UW-River Falls to Offer New Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

April 15, 2013--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will offer a new bachelor of applied science degree with concentrations in computer science, geographic information science and criminal justice beginning in August 2013. The new degree will provide a way for individuals who have associates degrees in one of these areas to continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree. 

Research has shown that individuals with a bachelor's degree have increased earning potential and better career opportunities. This degree is the newest of several degree completion programs offered by UWRF to meet the higher education needs of working adults throughout western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. Market analysis predicts strong job growth among all three occupational areas.  

"There are several schools in our area that offer associate degrees for individuals who want to get started in a career in information technology, law enforcement or urban planning," said Katrina Larsen, UWRF outreach director.  "After working for a while, these individuals realize that their job opportunities and salaries could be much improved if they had a bachelor's degree."  

The Bachelor of Applied Science is an applied baccalaureate that includes advanced technical training in sciences in combination with liberal arts courses. Previously obtained college credits from an accredited school may be applied toward the bachelor program.   

Students may be admitted to the degree if they have earned an associate's degree in computer science, criminal justice, geographic information system or a related field. Individuals who have made significant progress toward completing a degree from an accredited higher-education institution and have work experience in a related field may be enrolled as space permits. 

Students will have access to specialized labs, state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty, a class schedule that is convenient to working adults, and a single tuition rate of $300 per credit, regardless of residency. Students will gain specific skills in areas where increased jobs are expected and can complete their degree in as few as three years while working. 

For information on admissions requirements and how to apply, visit the UWRF website or contact the Pamela Bowen at 715-425-0653 or 800-228-5607 or email 

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at

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