Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Degrees

Seattle Central is one of several community and technical colleges in Washington state that offer Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees. Historically, community colleges have offered only two-year degrees. However, in a growing number of fields, a bachelor's degree is the minimum level of education required to obtain employment.

In response, Seattle Central has developed four–year programs that build on certain Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees currently offered and provide workplace skills in specific career areas. Compared to traditional four–year degrees at universities, applied bachelor degrees incorporate more hands–on learning focused on a particular industry. They are designed with strong internship components and often offer credit for prior learning and work experience.

For further details about our B.A.S. degrees, see the tabs below:

Applied Behavioral Science

The B.A.S. degree in Applied Behavioral Science creates a continuing educational and professional pathway for students who already have a technical two-year degree such as an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate in Technical Arts (A.T.A.), or Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.) in Social and Human Services, Child and Family Studies, Interpreter Training, or a related human services degree. It is designed specifically for people in the human services professions such as:

√ social services
√ early childhood education / child welfare 
√ chemical dependency counseling
√ family support services
√ public / community health 
√ prevention and early intervention
√ interpreting / translation services

For questions, please email Melissa Martinez directly.

Allied Health

Students can choose from four tracks:

- Respiratory Care
- Dental Hygiene
- Healthcare Services Management
- Community Health and Education

Details about the programs, including entry requirements and curriculum can be found on

IT Networking

Seattle Central's B.A.S. degree in IT - Networking provides a broad base of theoretical and technical knowledge to educate students for high-paying, high-demand jobs. Along with equipping graduates with industry-specific skills and certifications, the curriculum will train them to communicate effectively and to efficiently solve problems in the workplace.

This degree will help students seize opportunities in our city’s booming tech industry, as employers like Amazon, Microsoft and other tech companies are looking for more and more employees with advanced information technology credentials.

For questions, please email Lisa Sandoval directly.

Other B.A.S. degree options

In addition to the B.A.S. degrees offered by Seattle Central, qualifying international students can also transfer into other B.A.S. degree programs offered by the Seattle Colleges District. For more information about these programs, please click here.