Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
We designed the B.A.S. degree with areas of specialization in public agency administration for students with an associate degree from a regionally accredited community college who seek entry to or promotion within public agencies in these areas.
To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:
64 units in an associate degree transfer block
at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements, 16-20 of which will be satisfied by associate degree transfer block
at least 21 units of B.A.S. core requirements
at least 21 units of plan requirements
elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check NAU's Course Catalog to find out. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)
Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.
Also be aware that at least 36 units of the courses you take at NAU must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above), and you must meet all residency and other upper-division requirements as specified in this catalog. (Be aware that some B.A.S. specializations require more than the minimum of 36 units of upper-division courses.)
In addition, be aware that you must complete your associate degree before NAU can award the B.A.S. degree. Additionally, some departments may require that you complete your associate degree before entering a B.A.S. plan; see the specific plan to find out.
Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.
To be admitted to this B.A.S. degree plan, you must have a pre-approved associate degree either completed or in progress at a regionally accredited institution.
We accept a maximum block transfer of 64 units from your associate degree program, and you then take the remaining 56 units at NAU to complete 120 units. (Please note that if you complete all required core, specialization, and liberal studies requirements in less than 56 units, you may take the remaining units from any courses offered by NAU.)
You may also need to meet specific departmental requirements and/or make up specific deficiencies before NAU can award your B.A.S. degree.
NAU requires that you complete 35 units of liberal studies coursework, as we describe in NAU's Academic Plans section of this catalog. To enter this B.A.S. degree plan without deficiencies, you must have completed, as part of your associate degree, at least 16-20 units of liberal studies coursework that transfer to NAU. These courses must include composition, mathematics, and a lab science as well as 6 units of additional liberal studies coursework.
You select the remaining 15-19 units of liberal studies courses in consultation with a B.A.S. advisor to help you meet your personal goals and ensure that these courses contribute to a coherent overall curriculum.
Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. core requirement; you may also include courses with the course prefixes used in your specialization to satisfy liberal studies requirements, although you canít use the specific courses from your specialization.
You take the following 21 units, which are designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills:
one course from BME 420, CCJ 345W, ENG 305W, and SC 314, 315, 424, 472, 475, 477 (3 units)
public administration and management block:
one course from BME 480; CCJ 331, 333; HA 345; HS 410; MGT 303; PAS/POS 325, 326, 327, or 421C; PAS 401 or PAS 408C; POS 344, 359 or 428; and SOC 334 or 431 (3 units)
values, ethics, and policy block:
one course from BME 310; SHP 300W; CCJ 315, 325, 380, or 450C; HUM 345W, 371, or 373; PAS 411; PHI 332W; or SOC 301, 333, 339, or 441 (3 units)
technical, quantitative, qualitative and science block:
one course from BIO 301 and 302; CIS 360; CCJ 355; ECI 497C; ESE 380; HS 333; MAT 114; PAS 355, 356; POS 303; SOC 365
6 units from any of the previously listed courses in the core blocks
a junior writing course, as specified within the requirements for each individual B.A.S. specialization (3 units)
Please note that at least 18 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.
Also note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a B.A.S. core and a liberal studies requirement. Some departments may require specific courses to be taken in the B.A.S. core.
You take the following 21 units:
PAS 328 or 411; or PSY 365 (3 units)
POS 326 or PAS 326 (3 units)
one from SC 424, 472, or 477 (3 units)
9 units from CCJ 331 and 333; SOC 301, 333, 339, and 441; PAS 415 and 450; and POS 327 and 428
3 units from POS 325 or PAS 325
Please note that for this Specialization from the BAS Core you must take:
ENG 305W or any other NAU course that meets the NAU junior writing requirement. Be aware that many junior level writing courses have prerequisites.
POS/PAS 421C or PAS 408C, any of which meets NAUís senior capstone requirement
You may substitute courses with written approval of a public agency service advisor.
Additional coursework is required if you have met the previously described requirements and you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)