If you have 30 military training credits, you already have 25% of the credits you need to earn a bachelor’s degree at Missouri Western.
The Bachelor of Science in Technology degree (BST) is a flexible bachelor’s degree. You can apply credits from your Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force Transcript as the foundation of a BST degree.
An advisor from MWSU will work with you to create a custom major that builds upon the training you have already received through the military. The resulting BST degree will have a career-oriented emphasis. In most cases, military students will graduate more quickly with a BST than those pursuing a traditional bachelor’s degree, potentially saving thousands of dollars. Many students will also be able to complete a BST using online courses.
Contact the MWSU advisor to find out how the Bachelor of Science in Technology degree can help you make the most of your military training credits.
More details on how to create a custom BST degree appear below. You do not have to design your BST without help. The Missouri Western advisor will guide you through the steps to creating a custom degree and answer any questions. Schedule an appointment with the advisor if you would like to get started.
Here are the components of a BST degree:
(at least 30 credit hours as recommended by the American Council on Education,
or a combination of military training and other applied coursework to equal at least 30 credits)
General education courses,
At least 30 hours in a concentration,
Bachelor of Science in Technology Degree
BST Graduation Requirements
- Complete MWSU general studies requirements (42-47 credit hours) for the Bachelor of Science degree.
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division courses. Lower division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in an approved area of concentration outside of the field of the associate degree, applied coursework or military training, with at least 18 credit hours in upper division courses. The courses in the area of concentration must be approved by the primary department of the area and by the dean of the college/school in which the area of concentration is earned.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.00 and a major (concentration) GPA of at least 2.3.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
Sample combinations and concentrations
The BST is designed for the student who has completed (1) a career-oriented associate degree program (A.A.S. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited college or university (including the Community College of the Air Force), or (2) has at least 30 credits in applied coursework from a regionally accredited college or university, or (3) has a significant number of credits based on military training as recommended by the American Council on Education.
Below is a sample BST curriculum sheet (major/minor form) for an example veteran who had service as a Navy Corpsman and who had completed a number of general education courses while in the military. (Click here to download a PDF.)
An AAS/AS degree, applied coursework or military training can serve as the base of a BST. Upon this base, a concentration is built. This concentration may include any combination of courses as long as the combination is educationally sound and has a cohesive theme supporting a career goal. The concentration must include at least 30 credits, including at least 18 upper-level credits.
Please fill out the form below to contact the BST Advisor.
What about online courses?
Missouri Western offers more than 300 courses online. Several minors and some majors can be completed entirely online.
In addition, members of the air force may complete their GEM requirements through online courses at Missouri Western.