BAS with an Emphasis in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at the University of Montana (UM) is designed for individuals who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and want to pursue additional education to strengthen their planned or previous training and improve career advancement opportunities. As such, students pursuing the BAS build a tailored degree plan that suits their specific academic and professional goals.

Up to 50 technical credits earned as part of an AAS degree may count towards the total credits required for the BAS. A maximum of 20 technical credits, on the other hand, may be counted in the total number of credits required for the other baccalaureate degrees at UM (i.e. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees).

Any courses taken as part of the AAS that can count towards UM General Education Requirements (e.g. certain writing, psychology, math, and communication courses) are not considered technical and, hence, are not included in this 50 technical credit maximum.

Students who have completed an AAS degree with at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA are eligible to pursue the BAS at UM. The AAS degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution for higher education. The degree requirements for the BAS degree include completion of:

  • A minimum of 127 total earned semester credits
    • 30 of the 127 total required must consist of an upper-division student tailored degree plan curriculum
    • 39 of the 127 total required must be upper-division; this total number includes all credits taken as part of the degree plan curriculum
  • All UM General Education Requirements

As part of the BAS curriculum, students must develop a degree plan. Due to the nature of the BAS, many plans are interdisciplinary in nature (i.e. consist of courses from multiple disciplines).

It is important to understand that the BAS degree does not identify a specific discipline major. Even though some plans may consist of courses from one discipline (e.g. communication studies, psychology, geology), the student is NOT a Communication Studies, Psychology, or Geology major. Hence, the BAS student’s transcript and diploma will not indicate a specific major. Although this plan of study includes over 50 credits of Computer Science coursework, it is NOT a Computer Science degree.

Pathway Plan of Study

In finishing the AAS degree in IT - Network Administration & Security, the student completes 36 credits of Information Technology courses & 15 credits of Computer Science courses. Under this plan of study, the student completes an additional 36 credits of Computer Science courses (27 upper division credits) and all general education requirements at UM to accumulate 129 credits in earning the Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

The BAS degree is a partnership created through collaboration between faculty from the Department of Applied Computing & Engineering at Missoula College and the Department of Computer Science (endorsement) at the University of Montana.

Graduates of the program possess an unique set of skills and abilities in the fields of Information Technology and Computer Science. Graduates from this BAS degree plan will be well-poised to assume technical roles in the Cybersecurity workforce.

Year 1 - (All courses taken at Missoula College Campus)

Fall Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Fall Semester semester, Year 1 - (All courses taken at Missoula College Campus) year.
CourseCredits
CSCI 105 Computer Fluency3
ITS 150 CCNA 1: Exploration3
ITS 165 OS Commands and Scripts3
M 121 College Algebra(3)
Or M 151 Precalculus(4)
WRIT 101 College Writing3
Total Credits15-16 credits

Spring Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Spring Semester semester, Year 1 - (All courses taken at Missoula College Campus) year.
CourseCredits
BGEN 105S Introduction to Business3
CSCI 135 Fundamentals of Computer Science3
CSCI 172 Intro to Computer Modeling3
ITS 210 Network OS - Desktop3
ITS 280 Computer Repair and Maintenance3
ITS 289 Professional Certification A+1
Total Credits16 credits

Upon completion of the 1st year, the student graduates with the Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Computer Support

Year 2

Fall Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Fall Semester semester, Year 2 year.
CourseCredits
*** CSCI 136 Fundamentals of Computer Science II3
CSCI 215E Ethics in Computer Science3
ITS 152 Cisco Networking II3
ITS 212 Network OS: Server Administration3
ITS 222 Enterprise Security3
** ITS 298 Internship2
Total Credits17 Credits

Spring Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Spring Semester semester, Year 2 year.
CourseCredits
* COMX 111 Introduction to Public Speaking3
ITS 214 Network OS: Infrastructure3
ITS 250 Cisco Networking III3
ITS 252 Cisco Networking IV 3
ITS 271 Securing Desktops and Mobile Devices3
*** M 162 Applied Calculus4
Total Credits19 Credits

* Students may choose to complete COMX111A during summer session due to avoid excessive credit load.

** It is recommended that students complete the field experience portion of the Internship during summer.

*** These courses are not required for the AAS degree, but are strongly recommended to be completed during the second year of the program as they are pre-requisite for upper division Computer Science courses.

Upon completion of the 2nd year, the student graduates with the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in IT - Network Administration & Security

Year 3 (All courses taken at UM-Missoula Mtn Campus)

Fall Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Fall Semester semester, Year 3 (All courses taken at UM-Missoula Mtn Campus) year.
CourseCredits
CSCI 106 Careers in Computer Science1
CSCI 232 Data Structures4
CSCI 323 Software Science3
GER Elective (Persepctive N) Natural Science I w/Lab4
M 225 Discrete Mathematics4
Total Credits16 credits

Spring Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Spring Semester semester, Year 3 (All courses taken at UM-Missoula Mtn Campus) year.
CourseCredits
CSCI 205 Programming Languages4
CSCI 332 Algorithms3
CSCI 361 Computer Architecture3
GER Elective (Perspectives HX) Upper Division 3
GER Elective (Perspective N) Natural Science II3
Total Credits16 Credits

Year 4

Fall Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Fall Semester semester, Year 4 year.
CourseCredits
CSCI 315E Computer Ethics3
CSCI 426 Advanced Programming I3
CSCI Elective Upper Division3
GER Elective (Perspective Y) Upper Division3
General Elective Upper Division3
Total Credits15 Credits

Spring Semester

This table gives the recommended course load for Spring Semester semester, Year 4 year.
CourseCredits
CSCI 427 Advanced Programming II3
CSCI Elective Upper Division3
CSCI Elective Upper Division3
GER (Perspective L) Upper Division3
General Elective Upper Division3
Total Credits15 Credits

Upon completion of the 4th year, the student graduates with the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree.