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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Programs

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What is a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree?

A traditional bachelor degree requires general education classes from many disciplines and is designed to provide you with a wide base of knowledge allowing you to concentrate your education in the third or fourth year of your education. A BAS degree gives you the chance to focus your education on your specific educational and career goals early within your education and incorporates more practical and concentrated hands-on learning in a specific industry or the career of your choice.

Why a BAS degree at Centralia College?

A Centralia College BAS degree is quality
At Centralia College we strive to bring the highest quality education to our bachelor programs. Our BAS degrees are specifically designed to give you the hands-on, real-world education that you need to become leaders in your field, giving you an edge on your competition, and preparing you for work or advancement in the career of your choice. Our instructors are experts in their fields, with advanced credentials, often working in the industries they teach. They maintain close ties with program specific advisory committees as they continue to stay current with industry standards, regularly seeking out additional education to stay ahead of industry demands and in new technologies. This ensures you the highest quality education available of any bachelor program.

A Centralia College BAS degree is cost effective
A BAS degree at Centralia College costs a fraction of similar bachelor degrees from other accredited colleges. The average tuition at a private college can easily exceed $30,000 a year and from a public college it can still exceed $15,000 a year. So, not only will you receive the quality you expect, and the convenience you need, a BAS degree from Centralia College has one of the most cost effective tuitions available at approximately $7,600 a year. And with just an additional 6% tuition for out-of-state students, we offer a great value for one of the lowest tuition costs available. See

A Centralia College BAS degree is convenient
Not only do we strive to bring you the highest quality education available at Centralia College, we strive to make your education as convenient as possible, using technology whenever possible, our BAS classes may be available in-class or in a hybrid online format. In addition, we’ll work closely with your school to give you the credit you deserve, transferring all applicable credits that you’ve earned, and identifying in advance any additional coursework you may need so that your transfer to Centralia College is as effortless as possible.

Our Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BAS-AM)* degree at Centralia College is specifically designed for working students throughout the region who want to prepare for management positions in a wide range of business and industry. Students meet on campus just two evenings a week, with the rest of the coursework available online. This hybrid format allows for busy professionals and those seeking promotions at their present jobs to achieve the education they need for advancement while continuing to work. With two and three year tracks available, a BASM degree at Centralia College is achievable for even the busiest professional.

diesel tech student

Our Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology (BASD) degree at Centralia College incorporates many of the benefits of an education in advanced diesel technology, then includes leadership and management coursework to prepare you for supervisory and management positions within the diesel industry. In addition to the significant, quality hands-on training you’ll receive in advanced diesel technologies such as alternative fuels, power technology, hybrid technology and others, with a BASD degree from Centralia College you’ll be prepared to enter the rapidly advancing diesel industry with the management and supervisory skills you need to set yourself apart as a leader.

*The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) includes the Centralia College Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management four-year degree as part of the college’s full accreditation and has placed the program in Candidacy Status until the planned review. Accreditation means that the new degree has met the rigorous standards required by all Northwest two-and four-year colleges and universities that are reviewed by this official accrediting agency.