Applied Studies - Bachelor of Applied Studies

The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree promotes the mission and purpose of NMSU by making available flexible degree options and by providing a pathway of study for community college graduates with technical and applied degrees from an accredited institution. The BAS degree helps minimize credit loss for associate degree graduates when pursuing a baccalaureate degree at NMSU. The student population targeted for this program differs significantly from traditional degree programs at NMSU. The BAS offers opportunity for current and prospective students, and welcomes those employed full-time, completing their upper division coursework at a distance, veterans, active duty military personnel or active duty family, transfers from other institutions or returning to college after time away.

To Declare a BAS

Students entering the BAS program are required to:

  • Have an Associate of Applied Science or a similar degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have completed the English and Mathematics Basic Skills Requirements of NMSU (see Regulations - Basic Academic Skills
  • Declare the BAS degree by the last date to drop with a "W" in a student's final semester of study (see the NMSU Academic Calendar for date)

Degree Requirements

  • Complete the total number of credits as determined by your academic advisor (Note: a maximum of 30 credit hours in course subjects offered by the NMSU College of Business may be counted towards the degree).
  • Pass all courses approved with a grade of C- or higher

To graduate from the Bachelor of Applied Studies program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours (or more, depending on your program of study)
  • Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-499 level) including six hours of Viewing a Wider World from two separate colleges at NMSU
  • Complete a minimum of 36 upper-division credit hours beyond General Education Core requirements with a grade of C- or better
  • Complete the university's general education core requirements (at least 35 credit hours of approved New Mexico Common Core courses)
  • Not have completed the requirements, or be a candidate, for another baccalaureate degree