The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) is an online degree program designed for community college graduates who have earned at least 60 hours of college course work and who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree online.

It is a general undergraduate degree without a traditional academic major. Instead, students work with their academic advisers to structure programs that meet their individual objectives.

Students may incorporate an optional Emphasis Area or online certificate program into their BAS studies. 

See the Distance and Online Education Website for course information.

Course Work

Course work for the BAS degree includes earning at least 12 s.h. of credit—including 6 s.h. of upper-level credit—in three of these areas:

  • Humanities (e.g., literature, history, philosophy, religion)
  • Communication and arts (e.g., journalism, speech, drama, art, music)
  • Natural sciences and mathematics (e.g., geology, biological sciences, statistics, computer science)
  • Social sciences (e.g., geography, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology)
  • Professional fields (e.g., business, education, nursing, social work, library science)

Students also are required to complete the Bachelor of Applied Studies Core Requirements.

You also must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00 in the following calculations:

  • Overal GPA (combined transfer and UI work)
  • University of Iowa GPA
  • Upper-Level GPA

After admission to the University of Iowa, one of the following residence requirements must be met: at least 90 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa, or 45 of the final 60 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa, or the final 30 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa. 

For a complete listing of the requirements for the BAS degree, refer to the University General Catalog.

Admission Requirements

This degree program is designed for students who plan to earn an associate degree from a community college and then follow up with online courses from the university.

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Scholarships for BAS students are available through UI Distance and Online Education. Also review the scholarships for transfer students on the Admissions website.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences indicating the Bachelor of Applied Studies program as your degree objective.


Online/Off-campus Program(s)
Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS)
Areas of Emphasis
Creative Writing
Human Relations
Justice Studies
Political Science