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 to offer a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in applied business management, tentatively planned to start fall 2020. Pending accreditation approval, applications will be accepted winter or early spring 2020.

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 degree (business-related preferred), minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, and 2.3 GPA in business-related coursework.

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

These are a sample of classes needed to earn the BAS degree. Additional science and humanities classes may also be required. See an advisor for more information.

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Whatcom’s business administration AS degree offers ample flexibility!

Built on a solid foundation of business and business-related courses and with ample flexibility in elective choices, Whatcom’s business administration AS degree provides students with a broad education in general principles and skills that are beneficial in a wide variety of settings, particularly in the world of small business where employees and business owners often wear many hats.

Students may choose elective courses from defined pathways or they may speak with the program coordinator or an advisor to create a pathway that aligns with their specific needs, goals, and interests.




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