Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) | BAS & BLS
University of Iowa

BAS Degree Requirements

Earning a University of Iowa Bachelor of Applied Studies degree allows students the opportunity to select a variety of courses in thematic areas called Distribution Areas, instead of earning a major or minor. Optional pre-designed Emphasis Areas and Certificates are also available for students who want additional focus within their BAS degree.

In order to graduate from the University of Iowa with your Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) you must have at least 120 semester hours from all sources with a maximum of 60 semester hours, including career-technical course work, from your associate degree or two-year institution.

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Your 120 semester hours must include:

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

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

BAS students admitted prior to Fall 2019 must also have a Post-BAS Admission minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA.

Focus your studies with an Emphasis Area or Certificate

The BAS offers four optional Emphasis Areas for students wishing to focus their studies:

BAS students also have the option to supplement their degree with a certificate program which provides for a more targeted course of study: