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 onsite.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view current Applied Studies, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Applied Studies, BS Curriculum

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

Applied Studies Student Stories Jean WhalenJean (Fischer) Whalen, first attended the University of Minnesota Crookston in the late 1970's and graduated in 1980. From starting out as a freelance court reporter and eventually to a short-term contract for the United Nations as an official court reporter in Rwanda...her experiences have had a profound affect on this alumna. Because Whalen values education, she came back to the U of M Crookston as an online Applied Studies student and eventually graduated in 2009. Read "Taking a Written Account" from the Summer 2010 Torch magazine article.

The UMC Online Advantage

The UMC Online Advantage

Personal, Prestigious 

Earn a prestigious University of Minnesota degree in an affordable, close-knit campus setting. The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most esteemed. As a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M, Online offers access to world-class teaching, learning and research resources, as well as enhanced internship and undergraduate research opportunities. As a graduate, your diploma features one of the most respected names in higher education.

Individual Attention and Mentorship

You expect an education that not only focuses on your needs but also allows your talent and interests to shine through. The dedicated faculty and staff at the U of M, Online serve as true mentors, offering prompt personalized attention catered to an online learner. You will have the opportunity to communicate with advisers and other students by participating in discussions, and other interactive tools to give you an exceptional educational experience.

A Technological Edge 

The University of Minnesota, Online allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. You will have the flexibility to access your courses 24/7 without having to worry about leaving work or home to get to class. The U of M, Online utilizes a broad variety of technological tools that make learning online easy! Employers consistently report that the U of M, Online graduates they hire are extremely well prepared for the demands of today's technological workplace.

Global Perspectives

As a University of Minnesota, Online student, you have the opportunity to study abroad! The U of M, Online through the Crookston campus has made it a priority to promote an understanding of diversity and global perspectives and to offer you the resources, programs and activities necessary for you to succeed in today's global economy. Our international recruitment efforts bring students from more than 20 countries, and our Study Abroad program offers more than 300 opportunities for you to study in 67 different countries. There are also numerous cultural activities and clubs to participate in. We offer many ways for you to expand your worldview, gain international experience, and make connections with people from across the globe.

Applied Learning and Internships 

Learn and do! Online learners have the opportunity to participate in hands on internships. Our internship programs give you the chance to practice the principles and theories you've learned in your courses and make contacts with potential employers that are near you. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is also available to all students and allows online learners to design and conduct research as an undergraduate!

No Out-of-State Tuition and Transfer-Friendly

The U of M, Crookston is the affordable choice for anyone! Whether you live just across the border, across the country or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same as those who live in Minnesota. We offer an incredible value that's also extremely transfer-friendly. Our staff will work with you to make sure your credits count. Our faculty advisers will personally talk with you about career goals, degree interests and review your records to develop a plan, and our transfer specialist will help make the process as smooth as possible. 

Excellent Job Placement

The Crookston campus has a reputation for a job placement rate of more than 93% for students in their field of study within six months of graduation. Some programs on our campus have even a higher rate of placement.

Online Faculty

Online Faculty

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Awards & Recognition

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