This 100 percent online degree program provides the flexibility you need to achieve your academic goals and the practical skills and insights you need to pursue a career or professional advancement in technical fields.

An applied science degree is a 2 or 4 year technical program that prepares you with a hands-on learning experience for your selected field: allied health, coaching, criminal justice, IT, psychology, and more. Our program is 100% online and flexible to meet your needs.

But just what is applied science, anyway? The answer is found in the name—the practical application of science. But what if science isn’t the degree you want? The short answer, that’s okay. Consider applied science to be a field where learned knowledge is turned into the technologies we use every day. An education in applied science offers a technical, hands-on learning experience because it’s all about making learning practical.

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Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science

A Bachelor of Applied Science Degree enhances your management & leadership skills and expands your technical abilities in your chosen career area: Accounting, Coaching, Computer Science, Public Health, Business, IT, Criminal Justice, and more. This technical degree is designed to meet the needs of each field.

This 100 percent online bachelor’s degree program in applied science was built with working professionals exactly like you in mind. It gives you the applied science classes, concentrations, and convenience you need to pursue a career-boosting degree on your terms. Plus, it’s the first and only BAS program offered in the state of Kentucky, online or on campus.

Course Requirements

As part of University of the Cumberlands’ Bachelor of Applied Science online degree requirements, each student must complete at least 120 semester hours, including those within the major and the coursework required to fulfill the degree requirements within:

  • General Education - 30 semester hours required
  • Bachelor's Core Requirements - hours required varies by concentration
  • Elective Courses - make up the remainder of the required credit hours 
  • Christian Faith
  • Writing Competence
  • Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning
  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Historical and Cultural Understanding
  • Aesthetic Appreciation
  • Social and Professional Awareness

Accounting Core Requirements (60 Credit Hours):

  • BACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
  • BACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
  • BACC 331 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BACC 332 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BACC 337 Accounting Information Systems
  • BACC 431 Cost Accounting I
  • BACC 433 Advanced Accounting
  • BACC 435 Accounting Theory
  • BACC 436 Governmental Accounting
  • BACC 437 Federal Taxation
  • BADM 133 Introduction to Business
  • BADM 136 Microeconomics
  • BADM 137 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 300 Business Statistics
  • BADM 330 Legal Environment of Business
  • BADM 331 Principles of Management
  • BADM 335 Financial Management
  • BADM 437 Business Law
  • BADM 438 Business Policy and Strategy
  • BADM 439 Professional Development

Required Courses (27 hours)

  • HESS 233        Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HLTH 130         Foundations of Health Service
  • HSRV 131        Survey of Human Services
  • NURS 100        Medicaid Nurse Aid
  • NURS 101        Medical Terminology
  • NURS 231        Ethics in Health Care
  • PSYC 131        Basic Psychology
  • BADM 339        Human Resource Management
  • HSRV 237        Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Elective Courses (9 hours)

  • AHS 230           Applied Nutrition for the Dietary Manager
  • AHS 231           Food Service Management
  • HSRV 432        Addictions and Recovery
  • COUN 445       Grief and Crisis Intervention
  • HLTH 335         Introduction to the Study of Disease
  • HESS 333        Nutrition
  • NURS 339        Healthcare and Social Policy
  • NURS 334        Health Care Communication
  • BACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
  • BACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
  • BADM 133 Introduction to Business
  • BADM 136 Microeconomics
  • BADM 137 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 300 Business Statistics
  • BADM 330 Legal Environment of Business
  • BADM 331 Principles of Management
  • BADM 333 Business Analytics
  • BADM 334 Principles of Marketing
  • BADM 335 Financial Management 
  • BADM 438 Business Policy and Strategy  
  • BADM 450 Business Ethics
 

Coaching Core Requirements (37 Credit Hours):

  • HESS 233  Functional Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • HESS 330 Influences on Contemporary Issues in Health & Performance
  • HESS 333  Nutrition
  • HESS 439  Facilities Development & Management
  • ESS 131   Introduction to Health, Exercise & Sport Science
  • ESS 227   Officiating Games
  • ESS 230   Growth and Motor Development
  • ESS 231   Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • ESS 235   Fitness and Sport Management
  • ESS 335   Coaching and Leadership I
  • ESS 430   Coaching and Leadership II

