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Applied Studies

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies is a very individualized program of study. This major is customized to meet your individual career needs, and it can build on your past college course work as well as occupational or program credits. If you have previously completed a minimum of 60 credits, this may be your shortest track towards a nationally recognized University of Minnesota Bachelor of Science degree. Our faculty and staff will work with you to help you define your personal, career, and educational goals and combine those with the options available through UMC to achieve your goals and help you advance your career.

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Key Features

Key Features

  • The bachelor of science degree program in Applied Studies meets individual needs whose educational objectives cannot be met through traditional degree programs. Students work extensively with academic advisors to develop an individually custom-built program of study or they complete the respiratory care requirements.
  • This program is especially convenient for students who transfer with a certificate, diploma, or associate degree in an occupational field. Transfer students into Applied Studies have found that most of their previous technical or community college credits were accepted into their degree program. The experienced faculty advisors were able to help them map out the shortest legitimate route to a bachelor of science degree.
  • This degree program is available online and on-campus.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view current Applied Studies, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
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The Applies Studies major offers one area of emphasis:

  • Respiratory Care



Often students enroll in the Applied Studies baccalaureate program because they are seeking advancement in their current career field, including Respiratory Care and ROTC Officers.

Student Stories

Student Stories

DeAndra O'Connell NavratilFor 2014 graduate DeAndra (O’Connell) Navratil, a class with Associate Professor Katy Chapman sparked a future career or at least influenced it. Soon to be a graduate student at Auburn University in Alabama, the Grand Forks, N.D., native has been working this summer (2017) with Crookston City administrator Shannon Stassen as part of an internship focused on urban planning. With a degree in Applied Studies and an emphasis in Environmental Science, Navratil stacked her resume with learning experiences that would eventually make her a strong candidate for graduate school, although at the time, she was not conscious of it. Learn more.


"I am [a former] Admissions & Financial Aid Representative at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Some of my job duties include recruitment of new students; campus events manager; plan, organize, and implement Academic Advisement & Registration. I was originally majoring in Accounting. Half way through my senior year, after being an orientation leader, I decided that I wanted to work in a college setting with students. It was at that point that I switched to Applies studies. 

I was then able to use the credits I had already taken yet focus on what my future plans were. I was allowed to focus on my future plans yet use my previous educational courses to fit my needs. I really enjoyed it! I was given the opportunity to explore 3 different areas of interest and put them into 1 degree!" 

~ Katie Olson, Alumnus - Applied Studies

"I am currently an Assistant Scientist in the Soil department of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. In this position I manage a wet chemistry lab providing analysis in support of research projects.

I used the applied studies program to refocus my educational background and unite two different programs, from two different universities, leading to a targeted degree. I took an associate degree from UMC in Science and Technology, and two years of study at UND in the Medical Technology program, added management and pathology classes from UMC to create a custom fit program in Laboratory Sciences. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995.

After graduation I secured a job in the quality control lab at the North Dakota State Mill as Laboratory Technician. From there I came to NWROC when the soils lab was being developed.

The applied studies program was a perfect fit for me. As an older student working toward a new career, I didn’t want to waste time or money while getting my degree. I made use of previous educational programs and combined them in a practical program directed toward my ideal job."

~ Kim Hoff, Alumnus - Applied Studies

"The programs flexibility was great for me because I got the classes that were, and still are useful to me, not what an accreditation committee said would be useful to me. I transferred from a two year institution in North Dakota (North Dakota State College of Science) with a AAS in Architectural Drafting and Estimating. I had looked at quite a few University construction management programs and was not impressed. Schools in the area had rather low standing in the industries eyes, had pour customer service, or were not advertised very well. My advisor from NDSCS said I should check out UMC because of my experience and computer interest. I came up for a tour and met some people and thought it was a nice small campus, with a big time name attached. The customer service was nice and I was hooked. From the classes I took at NDSCS in Architectural drafting and estimating, my seven years of construction experience at the time, and the management and technology courses I took at UMC I created a degree that was made outside of the box yet fit in the box very nicely."

~ Christopher Haux, Alumni - Applied Studies

"I believe this program is best suited for those individuals that have a two-year degree and would like to be on a fast track to obtaining a four-year degree. The program will provide the flexibility of selecting the areas they would like to develop into a Bachelor of Science degree.

This satisfied my need to obtain a higher degree and at the same time I became more marketable because now I would not only be an Avionics Technician, but I would be an Avionics Technician with a B.S. degree along with INM and Management skills. This also satisfied a need to be diverse and allowed me the option to explore the job market in three areas not just one."

~ Michael Hanson, Alumni - Applied Studies

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

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