Future Students | BAS & BLS

Earn an ONLINE degree from the University of Iowa!  The interdisciplinary curriculum in the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) and Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) programs allow you to shape your degree to fit your educational goals.  You can choose to supplement your degree with a variety of ONLINE Certificate programs.

We are proud to have over 35 years experience in offering high quality Distance Education degree programs. We offer two degree programs through University College.  Both programs may be completed entirely online, or with a combination of on-site and online courses, affording you the flexibility to complete your degree at a pace that works for you, whether that’s one course at a time or as a full-time student.

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The online BAS is designed for community college graduates seeking to complete a four year degree. 

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.

BAS Distribution Areas:

  • Humanities
  • Communication and Arts
  • Natural Sciences and Math
  • Social Sciences
  • Professional Fields

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The online BLS provides a focused degree for students balancing professional growth and busy lives.

Earning a University of Iowa Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree allows students the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses within different UI departments as they complete a required track, instead of earning a major or minor.  Beyond completion of a required track, optional Certificates are also available for students who want additional focus within their BLS degree.

BLS Tracks :

  • Expression in Writing and Arts  
  • Family, Community and Social Support 
  • Global Studies
  • Health and Human Studies
  • Justice and Ethics 
  • Organizational Studies

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