Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BASc) Applied Management Major


The Iowa Work Force Development in its Iowa Career, Industry, & Population Report indicates management of companies and enterprises as one of the largest growth categories, projected to grow 49.4 percent by 2020


  • Agricultural business/technology
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial technology
  • Sustainable/renewable energy
  • And more!


BVU’s applied management major is designed as a direct route from an associate of applied science degree to a bachelor’s degree. The subject matter weaves in only the necessary courses which emphasize strong management strategies to achieve organizational objectives in preparation for a leadership role. Specific topics include:

  • Balancing the ethical perspectives of strategy and structure
  • Experience curve cost reductions
  • Portfolio analysis and management

BASc Applied Management Major Prerequisites

These courses may be taken at the community college prior to or concurrent with enrollment in the BASc program (however, note that financial aid may only be awarded for study at one institution at a time).

  • ENGL 100, Written Communication I, or equivalent
  • ECON 206, Introduction to Macroeconomics, or equivalent 
  • ACCT 205, Financial Accounting, or equivalent

BASc Core (21 hours – at least 15 hours of which must be taken with BVU)

  • OBVU 300 BVU Seminar
  • OBVU 301 Art and Culture
  • COMM 355 Conflict Management
  • ENGL 305 Writing for Work
  • PHIL 336 Professional Ethics
  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management

BASc Major in Applied Management (39 hours)

If an equivalent course was taken at the AAS level, it may be replaced with any BVU course as agreed with the advisor.

  • COMM 370 Leadership Communication
  • FNBK 310 Finance for Managers
  • ACCT 310 Accounting for Managers
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies
  • BASC 492 BASc Applied Management Capstone
  • BASC 495 BASc Internship
  • 6 additional elective hours relevant to the focus of your AAS (see examples below)

BASc Applied Management Major Elective Examples

For example, an AAS in Wind Power or Renewable Energy would take the following courses:

  • ENVS 315, Environmental Policy and Regulation
  • GENS 320, Physical Geology

An AAS in a more people-centered degree like Hospitality Management would take the following courses:

  • MRKT 306, Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 340, Business Marketing

Major in BASc Applied Management in 15 communities across Iowa and online.

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Major Benefits

  • Evening and online classes with a cohort atmosphere
  • Includes a local or regional internship experience
  • State and federal grants available to those who qualify
  • Up to 68 credit hours transfer from community colleges
  • Available to those holding an AAS, AA, or AS degree

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