attacks and vulnerabilities and establish techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.

Online Early Childhood Education Emphasis Courses

ED-ESP 221 Foundations of Professional Practices: ECE/ECSE

Principles and practices of early childhood education/early childhood special education. Developmentally appropriate practices in the teaching/learning process of young children with and without special needs, in natural learning environments.

ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development

Growth and development from birth through eighth grade, addressing physical, cognitive, communication, adaptive, social, and emotional domains. Emphasis on the role of the families as well as individual differences in the study of human development. Includes applied assignments and experiences.

ED-ESP 360 Environments and Observation in Early Childhood

Exploration of quality indoor and outdoor learning environments, emphasizing the roles of children’s learning, adult engagement, and the environment as the third teacher. Focus on the integral role that observation plays in assessing children’s interests and understanding in order to intentionally design environments that provoke wonder, exploration, collaboration, and hands-on learning. Students will also learn about and apply documentation design to make children’s learning visible.

ED-ESP 361 Place-Based and Outdoor Education in Early Childhood

Exploration of the role of place in young children’s development. Students will explore opportunities to use surrounding landscapes and communities to educate the whole child by integrating cognitive, social and motor development in the context of place. Focus on outdoor, inquiry-based learning with all young children.

ED-ESP 362 Fieldwork in Early Childhood: Place-Based Education

Weekly applied fieldwork in an early childhood setting. Emphasis on implementation of place-based education principles and practices.

ED-ESP 363 Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Childhood

Examines the role of play and inquiry in all young children’s lives, their learning and development. Focus on curiosity and wonder in guiding early STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing children’s interests to engage in an iterative design thinking process that encourages children to ask questions, test theories and synthesize big ideas.

ED-ESP 364 Fieldwork in Early Childhood: Inquiry-Based Learning

Weekly applied fieldwork in an early childhood setting. Emphasis on implementation of inquiry-based learning practices.

ED-ESP 365 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education

Examines current topics related to leadership and advocacy in the delivery of inclusive, inquiry-based early childhood education. This course explores leadership as a means of inspiring, guiding and effecting change. Students will be introduced to Action Research methodology. Action research or advocacy project required.

Online Project Management Emphasis Courses

COID 264 Project Management I: Start, Plan, Run

Learn foundational project management terminology and gain a deeper understanding of the role and responsibilities of a project manager. Create effective project documentation and artifacts throughout the various phases of a project. Develop an immersive understanding of the practices and processes used by project managers to lead, plan, and implement critical projects to help their organizations succeed.

IPS 440 Project Management and Design

Develops a foundation of concepts that support the project management process groups required for successful implementation and completion of a project. Principles and applied techniques of effective planning, communication, risk, schedule, and cost management are major themes discussed in this course.

PRO 401 Project Management

Project management methods, processes, and software. Students apply project management knowledge and skills to develop a Project Management Plan.

PROJMGT 300 Project Management Fundamentals

Provides foundational knowledge necessary to join a project team and serves as the first step on your path to a project management career. The course introduces you to the importance of projects, the language of project management, and builds your confidence to work in project environments.

PROJMGT 301 Project Management Documentation

Develops competency in the use of project management software, project scoping and planning, meeting processes, presentation of ideas, and overseeing processes for project completion. Experience in project management documentation and preparation of materials for the certification test.

PROJMGT 350 Project Management Specialization

Builds upon foundational knowledge and documentation skills including advanced capabilities and specialization on agile management, risk management, scheduling, data analysis, and leadership in project management. This course prepares you to specialize in a knowledge and skill area within project management.

PROJMGT 493 Internship

Internship credits are earned in supervised fieldwork specifically related to a student’s major. To enroll in courses numbered 293 or 493, a student must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or higher. No more than 12 credits of internship and/or Work U may be applied towards graduation requirements.

PUBH 420 Strategic Planning and Project Management

Terminology, concepts, and forms used in both strategic planning and project management. Focuses on the similarities and differences between strategic planning (short and long term planning) and project planning (specific business activity that has a beginning and end).

SCM 435 Project Management

Fundamental project management concepts and tools are introduced including project planning and scheduling, PERT/CPM, project tracking and control risk assessment, and resource utilization.


Boise State maintains authorization to offer online programs in Idaho and beyond. Detailed information about state authorization is available on the eCampus Center website.

More Program Details

Applied Science Emphasis Areas

Online Business Administration Emphasis

100% Online

Online Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis

100% Online

Online Early Childhood Education Emphasis

100% Online

Health Administration Emphasis

Online or Hybrid

Online Project Management Emphasis

100% Online

Online Public Health Emphasis

100% Online

Online Resort and Hospitality Management Emphasis

100% Online

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