The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Management degree builds on an existing Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T), Associate in Arts, Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA), or Associate in Science (AS) degrees, adding upper division coursework to complete a four-year degree. Applicants are accepted year round. The program can be completed in a two or three-year track and online. Students can enter the program in the fall, winter, spring, or summer.
This degree is designed to provide program graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to move into management or supervisory positions or create new employment opportunities and entrepreneurial ventures in a rapidly changing global economy. The Bachelor’s curriculum includes a mix of required core management and general studies courses. After completing the first year of the program (45 credits), each student also completes a five-credit internship which is developed by the student and employer partner.
Career Opportunities and Earnings
Potential positions include management, accounting, project management, or entrepreneurial. Obtaining advanced academic degrees may lead to administrative positions in business administration, education, and management. The demand for managers should remain strong over the next decade.
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- Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and use the language, tools, concepts and models of management applicable to the professional/technical discipline
- Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and knowledge in a field specific context
- Demonstrate an understanding of management roles and the nature of leadership
- Apply the principles and philosophy of management systems
- Analyze systems for planning and decision-making
- Prepare and complete cost control processes including the ability to establish a budget, prepare cost reports, and forecast expenditures
- Employ new and developing information technologies
- Acquire, organize, analyze, and interpret information and data to make informed, reasoned, equitable decisions
- Identify and describe human behavior in an organizational setting
- Identify and analyze human resource systems for employment, compensation and training
- Institute and facilitate team-based problem-solving environments
- Develop and articulate a statement of values or code of ethics
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the community and an understanding of issues related to diversity
- Students in the BAS program have the advantage of a low faculty to student ratio.
- The BAS program does not currently have a waiting list.
- The BAS program curriculum is designed to prepare students for completing a Master of Business Administration or similar degree.
Students entering this program should have basic knowledge of a computer and touch-typing skills. It is recommended that online students complete HUMDV 101. Writing classes are embedded in the program. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the use of email are tools BAS students will use throughout the program. Those who are not familiar with or comfortable using those programs should locate online, self-study resources or consider enrolling in courses offered by the college. Students may need to complete prerequisite coursework prior to full admittance to the program.
- 5 credits of college math at the 100 level with a 2.0 GPA or better
- 5 credits of ENGL& 101 with a 2.0 GPA or better
- 5 credits of Humanities Distribution
- 5 credits of Natural Sciences Distribution
- Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) with 2.0 GPA or better
Approximate Additional Costs
- Request official transcripts from outside colleges (estimated): $20
- Books, supplies and miscellaneous fees: $2400
- Laptop computer: $1000
- Personal health insurance (recommended): $39- $190 per quarter
- Travel/Transportation: varies
Current tuition and fee information is published on the College website at pencol.edu or by calling the Student Services Office at (360) 417-6340.
Financial aid is available to all students who qualify. To learn more about these opportunities, visit pencol.edu/financial.
Applications for admission are accepted year‐round. Once accepted into the program, students may take courses fall, winter, or spring quarters. All required courses are offered online. To learn more about the application process, visit pencol.edu/applying-program/bas-application-form.
Note: This schedule is based on full-time enrollment for two academic years. Students who enter the program mid-year will adjust their schedules accordingly.
This course is intended for students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Management program where understanding the basic principles of financial and managerial accounting is essential in the successful execution of management responsibilities. The course defines financial statement interrelationships, financial analysis, product cost, budgetary control systems, and information reporting for the planning, coordinating, and monitoring of the performance of a business. This class may include students from multiple sections.
(Formerly BAS 310) People no longer work for a single organization for the duration of their career. With access to social media and the increased transparency into the quality of management and leadership in organizations, people can be more selective in the organizations they choose to work for. Additionally, society is placing an increasing value on work/life balance, diversity, and organizational justice. Entrepreneurs are experimenting with a variety of organizational structures that differ from the dominant pyramid structure with a single focus on shareholder value. In this course, students will learn management, leadership, and problem-solving techniques and be exposed to a variety of organizational cultures and structures. Learning about the variety of management and leadership styles and organizations allows students to determine what type of manager or leader they want to be or work for and what type of organization they want to work in. This class may include students from multiple sections.
