Bachelor of Applied Science

Admission to this program is restricted to students holding an Associate of Applied Science degree.

University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Develop professional messages for a variety of audiences.
  • Deliver professional messages in written and/or oral form.
  • Apply ethical standards to decisions and practical challenges relevant to their emphasis area.
  • Analyze professional, civic, and social problems in order to design solutions relevant to their emphasis area.
  • Examine the factors defining cultural identities from multiple perspectives.

UMKC Essentials (0-21 of the following hours will need to be completed based on transfer credits)

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE) (fulfilled through BAS Common Core)
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose (may be fulfilled with AAS degree)3
or MOTRENGL 110 MOTR Technical Writing
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
MOTR Small Group Communication
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (choose one of the following):3
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Statistical Reasoning
Precalculus Algebra
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Subscore of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Subscore of 660 or higher
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)3
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV) (fulfilled through BAS Common Core)
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE) (fulfilled through BAS Common Core)
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Bachelor of Applied Science

A maximum of 60 hours of technical credit (TECH 1000) may be used for the degree.

A&S 311Experiencing UMKC (Satisfies GEFSE Course)1
Ethics & Leadership (select one course from the following):3
Professional Ethics
Ethics and Government
Professional Communication (select one course from the following):3
Advanced Public Speaking
Persuasive Communication
Group Dynamics
Organizational Communication
Fundamentals of Writing for the Media
Professional and Technical Writing
Civic and Urban Engagement (GECUE 300-level course)3
Culture and Diversity (GECDV 300-level course)3
Emphasis Area (selected from Health Services Management; Business and Organizational Leadership; Data Analytics; Digital Media; or Digital and Public Humanities) 18-27
Total Credits31-40

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Health Services Management Emphasis Area

Bachelor of Applied Science Common Core13
Coursework for Health Services Management Emphasis Area
HLSC 101Introduction to Health Sciences2
HLSC 300Diversity in Health3
HLSC 310Healthcare Systems3
HLSC 430Health Program Management (prerequisite of HLSC 310)3
HLSC 440Ethics and Policy of Public Health Promotion3
HLSC 480Leadership and Management in Health Professions3
Select 1 additional course (3 credit hours) from the following:3
Urban Health
Global Health
Technology, Marketing and Media in Health
Total Credits33

Business and Organizational Leadership Emphasis Area

Bachelor of Applied Science Common Core13
Emphasis Area Prerequisite (could be fulfilled through UMKC Essentials)3
Precalculus Algebra (or MATH 120 or higher; or ALEKS score of 61 or higher)
Coursework for Business and Organizational Leadership Emphasis Area
ACCTNG 210Introduction To Financial Accounting3
MIS 202Computer Applications In Management3
or COMP-SCI 101 Problem Solving and Programming I
MKT 324Principles of Marketing3
FIN 325Financial Management3
MGT 332Principles of Organizational Behavior3
Select 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the following:9
Entrepreneurial Mindset and Opportunity Recognition
Effective Business Communication
International Management
Information Management
Customer Insights
Sales Management
Personal Selling
Project Management
Total Credits40

Data Analytics Emphasis Area

Bachelor of Applied Science Common Core13
Emphasis Area Prerequisites (some could be fulfilled through UMKC Essentials)6
Elementary Statistics
Discrete Structures I
Coursework for Data Analytics Emphasis Area
COMP-SCI 308Computational Thinking and Programming3
DSOM 311Business Analytics II3
MIS 459Data Wrangling3
STAT 340LIntroduction to Data Visualization1
STAT 355LIntroduction to Diagnostic Analytics1
STAT 360LIntroduction to Predictive Analytics1
STAT 400Machine Learning and Statistical Modeling3
Select 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:6
Data Stories & AI Experience
Data Visualization
Graph Theory with Applications (Graph Theory with Applications)
Data-Driven Modeling (Data-Driven Modeling)
Mathematical Modeling
Spatial Data Analysis
Internship: Management
Internship/Practical Training in Mathematics or Statistics
Total Credits40

Digital Media Emphasis Area

Bachelor of Applied Science Common Core13
Coursework for Digital Media Emphasis Area
Select 6 courses (18 credit hours) from the following:18
Digital Video and Motion Design
Graphic Design and Typography I
Graphic Design and Typography II
3D Modeling and Animation
Broadcast and Digital Media Presenting
Podcast and Audio Production
Principles Of Advertising
Principles Of Public Relations
Language, Literacy, Power
Rhetorics of New Media
Composing Digital Environments
Film Adaptation
Art of the Short Film
Total Credits31

Digital and Public Humanities Emphasis Area

Bachelor of Applied Science Common Core13
Coursework for Digital and Public Humanities Emphasis Area
ENGLISH 477DHStudies in Digital Humanities3
HISTORY 379Museums, Monuments, and American Life: An Introduction to Public History3
Select 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the following:9
Rhetorics of New Media
Multimodal Writing and Rhetoric
Technical Communication
Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Text Technologies
History of Technology
Oral History
Archival Methods
Art Museums: History and Practice
At the end of their course of study, students will select one internship/practicum experience (3 credit hours) from:3
External Internship
Publication Practicum
Publication Practicum
Archival Internship
Public History Internship
Total Credits31