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New Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs – November 2020

There are a number of accredited, non-profit colleges and universities that have recently announced the launch of new online bachelor’s and bachelor’s completion programs. Among these schools are San Diego State University (SDSU), Mississippi State University (MSU), St. Francis College, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Kansas State University (K-State). The new programs include online Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs, an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise and Movement Science program, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences of the Oceans program, and bachelor’s completion programs in American Indian studies, child development, civil engineering, communication, and economics.

San Diego State University (SDSU) – Online Bachelor’s Completion Programs in American Indian Studies, Child Development, Civil Engineering, Communication, and Economics

San Diego State University (SDSU), a public university that is part of the California State University (CSU) system, will be offering five new online bachelor’s completion programs this spring. As of January of 2021, SDSU’s growing slate of online bachelor’s and master’s programs will include Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs in American Indian Studies, Communication, and Economics, and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in Child Development and Civil Engineering. All five of these programs are designed for students who have completed 60 prior credits of college coursework at an accredited college or university through an associate or bachelor’s degree program. Eligible students must then complete an additional 60 credits to reach the 120 credits required for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree from SDSU, and all of those credits can be completed through online coursework. Students can transfer into SDSU’s bachelor’s completion programs with up to 90 credits.

Mississippi State University – Online Bachelor of Applied Science Program

Mississippi State University (MSU) announced over the summer that it is adding multiple new emphasis areas and specializations to its online Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program. The BAS program is a bachelor’s completion program that is designed for community college graduates and members of the military who hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The expansion of MSU’s BAS program has made majors offered by the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Bagley College of Engineering, College of Education, and College of Forest Resources available in an online, bachelor’s completion format. Among the new majors being offered online are Agricultural Engineering, Communication, Cybersecurity, Geoscience, Psychology, Special Education, and Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.

St. Francis College – Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise and Movement Science Program

New York’s St. Francis College has introduced its first fully online degree program: an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise and Movement Science program. The new program features coursework in biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, and sports psychology and is designed to prepare students for careers in fitness and wellness fields, personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, and sport coaching. While students who are accepted into the program can complete all of the program’s required 121 credits through St. Francis College, applicants are encouraged to transfer into the program with prior college credits and are permitted to transfer up to 98 credits.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) – Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences of Oceans Program

The College of Social Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa recently introduced an innovative new online program in which students earning their bachelor’s degree study the complex problems related to oceans and island societies, including the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, and the management of ocean resources. The program, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences of Oceans, is geared toward working adults who have already completed their general education requirements through prior college coursework or in an associate degree program. Students who qualify for the program take courses in anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, geography, political science, sociology, and urban planning. Each course is offered in a five-week format, allowing students to focus on one course at a time and graduate in two years. The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in natural resource management, city planning, community organizing, environmental consulting, policy analysis, and grant writing.

Kansas State University (K-State) – Online Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication Program

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University (K-State) has launched a new online bachelor’s degree program in mass communication. The program, which gives students a choice between pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, has two concentrations: Journalism; and Strategic Communications. The Journalism concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in broadcast journalism, news reporting, and media design. The Strategic Communications concentration has a curriculum that focuses on advertising, public relations, and social media management. The primary difference between the BA and BS options is that the BA degree requires students to take 12 credits of foreign language coursework. Both degree options require students to complete 120 credits of coursework and K-State welcomes applicants who have transferable college credits.


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