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University of Iowa News Release

July 22, 2005

Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) External Degree Program To Be Offered

A new distance education degree program at the University of Iowa has been  approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.  The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree, granted by the University College, will be administered through the Division of Continuing Education's Center for Credit Programs. Initial enrollments are scheduled to begin in time for the fall 2005 semester.

"The BAS is designed for working adults with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Science (AS) degree who have at least three years of work experience," said Chet Rzonca, UI associate provost and dean of Continuing Education.

The program provides an option for those who wish to extend their formal education without interrupting their careers to attend traditional on-campus classes.

The UI is the first public university in the state to offer a bachelor's degree program developed for all community college graduates who have earned AAS or AS degrees. The degree will be offered statewide with courses delivered via the Web. As the program grows, it will be expanded to offer blended instruction in cooperation with selected community colleges to provide both the convenience of web instruction and additional student-instructor interaction.

Courses offered by Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa may also be used to meet degree requirements.

"The program should be of particular interest to employees in technical areas who need advanced training or a four-year degree in order to expand their employment opportunities," Rzonca added.

Because the program does not have departmental major requirements, BAS students may use an interdisciplinary approach to complete coursework in a chosen focus area, or they may integrate one of two certificate programs into their degree work--the Public Health Certificate offered by the College of Public Health or the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies offered by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Tippie College of Business.

For more information about program requirements and to learn how to apply, interested persons should contact Angela Ward at the Center for Credit Programs by telephone at 800-272-6430 or 319-335-2755 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Angela Ward, 319-335-2755,