Business Administration (BAS)

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
Major: Business Administration
Program Code: 3170

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration combines the technical skills and business proficiency necessary for success in today’s business world.  A unique program, the BAS allows students who have already earned an associate of applied science degree to build upon their technical specialties with Essential Learning courses and junior and senior level business courses. This allows associate degree holders to gain a 4-year degree in approximately four additional full-time semesters, depending upon prior coursework.

Business courses to be taken include courses in marketing, promotion, management, accounting, finance, small business management and entrepreneurship.  Upon completion of the program, students will be technically and academically prepared for leadership positions in their chosen industries.

Prospective students not holding an associate of applied science degree can begin their college career at CMU in a chosen field of study with a 2-year degree and then progress to a 4-year degree using the BAS.  This degree will provide students upward mobility in their area of employment as they move into supervision/management positions. 

Formal admission to a BAS program requires completion of the appropriate AAS degree from an accredited institution. Any exceptions to this must be approved in advance by the department BAS advisor and the academic department head. All students must meet with the BAS advisor to plan and schedule all classes.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, students in this major complete a plan of study that fulfills our department mission and requires demonstrated comprehension of program specific learning outcomes. These are as follows:

Mission: As a student-focused teaching and research department, Colorado Mesa University’s Business Department prepares students to be sound decision makers and serves businesses in the Rocky Mountain region, the nation, and the world. We strive to develop prepared students who demonstrate strong ethical principles, superior critical thinking, effective communication, and robust business acumen.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply business knowledge and skills in appropriate business contexts (Critical Thinking) (SLO #1: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills)
  2. Transfer knowledge and skills to new business situations. (Critical Thinking) (SLO #1: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills)
  3. Analyze business data critically, reason logically, and apply quantitative analysis methods correctly to develop appropriate business conclusions. (Quantitative Fluency) (SLO #1: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills)
  4. Analyze business data critically, reason logically, and apply qualitative analysis methods correctly to develop appropriate business conclusions. (Critical Thinking) (SLO #1: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills)
  5. Communicate clearly, appropriately, and persuasively to the audience in writing. (Communication Fluency) (SLO #2: Effective Communication Skills)
  6. Communicate clearly, appropriately, and persuasively to the audience orally (Communication Fluency) (SLO #2: Effective Communication Skills)
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of teams in organizations (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning) (SLO #3: Teamwork)
  8. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with effective teamwork (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning) ​(SLO #3: Teamwork)
  9. Analyze an issue within an ethical framework (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning) (SLO #4: Ethical Awareness)
  10. Recommend a solution based on an ethical framework (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning) (SLO #4: Ethical Awareness)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 33 upper-division credits.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements. The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 (or higher) 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of "C" or better and must be complete by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 4 credit course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 1 credit applies to general elective credit.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(69 semester hours, must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

Required Business Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
CISB 241Introduction to Business Analysis3
or STAT 241 Introduction to Business Analysis
ENTR 300Small Business and Entrepreneurship3
or ENTR 450 Entrepreneurship
FINA 301Managerial Finance3
HRMA 371Human Resource Management3
HRMA 373Human Resource Management, Leadership, Ethics, and Social Responsibility3
MANG 201Principles of Management3
MANG 301Organizational Behavior3
MANG 471Operations Management3
MARK 231Principles of Marketing3
CISB 341Quantitative Decision Making3
Bachelor of Applied Science Core Courses
Select 36 semester hours taken as part of a state approved Associate of Applied Science degree36
Total Semester Credit Hours69

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on final transcript, not listed above to bring total semester hours to 120 and total upper-division hours to 33. 14 semester hours, 12 semester hours must be upper division.

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Select additional electives13
Total Semester Credit Hours14

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audits on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisors or academic department heads. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.