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.
When should I start applying to universities?Four-year schools have varying admission deadlines. Please refer to university websites for specific deadlines and application requirements.
Can I transfer to an out-of-state college?
Yes. Many schools outside of Washington State accept our transfer degrees. We suggest contacting your prospective university early to learn how your WCC credits may be accepted.
How can I get help with my university admissions essay?
Attend a WWU Personal Statement Writing Workshop! Even if you’re not applying to WWU, this workshop will give you lots of great tips that you can use in any admissions essay. These events are usually offered during fall and winter quarters-check the college events calendar for more info. The WCC Writing Center (CAS 112) is a also great place to get help with your admissions essay. Writing Center staff can help you with all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to editing.
Should I pick a major before transferring to a university?
YES! Selecting and preparing for a major while you’re at WCC can help to strengthen your university admissions application. It will also help you maximize your time and your money at the community college and university. Some majors (especially sciences, engineering and business) have prerequisite courses that you can and should be taking while at community college.
What transfer degree is right for me?
The transfer degree you pick will likely depend on what type of major you’re preparing for. For example, if you’re interested in studying business, we suggest the Associate in Business MRP/DTA. For a science/engineering track, check out the Associate in Science Transfer degree. The Associate in Arts & Sciences-DTA can be customized for a variety of majors including humanities, social sciences, and education. We recommend meeting with an advisor to help you select the degree that best fits your educational and career goals.
How do I order official WCC transcripts?Utilize our online or in-person transcript request process. http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu/student-services/registration-student-records/transcript-requests
I’m not sure what I want to major in; how can I get help?Check out the “How to pick a major” link to the right. Consider taking Psych 105 (career search class), Co-op 180 (preparing for work experience), utilize the resources in the Career & Transfer Center (LDC 116), or make an appointment with the transfer advisor (360-383-3080).
How will my Whatcom Community College credits transfer?
Information about how Whatcom credits will transfer to a four-year college or university can often be found on the respective college's website. Please view the Degree & Major Information page for a list of popular Washington State colleges and universities.
What grade point average (GPA) will guarantee that I am admitted to the university of my choice?Unfortunately, there is no magic number, but a good GPA does impact your ability to be admitted to certain universities and certain programs. Check with the university and the department to find out minimum requirements and GPA averages for students who are admitted. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from Whatcom.
What is S/U grading?S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) is usually requested by students when a letter grade may negatively impact their GPA or when they are taking a class because of interest and do not want a letter grade. Any regular letter grade course can be changed to S/U grading at the registration window through the 8th week of the quarter. Students should think carefully before making this choice. Many universities will not accept S/U grades for courses which are used to meet general university requirements if transferred outside of the AAS degree. Also, many departments do not accept S/U grading to meet departmental course prerequisites. Before signing up for S/U grading, check the transfer policies and departmental policies at the university or college you plan to attend.
How is a "W" grade viewed?A "W" grade is recorded when a student officially withdraws from a class. One "W" grade is not usually a problem but a pattern of "W" grades may influence your ability to transfer to the college or university of your choice. Whatcom has a policy to alert you if you receive more than 21 credits of non-completion grades and you will be encouraged to discuss your situation with a college advisor. Sometimes, students register for more credits than they can handle and end up dropping a course or two each quarter. It is far better to enroll for less credits and complete them successfully than to enroll for more credits than you can handle. "W" grades are not computed into your GPA at Whatcom.
What about a "V" grade?A "V" grade on your Whatcom transcript generally means that you stopped attending class, didn't withdraw and the instructor gave you a "V" grade instead of an "F". A "V" grade is not computed into your GPA at Whatcom. However, some colleges and universities (like Western Washington University) will calculate the "V" grade into your GPA. If you are in doubt as to why you received a "V" grade, you should contact your instructor. Check with the college or university you plan to attend if this is an issue for you.
Can I repeat a course at Whatcom?A student may repeat any course that is not designated as repeatable for credit up to a maximum of 2 times (this is defined as two repeats in addition to the original enrollment.) Whatcom computes the GPA with the highest grade point value for any course that is repeated. If a student notifies the registration office by completing a "Repeat" card, the symbol "R" will be placed next to the grade of the other course and the credits and grade points for that course will not be calculated into the overall GPA on the transcript. Colleges and universities vary widely as to how they will view repeated courses and how they will compute the GPA. Many colleges and universities average the grades and the grade points for both courses. Check with the college or university you plan to attend before you repeat a course.