Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree is for students who hold an associate degree and want to take the next step in furthering their education.  With an associate degree, students transfer in 60 credits, entering the program with “junior” status.  Students then complete the following coursework to earn the BAAS degree with a minimum of 120 credits.  

Courses are offered on campus, online or through distance learning from University of Wisconsin College campuses and UW System four-year partner institutions: UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Superior.

Note: The University of Wisconsin Colleges Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences completion degree program is currently suspended.  As of January 18, 2018 UW Colleges is no longer accepting new student admissions to the UW Colleges Bachelor Applied Arts and Sciences completion degree program.

Admission Requirement - 60 credits

Liberal Arts Associate Degree OR Applied Associate Degree (may need to complete additional general education requirements)

BAAS Degree Requirements

Professional Experience - 6 credits

  • UW Colleges Internship course (repeatable)
  • One or more UW Colleges Service-Learning courses

Global Studies - 9 credits

  • UW Colleges Core Course, The World in the 21st Century
  • Two UW four-year partner institution courses

Cognitive Skills - 9 credits

  • UW Colleges Core Course, Creative & Problem Solving
  • Two UW four-year partner institution courses  

Global Studies, Cognitive Skills or Electives

  • UW Colleges approved courses - 9-27 credits
  • UW four-year partner approved courses - 3-18 credits

UW Colleges Capstone Senior Seminar - 6 credits

Prior Learning Assessment, up to 6 credits (Optional) 

BAAS credit breakdown – 60 credits

  • 40 credits upper division
  • 15 credits (minimum) earned through UW four-year partner institutions

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED - 120 credits minimum

BAAS Concentrations

Students in the BAAS degree program may elect an academic focus for their degree and select one of six concentrations, including:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Health & Wellness
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Sustainability

Note: Students with an applied associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college or other institution may need specific coursework to satisfy the University of Wisconsin Colleges core and breadth general education requirements of 32-38 credits. See the Wisconsin Technical College transfer guide or contact a BAAS Advisor for details.