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Applied Studies B.S.

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education
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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 51
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The applied studies program addresses the needs of individuals whose educational objectives cannot be met through traditional degree programs. It provides a professionally accommodating entry point for students with previous educational and technical competencies to develop an individualized bachelor of science degree. Students are not allowed to complete this major if they have previously earned a baccalaureate degree or are currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Program outcomes: Complete an individually tailored course of study that builds upon prior education and experience Demonstrate technical competencies in selected areas of study in an internship setting Demonstrate skills in communication, problem solving, and working with others in a capstone experience Meet career development goals related to achieving a baccalaureate degree
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 60 credits before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Students develop a program of study selected to meet career goals. Students must complete 40 upper-division credits. A maximum of two D grades are allowed for core courses required in the program and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution.
Self-Designed Program
Students complete at least two areas of study, with at least one area having an occupational direction. Technical courses taken at a technical college may be used to complete one area of study. All courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.
APLS 3001 - Individual Program Development (1.0 cr)
APLS 3900 - Internship/Field Experience (1.0-3.0 cr)
APLS 4652 - Applied Studies Seminar (2.0 cr)
First Area of Study
First area of study courses must be technical or occupational.
Take 27 or more credit(s) from the following:
· First Area of Study Course
Second Area of Study
Second area of study courses can be selected across the curriculum to meet specific career objectives.
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· Second Area of Study Course
Liberal Education
This program requires a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education and completion of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The following are specific required liberal education courses.
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 9 credit(s) from the following:
· COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· Choose one of the following:
· COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Students must take 3 credits of any Computer Application (CA) Courses.
CA 1xxx
or CA 2xxx
or CA 3xxx
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
The applied studies bachelor of science program is available online. Its requirements are identical with those of the on-campus bachelor of science program.
Requirements are identical with those of the on-campus bachelor of science program.
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APLS 3001 - Individual Program Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Developing degree outcomes relevant to individual career objectives, designing an individual program of study for the Applied Studies baccalaureate degree, and setting future career goals. The course also includes topics such as APA writing format, campus and University-wide policy, and student services.
APLS 3900 - Internship/Field Experience
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience in selected sites. Reports and consultation with faculty adviser and employer. prereq: 3001, adviser consent
APLS 4652 - Applied Studies Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.5]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Capstone course. Students present projects demonstrating integration of fields of study, general education, work experience, and computer applications. prereq: 3001, within 1 semester of graduation, adviser consent
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts/skills of communication used in social/career contexts. Perception, listening, verbal/nonverbal, climate, conflict.
COMM 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who do not need professional-level general chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, chemical equations, quantitative relationships, phases of matter, solution chemistry, chemical dynamics, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction process. prereq: High school algebra, high school chem
PHIL 1001 - Introduction to Philosophy (HUMANITIES, ETH/CIV RE)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical introduction to three fundamental questions of philosophy: What can I know? What can I believe? What ought I to do? Emphasis on developing ability to think, speak, and write critically.