If you earned your associate's degree and are looking for a streamlined way to upgrade to a bachelor's degree, the Bachelor of Applied Studies program might be for you. Through the program, you'll take upper-level and general education courses to round out and expand your education to the baccalaureate level. The degree is designed for students who have earned an associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied arts, or comparable degree from a foreign institution with whom Buena Vista University has an agreement.
For students who have received an associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied arts, or a comparable degree from a foreign institution with whom Buena Vista University has entered into agreement, the bachelor of applied studies degree offers students an opportunity to earn a degree at the baccalaureate level. For the B.A.S. degree, a minimum of 36 credit hours at the 300/400 level from BVU combined with the previously completed program is required. Students electing to complete this degree must satisfy all other requirements for graduation, including intellectual foundations and intellectual explorations. These courses may count toward the required 300/400 level courses necessary for the degree. Storm Lake students must also complete the requirement for the Academic and Cultural Event Series. A 2.000 GPA from Buena Vista is required for all students. A “major” is neither completed nor listed on their transcript, only the bachelor of applied studies degree. Therefore, the requirement for hours outside the major/school is eliminated. Students completing a B.A.S. degree must satisfy each of the six BVU objectives via a course taken at BVU or equivalent transfer course.