Bachelor of Applied Studies

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BVU’s bachelor of applied studies program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s or comparable degree and who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Program Description:

The bachelor of applied studies program is designed to enable professional advancement and provide personal satisfaction to individuals seeking more advanced levels of leadership. A minimum of 36 credit hours at the 300/400 level from BVU combined with the previously completed program is required. Students electing to complete this degree must satisfy all other requirements for graduation, including intellectual foundations and intellectual explorations. The program is a general undergraduate degree without a traditional academic major. Instead, students are able to structure programs that meet their individual objectives. 

Employment opportunities include: 

  • Agricultural business/technology
  • Sustainable energy/renewable energy
  • Hospitality management
  • Industrial technology
  • Wellness, exercise science and leisure services
  • Social and digital media communications Curator
  • Politics
  • Journalism

 

  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Le Mars
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Bachelor of Applied Studies Requirements

For students who have received an associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied arts, or a comparable degree from a foreign institution with whom Buena Vista University has entered into agreement, the bachelor of applied studies degree offers students an opportunity to earn a degree at the baccalaureate level. For the B.A.S. degree, a minimum of 36 credit hours at the 300/400 level from BVU combined with the previously completed program is required. Students electing to complete this degree must satisfy all other requirements for graduation, including intellectual foundations and intellectual explorations. These courses may count toward the required 300/400 level courses necessary for the degree. Storm Lake students must also complete the requirement for the Academic and Cultural Event Series. A 2.000 GPA from Buena Vista is required for all students. A “major” is neither completed nor listed on their transcript, only the bachelor of applied studies degree. Therefore, the requirement for hours outside the major/school is eliminated. Students completing a B.A.S. degree must satisfy each of the six BVU objectives via a course taken at BVU or equivalent transfer course. 

Admissions criteria for the Bachelor of Applied Studies program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Bachelor of Applied Studies program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java (Java.com). Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).

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