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WCC to offer online bachelor of applied science degree in applied business management beginning fall 2020

Post Date:06/27/2019 10:48 am

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College has been approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to offer a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in applied business management beginning fall 2020. Pending accreditation approval by the Northwest Commission on Community Colleges & Universities, applications will be accepted winter or early spring 2020. The degree will help meet the workforce needs of growing small- to medium-sized businesses that make up the majority of Whatcom County employers, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. The degree builds on WCC’s associate in science – business administration degree, as well as related associate degrees in hospitality and tourism, accounting, and finance. Courses will be offered online with on-campus support and resources available. Core coursework includes professional communication; human resources and marketing for managers; financial management; private enterprise, profits and social justice; business strategy and sustainability; and organizational leadership. To be eligible, students need to have an associate’s degree (business-related preferred), minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, and 2.3 GPA in business-related coursework.

This is the College’s second BAS degree, which offers more educational options for Whatcom students at a lower price than a typical university bachelor’s degree. The first cohort of WCC’s first BAS degree in IT networking – cybersecurity graduated this spring. For more information and to sign up for updates, visit

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers a bachelor of applied science degree, transfer degrees, career preparation, online courses and community education classes. WCC’s accomplished faculty and staff serve 11,000 students annually. For more information, visit

Contact: Marisa Ellis, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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