Business writing course required for students seeking the four-year Bachelor of Applied Science, Applied Management (BAS) Degree. Production of business documents, including reports, proposals, letters, memos, essays, emails, and performance evaluations. Group projects and oral presentations. Review of business writing style, paragraphing, grammar, and document formatting. This class may include students from multiple sections.
An introduction to the traditional and emerging legal principles and theory involved in business management. Focus on how to manage employees and other relationships without stepping on legal landmines. Emphasis placed on preventative law as well as strategies to resolve workplace conflict without protracted litigation. This class may include students from multiple sections.
The preeminent business visionary, Peter Drucker, described marketing as one of the two most important elements of an organization’s success. This is true for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Although social media is a new and highly valuable marketing tool, social media needs to augment, as opposed to replace, marketers’ foundational tools of TV, radio, and print media. Additionally, with the bombardment of marketing messages combined with the elimination of commercials, it’s more difficult than ever for marketers to construct engaging messages and get them to the right audience. In this course, students will learn about and assess the benefits and disadvantages of traditional marketing tools as well as social media. Students will also compose stories that will generate both long-term brand loyalty and short-term sales. This class may include students from multiple sections.
Introduction to methods and applications of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics; summarizing data graphically and numerically, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and linear regression. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences, Elective)
If MATH& 146 is used towards your AA/AS/AAS/AAS-T degree, you will need to consult with the Program Director to find an acceptable elective to use as a course substitution.
An introduction to the application of financial management principles. Includes the analysis of financial statements for planning and control, cash and capital budgeting, risk and return, capital structure, and financing the short- and long-term requirements of the firm. Students will apply basic tools and techniques used to value a firm and evaluate and fund prospective investment opportunities. This class may include students from multiple sections.
In management, projects are major undertakings that have a limited duration (i.e., finite completion point) and, as such, require a unique approach for administration. Course covers the theory and practice of project management in the context of technical and human resource constraints. Students learn to apply the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques for project activities necessary to meet project requirements through the use of software and the approaches prescribed by the PMBOK. This class may include students from multiple sections.
This course explores human resource management as a way to achieve high levels of organizational performance. In this class, we will evaluate the strategic importance, ethical issues, and organizational impact related to the following areas of human resources: talent acquisition and talent management; organizational development; the legal environment of business; global HR; training and development; diversity; and total rewards (compensation and benefits). This class may include students from multiple sections.
Unique aspects of managing and growing small- to medium-sized businesses, including strategic and operational planning, ethical issues, organizational controls and tools, marketing management and techniques, financial analysis and accounting, risk management, human resource management, and international opportunities. This class may include students from multiple sections.
The discipline of Management Information Systems (MIS) bridges the gap between computer science disciplines and business disciplines such as marketing, strategic management, and finance among others. The term Management Information Systems encompasses a multitude of definitions depending on the source. The definition applied in this course is that MIS consists of technologies and processes that are used to collect and analyze data, convert it into information, on which a decision can be made, and then disseminate the information to the appropriate people an organization. This course will focus on such topics as information technology (IT) infrastructure, Enterprise Applications, databases as decision support systems, and others. This class may include students from multiple sections.
Managers will face many important and far-reaching decision making, ethical, and leadership situations in their professional lives. This course provides a systematic way to approach decisions, ethics, and leadership. It analyzes complex decision, ethical, and leadership problems by breaking them into manageable pieces and by providing important insights that will lead to clarity of thought and commitment to action. This class may include students from multiple sections.
BAS students will experience the links between management theory and practice through the application, in a work setting, of the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. They will demonstrate skills and knowledge in the focus area of their internship; effective management; time commitments and responsibilities of managers; the host organization’s structure, policies and practices; and interpersonal skills. This class may include students from multiple sections.
Credits: 1 - 5
Course explores strategic issues facing organizations, including top management decision making and social responsibility; environmental and industry analysis; establishing organizational mission and objectives; corporate, business and functional level strategy formulation; global and multi- domestic Strategies; strategic implementation and control; and integrating operations, finance, marketing and human resource strategies. Computer modeling to solve strategic problems is used throughout the class. This class may include students from multiple sections.
The internship credits may be started as soon as the student has reached 45 credits in the BAS program; students must complete a total of 5 credits of internship, or 165 hours (1 credit = 33 hours)