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Applied baccalaureate degrees are distinguished by a focus on serving the needs of adults who already hold an associate’s degree and now desire to pursue a bachelor’s degree in order to advance their careers or, in some cases, to change careers. Most commonly the associate’s degree held by the adult is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS). These degrees provide the knowledge and skills needed by students to start a career immediately after completing the degree rather than preparing them to continue to upper division courses and a bachelor’s degree. It is easiest to consider the scenario where those who have received an AAS degree, started a career based on this degree, and later have decided that they would like a bachelor’s degree. These adults may have some of the following career aspirations:

  • To increase their responsibility level but remain focused on a technical career.

  • To move into supervision or management.

  • To obtain the advantages associated with a liberal arts degree including general broader knowledge and more advanced thinking and problem solving skills, possibly including a desire to continue to pursue a graduate degree.


Admission to the Applied Baccalaureate degree program

The A.B. degree is NOT open for the traditional student who is currently enrolled at WOU (e.g., a student who started higher education at WOU or a student who earned a transfer degree such as an AAOT). Admission into the A.B. degree track at WOU requires the student to meet the following conditions:

  • Student has either completed and Associate of Applied Science Degree (or other terminal/non-transfer associate degree)


  • Has a minimum of 60 quarter units toward an Associate of Applied Science degree (or other terminal/non-transfer associate degree).

Placement of transfer units into the A.B. curriculum will be determined in consultation with the academic advisor for the specific A.B. program.

Students who have pursued and/or have completed an Oregon Transfer Module (OTM), Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree or an Associate of General Studies degree (AGS), are not eligible for admission into the A.B. track – they will continue to be admitted into our traditional B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B. Mus degree tracks.

The following are requirements of the Applied Baccalaureate core curriculum as well as major requirements for Information Systems. It does not represent a contract and may have errors. Please consult the current WOU Course Catalog and your advisor for more information.

Applied Baccalaureate Requirements (including core curriculum)

Applied Baccalaureate Core Curriculum Grid

CS/IS Tentative Course Offerings by Term





The Information Systems degree bridges the study of business and information systems and is less theoretical than the computer science major. An academic focus is placed on the practical application of technology in support of business operation, management, and decision making. Graduates receive a solid foundation in enterprise computing.  Enterprise computing encompasses various types of enterprise software required to support an organization’s operations and goals. We are committed to preparing graduates who become productive employees.


Select at least one course (3)

CS 122 Introduction to Computer Science for Non-majors (3)

CS 123 Introduction to Information Systems (3)

CS 160 Introduction to Computer Science (3)

Select one option (10-12)

Option 1

One course numbered CS 13X programming language (4)

Two or more courses numbered above CS 123 (6-8)

Option 2

CS 161 Computer Science I (5)

CS 162 Computer Science II (5)


Required Computer Science and Information Systems courses (36)

CS 340W Ethics & Information Management (3)

CS 350 Network Administration (3)

IS 270 Applied Operating Systems (3)

IS 320 Data Structures (3)

IS 420 Introduction to Database Systems (3)

IS 421 Database Administration (3)

IS 425 Introduction to Project Management (3)

IS 430 IT Project Implementation (3)

IS 482 Systems Administration: UNIX (3)

IS 483 System Administration (3)

IS 485 Introduction to Computer Security (3)

IS 486 Network Security (3)


Other Required Courses (25)

BA 211 Financial Accounting (4)

BA 310 Principles of Marketing (3)

BA 361 Organizational Behavior (3)

MTH 231 Elements of Discrete Mathematics (3)

MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)

PSY 443 Group Processes (4)

WR 322 Technical Writing (4)


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