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.
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?You will need to have successfully completed at least an associate degree prior to starting the BAS program.
Can I apply to the BAS program even if I haven’t finished my associate degree?Absolutely, as long as you anticipate successfully finishing your associate degree prior to the BAS degree start date; i.e., finish no later than summer quarter for a fall start.
Do I need to submit letters of recommendation to apply to the BAS program?No, all we need are two professional (e.g., supervisor – work, volunteer, military) and/or academic (e.g., professor, teacher, guidance counselor, research or group project partner) references. You may choose to also submit letters of recommendation with your application, but they are not required.
How current do my references need to be?Ideally, they should be within one year, though they can go further back, particularly in cases where the professional or academic relationship was extensive.
Which is the best path to the BAS program – the associate in science (AS) degree or the business DTA degree?With proper planning, an associate in science degree is an excellent path to the BAS program. If you are pursuing this option, meet with an academic advisor for assistance with streamlining your path. If you are just starting out with the intent of pursuing the BAS degree, you may prefer to go through the business DTA degree, as it is the most direct path and also opens up options to transfer elsewhere, should you later choose to do so.
How many students will be accepted into the BAS program and when can they start?At this time, we will be accepting a maximum of 30 students to start each fall quarter.
Do I have to do the BAS program full-time?No. However, be aware that core classes are offered only once annually. If you opt to do the program part-time, you should prioritize the upper division core courses first.
When are applications to the BAS program due?For the fall 2020 program, applications should be submitted by April 3, 2020 for priority consideration. Applications received after that date will be considered only while spots remain available.
What resources are available to help with the $50 application fee?Check with Whatcom’s Financial Aid office to see what resources may be available to you.
Do I have to apply to the BAS program each quarter?No, once you are accepted into the program you do not have to apply again and you are guaranteed a spot in the core program classes. You do, however, still need to register for your classes each quarter.
Will all classes in the BAS program be offered online, including the general education requirements?
Yes. However, note that the lower division general education requirements are open to all Whatcom students and you are not guaranteed a spot.