Individualized Degree Programs

Individualized Degree Programs

The degrees described below are administered by faculty committees that approve course choices designed to meet the student’s goals. Degrees described here are:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree designed specifically for students who have completed Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees approved by the Idaho State Board of Education. The purpose of this degree is to provide AAS graduates the opportunity to expand their general education competencies and to enhance the technical coursework of their AAS with related academic coursework. This degree builds upon the knowledge a student gained through the pursuit of the AAS while providing the education and critical-thinking skills that open career opportunities. The BAS degree is administered through the Student Services Office in the College of Technology. All individual degree plans are approved by assigned advisors and a committee.

The BAS degree includes the following credit requirements:

Requirements for Robotics and Communication Systems Engineering Technology (3-year A.A.S)

Professional-Technical credits applied toward the BAS Degree76
General Education Requirements36
Academic Coursework (all upper division credits earned beyond coursework completed for A.A.S. degree)18
Total Credits Required (minimum)130

 Requirements for all Other ISU CTech A.A.S. Programs

Professional-Technical credits applied toward the BAS Degreeup to 50
General Education Requirements36
Academic Coursework (all upper division credits)36
Total Credits Required (minimum)120

A minimum of 12 credits must support the AAS technical coursework. All BAS students must earn a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in academic coursework for graduation. Non-business students are limited to total business credits equaling 25% of their credit total.  Upper division academic coursework must relate to the student’s approved goal statement. It is recommended that 24 academic credits be completed after degree plan approval.

Out-of-state AAS degrees must be evaluated for meeting Idaho State Board of Education standards. If the AAS degree is over 5 years old, the student must be evaluated for currency in technical field.

After completing a minimum of 15 credit hours of BAS general education requirements and one semester of the technical program, the BAS student develops an ­individualized degree plan in consultation with both academic and technical advisors assigned to the student by the BAS committee chair in the College of Technology Student Services Office. Based on the student’s concise and clearly written goal statement, the individualized degree plan will list the specific approved courses that meet the above described degree requirements. The degree plan and the goal statement must be approved by the BAS Committee.


Students earning the BAS degree will have a major of Applied Science unless they fulfill the requirements for the Paralegal Studies major listed below.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

Students seeking this degree must complete an AAS in Paralegal Studies.  A minimum of one semester of the AAS degree and 15 credits of general education must be completed prior to submitting a degree plan to the BAS Committee.

Students must complete a minimum of eighteen hours of academic course work from the following courses:

POLS 4441Administrative Law3
POLS 4442Constitutional Law3
POLS 4443Civil Rights and Liberties3
POLS 4445Jurisprudence3
POLS/ANTH 4478Federal Indian Law3
POLS/ANTH 4479Tribal Governments3
SOC 3310Introduction to Criminal Justice3
SOC 4431Criminology3
MGT 4461Business Law3
MGT 4480Labor and Employment Law3
Students must select an additional 18 upper division credits with an assigned BAS advisor and obtain approval for their degree plan from the BAS Committee.18

For information contact:

College of Technology Student Services
RFC Building (Bldg #48)

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

This is a non-specialist degree program designed to meet the needs of students interested in broadly-based education in the liberal arts. It provides greater flexibility and breadth in subject matter than provided by traditional degree programs. See the Associate Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Letters for advising in this program.

This degree requires completion of the following program:
8 of the 9 General Education Objectives36
Upper division credits in the fine arts and humanities and/or social and behavioral sciences20
Upper division credits from programs in the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education, College of Science and Engineering, or Division of Health Sciences20
Electives from across the university44
Total Hours120

Associate of Arts in General Studies

This degree requires completion of the General Education Requirements as outlined for the Bachelor of General Studies degree (above); 3 additional lower division credits in the arts and humanities; 3 additional lower division credits in the social and behavioral sciences; 6 additional lower division credits beyond the General Education Requirements from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Science and Engineering, or the Division of Health Sciences; and elective credits from all across the university (please consult the restrictions on graduation credits from certain groups, as defined under Credit Requirements in the Applying to Graduate section of the catalog) to total 64 credit hours.

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