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New! Bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in applied business management

Whatcom Community College has been approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and by the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities to offer a new bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in applied business management.

The program will be offered beginning fall 2020 with all courses offered online and with robust on-campus student support and resources available.

This degree is specifically geared for the workforce needs of the variety of small to medium-sized growing businesses that make up the majority of Whatcom county’s employers. It will also serve budding entrepreneurs who wish to stay and grow their businesses in Whatcom county.

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.

Apply now!

To be eligible, students need to have an associate degree (business-related preferred) from any regionally accredited community or technical college, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, and 2.3 GPA in business-related coursework. Applications to this selective entry program are being accepted now (apply by April 3 for priority consideration).

Interested students can prepare now by taking any or all of the following lower division general education requirements of the BAS degree:

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL& 235 Technical Writing
  • CMST 245 Organizational Communication
  • MATH& 141 Precalculus I (or Math 145)
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • BUS& 201 Business Law
  • ECON& 201 Micro Economics
  • ECON& 202 Macro Economics
  • ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III


  • Do I have to complete a degree to start the BAS program or is it sufficient to have classes that apply toward it?
  • Can I apply to the BAS program even if I haven’t finished my associate degree?
  • Do I need to submit letters of recommendation to apply to the BAS program?
  • How current do my references need to be?
  • Which is the best path to the BAS program – the associate in science (AS) degree or the business DTA degree?
  • How many students will be accepted into the BAS program and when can they start?
  • Do I have to do the BAS program full-time?
  • When are applications to the BAS program due?
  • What resources are available to help with the $50 application fee?
  • Do I have to apply to the BAS program each quarter?
  • Will all classes in the BAS program be offered online, including the general education requirements?
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