Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science open house to be held


An Informational Session about the new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) Degree that begins this fall at UW-Barron County will be held Tuesday, August 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the UW-BC Commons. Optional customized appointments can also be scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

“This is the first bachelor degree ever offered at UW-Barron County,” said Deb Neuheisel, BAAS advisor/coach. “It has been many years in planning and is a great option for individuals who want to complete their bachelor degree for career advancement or personal goals and prefer not to leave the area.”

The BAAS was originally designed as a completion degree for students who have completed a UW Colleges or other liberal arts associate degree. However, many other students have expressed interest, said Neuheisel. For example, some applicants have an applied associate degree, others have college credits but have not yet earned an associate degree. These students may request a free transcript evaluation to determine what additional credits could change their eligibility.

Of the 60 credits in the BAAS degree, 30 credits are offered in Rice Lake on the UW-Barron County campus and 30 credits are offered online through UW-Stout and UW-Superior, the two UW partners in this unique degree option.

Overall, the BAAS concept and courses focus on cognitive skills, global studies and professional experience with internship and service learning to prepare students for professional lives and careers. UW-BC students can also select from four optional concentrations of study—communication, leadership and project management, diverse society, and sustainability.

This fall two evening courses will be offered on UW-BC’s campus. They are “Creativity and Problem Solving,” a cognitive skills course taught by UW-BC Professor Mary Hoeft and UW-Marshfield English Professor Julie Tharp, and  “Gender and Communication,” a service learning course taught by Professor Nichole Kathol.

Students can apply now by going to the UW application website— —and selecting the BAAS option. The UW Colleges registrar and UW-BC Student Affairs process each application using admissions standards governed by UW Colleges policies.

To register for the August 6 BAAS Informational Session or to arrange an appointment contact UW-BC Student Services at 715-234-8176, prompt  #1, or email


Deborah Neuheisel
715-234-8176 ext. 5445