Information Systems

Applied baccalaureate degree


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 an 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 Degree Requirements

Applied Baccalaureate Core Curriculum Grid

CS/IS Tentative Course Offerings by Term


The degree requirements listed below are considered a draft until fully approved through the Western Oregon University curriculum process.

 Information Systems Major 
CS 123Intro to Information Systems4
CS 160Survey of Computer Science4
CS 13xProgramming Language4
CS 161Computer Science I4
IS 240Information Management I4
IS 270Applied Operating Systems4
IS 278 Networks4
IS 340Information Management II4
IS 345Systems Analysis4
IS 350Enterprise Architecture4
IS 355Strategy, Acquisition, and Management4
IS 440Systems Administration4
IS 470Project Management4
IS 475Project Implementation4
CS/IS 1xx or 2xxApproved Elective
(see IS advisor)
CS/IS 3xx or 4xxApproved Elective
(see IS advisor)
Mathematics Requirements
MTH 231Elements of Discrete Mathematics3
MTH 243Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Other Degree Requirements
Information Systems Major71
Minor (12 UD min)varies
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) 54
BA/BS Requirementsvaries
Total Credit Hours to Graduate180

Information Systems majors must have a grade of C or better in the required Information Systems major courses.

Questions?  Contact the Computer Science Division 503-838-8480 or e-mail: | Location: ITC 310B