Frequently Asked Questions

When will the BAS IST program begin?

The next cohort for the BAS IST program will begin fall quarter 2015.

Can I enroll if I don’t have an associate’s degree?

Generally students applying to the BAS IST program have completed an associates degree in IT.  If you do not have an associates degree in IT contact the Program Manager for more information.

Besides a completed associate’s degree are there any other pre-requisites?

Yes, you can find the specific course prerequisites on our web page.

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Yes, students who have not been admitted to the program can register for up to 10 credits of coursework on a space-available basis, if they have appropriate prerequisites. To find out if you qualify to take a course and receive an entry code, contact the program manager Shanon Ehmke Reedy at: 425-564-3189 or

Can I apply now even though I will not finish my AAS or AAS-T until the end of spring or summer quarter?

Yes, you can apply now and any admission decision would be contingent upon your completion with acceptable GPA as described in the admission requirements.

I received my AAS or AAS-T over ten years ago. Am I still eligible to enter this program?

Technology and math coursework will only be applied toward admission requirements if it was taken in the last 5 years. Other coursework (i.e. English, humanities, science) can be applied no matter the date completed.

Can I receive financial aid or scholarships for this program?

Yes, you may qualify. Please be aware that there are deadlines that need to be met in order to qualify. Please contact our financial aid office for more details.

What is the tuition for this program?

Tuition for this self-support program is set at the in-district resident upper division course rate. However there are some lower division courses that are part of the BAS program. These courses will be charged at the lower division rate and will take in to account resident status. Refer to the printed quarterly schedule or

Can I complete this program online?

While a few classes may be available online this program is offered primarily on the Bellevue College main campus.

Can I reapply next year if I am not accepted into the program?

Yes. You will receive a letter advising you of additional courses you need to take or other ways to strengthen your application for the next time you apply.

Is there a required sequence of courses I should take?

Yes. You will be able to build on your body of knowledge if certain courses are taken before others. Your sequence of courses will vary depending on whether you attend full-time or part-time, and on your previous education. Your program advisor will help you develop a program of study to gain the most benefit from each course.

There are four areas of concentration, can I select more than one and get a double concentration?

No, at this time there is only one BAS degree in Information Systems and Technology and you can only select one area of concentration.

How long will it take me to finish?

After admission, the BAS degree totals 90-95 credits and can be completed in 6 quarters of full-time attendance, typically three courses each quarter. Individual pacing is possible, but students should plan on taking at least one course each quarter so that the material remains current and relevant.

Is the program accredited?

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education, has granted Bellevue College accreditation at the baccalaureate level.

I am a state employee. Can I use a state employee waiver to pay for this program?

No. This is a self-supported program, not state-supported. Thus, it is not eligible for state employee waivers.

Where can I find out more about the program?

The program manager conducts information sessions fairly regularly. To find out when the next session is scheduled please visit Information Sessions to learn more.


Last Updated July 1, 2015