UW-BC First Campus to Offer Pathways Option to WTC Students

By Barb Lang

Students with an associate degree from any UW College or Wisconsin Technical College can now use that degree to complete a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree at UW-Barron County.  


This fall is the first time technical college associate degrees can count as the first 60 credits toward the BAAS degree. Other associate degrees may also be eligible and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


The BAAS is unique in many ways:

  • Students enroll in core courses taught in person on the UW-BC campus and can select BAAS courses from UW-Stout, UW-Superior, UW-Parkside and UW-La Crosse.
  • It was built on research with employers, and courses were developed to respond to the list of essential workplace skills employers said they want. This includes problem solving and decision making, working in teams and good communications skills.
  • BAAS students complete professional experience requirements that provide internship and community-based learning opportunities.  This adds a practical dimension to classroom learning and can lead to employment opportunities.

“We’ve had significant interest in this new degree, and people have many reasons for making it their degree of choice,” said BAAS advisor Deb Neuheisel. “These are students with families and jobs. They want to earn a bachelor’s degree with UW quality close to home, and they like that the BAAS is flexible and practical.”

For example, some students want to explore career options, others want to establish networks in a field they’ve already chosen. Students can also work with employers to choose the best courses for career progress or specific workplace needs.  

For more information or to apply for the new BAAS degree please contact the UW-Barron County Student Services Office at 715-234-8176, ext. 1 or email deborah.neuheisel@uwc.edu.



Deb Neuheisel