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The Bachelor of Applied Studies (B.A.S) is a degree-completion program delivered through distance education, focusing on students who have already completed a two-year degree. Students in the BAS program are governed by the academic policies of University College and are advised by staff in the Division of Continuing Education. 

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) is designed for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree by distance education. The B.L.S. is a general undergraduate degree without a traditional academic major. Students work with their academic advisors to structure programs that meet their individual objectives.

For more information about these two degrees and to determine which online degree might be right for you see this handout from the Division of Continuing Education.

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) administers both degrees and provides professional advisors to support and assist B.A.S. and B.L.S. students in making informed choices about academic goals. Advisors interact with students in appropriate real time or delayed interactive time to respond to inquiries and to facilitate communication with student service personnel, faculty, and University of Iowa academic units.

Admitted B.A.S. and B.L.S. students receive an informational packet from their advisor after admission into the B.A.S. or B.L.S. program; advisors communicate with the students regarding registration and degree progress. Advisors also work with students on many other related issues and refer students to University offices for additional resources.

Contact Information: The Division of Continuing Education, 250 CEF Iowa City, Iowa 52242; (319) 335-2575 or (800) 272-6430 or visit http://distance.uiowa.edu