Applied Studies, BS Curriculum

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Liberal Arts and Education
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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 B.S. degree.

Program outcomes: graduates will

Program Delivery

This program is available:

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. A specific program track in respiratory care is also available. Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Applied Studies Seminar
APLS 4652 - Applied Studies Seminar (2.5 cr)


Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)


Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


Applied Studies Options
Students either design a program with two fields of study, in consultation with an adviser, or they complete the respiratory care requirements.


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. The first area of study requires at least 27 credits of technical or occupational courses. The second area of study requires at least 18 credits of additional courses selected across the curriculum to meet specific career objectives. All courses must be selected in consultation with an adviser.
APLS 3001 - Individual Program Development (0.5 cr)
APLS 3900 - Internship/Field Experience (1.0-3.0 cr)
First area of study (27 credits)
Second area of study (18 credits)
Electives (need max of 26 credits)



Respiratory Care
Complete the requirements in the respiratory care sub plan.

Program Sub-plans

A sub-plan is not required for this program.

Respiratory CareRespiratory Care

Respiratory care program outcomes: graduates will

Courses taken at Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks, will be transferred in to complete the 1st area (23 credits) and 2nd area (31 credits) of study.

1st Area of Study
Courses taken at Northland Community and Technical College - minimum 23 credits: Biol 2221, 2252, 2254, Resp 1104, 1110, 1120, 1124


2nd Area of Study
Courses taken at Northland Community and Technical College - minimum 31 credits: Resp 2206, 2212, 2242, 2248, 2252, 2258, 2262, 2266, 2276


Students need to take a maximum of 20.5 credits of electives to reach the 120 credits needed for graduation.



The applied studies bachelor of science program is available online. Its requirements are identical with those of the on-campus B.S. program.

Requirements are identical with those of the on-campus B.S. program.