Three hours of upper-level ESS, HESS electives

Required Core Courses – 34 hours

  • ITCS 131    Intro to Computer Science (100 level) – 3 hours
  • ITCS 230    Algorithms Design and Analysis (200 level) – 3 hours
  • ITCS   232    Intro. Operating Systems (200 level) – 3 hours
  • ITCS   331    Computer Organization (300 level) – 3 hours
  • ITCS   335    Intro. to Discrete Mathematics in Computer Science (300 level) – 4 hours
  • ITSS 131    Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming – 3 hours
  • ITSS 230    Fundamentals of Database – 3 hours
  • ITSI 331    Networking – 3 hours
  • ITSS 334    Web Programming – 3 hours
  • ITSS 435    Software Engineering – 3 hours
  • ITSS 440    Information Technology Capstone – 3 hours

Criminal Justice Core Requirements (54 Combined Credit Hours)

Core Requirements (27 Credit Hours):

  • SOCI 131 Intro to Sociology
  • CRJS131 Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 233 Corrections
  • CRJS 234 Policing
  • CRJS 331 Deviance and Society
  • CRJS 334 Society and Criminal Law
  • CRJS 338 Homeland Security
  • CRJS 431 Criminology
  • CRJS 434 Ethics in Criminal Justice

Core Electives (9 Credit Hours) - Three of the following:

  • CRJS 235 Police Patrol
  • CRJS 236 Probation and Parole
  • CRJS 336 Criminal Investigation
  • CRJS 337 White Collar Crime
  • CRJS 401 Child Abuse Investigation
  • CRJS 432 Criminal Victimization
  • CRJS 433 Juvenile Justice
  • CRJS 435 Death Investigation
  • CRJS 439 Internship*
  • CRJS 490 Special Topics in Criminal Justice*

*With permission of the Department Chair, CRJS 439 and CRJS 490 may be taken twice.

Completion of classes within one of the Special Areas of Concentration (18 Credit Hours):

  • Law Enforcement Management
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Forensics
  • Chaplain / Prison Ministries

Required Core Courses-39 hours

  • ITAD331 Foundations of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • ITGS130 Introduction to Game Development 
  • ITGS231 Fundamentals of Interactive/UX Design
  • ITGS233 Essentials of Gamification
  • ITGS330 Human-Computer Interaction
  • ITGS431 Games for Learning & Simulation
  • ITGS435 Advanced Multi-Player
  • ITSS131 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • ITSS230 Fundamentals of Databases 
  • ITSS 333 Video Game Programming
  • ITSS338 Programming of Mobile Devices
  • ITSS435 Software Engineering
  • ITSS440 Capstone
 

General Studies Core Requirements (27 Combined Credit Hours)
Required General Studies Courses: (12 hours)

  • BADM 402 Business Communications
  • BADM 401 Personal Finance 
  • PLAN 100  Strategies for General Studies
  • PLAN 400  Capstone

Concentration (15 hours, 9 or more must be 300 or 400 level) Students will select one from the following emphases:

  • Option 1: Business
    Courses with a BADM or BACC prefix
  • Option 2: Health and Fitness
    Courses with a ESS, HESS, or HLTH prefix
  • Option 3: Behavioral Sciences
    Courses with a COUN, HLTH, HSRV, CRJS, or PSYC prefix
  • Option 4: Education
    Courses with a EDUC, ELEM, IECE, or SPED prefix
  • Option 5: Information Science and Technology
    Courses with a ITSS, ITSC, ITSM, or ITSI prefix
  • Option 6: Media Studies
    Courses with a COMM, JOUR, or IDC prefix
  • Option 7: Christian Studies
    Courses with a MSMN prefix
  • Option 8: Humanities and Social Sciences
    Courses with a HIST, ENGL, SPAN, THRT, MUSC, MUED, ART, POLS, or SOCI prefix
  • Option 9: STEM
    Courses with a BIOL, PHYS, CHEM, or MATH prefix
  • Option 10: Healthcare
    Courses with a NUR or AHS prefix

Human Services Core Requirements (33 Credit Hours):

  • HSRV 131 Survey of Human Services
  • HSRV 234 Basic Counseling Skills
  • HSRV 331 Individual and Family Assessment
  • HSRV 332 Group Dynamics
  • HSRV 335 Research Methods in Human Services
  • HSRV 336 Human Services Administration
  • HSRV 338 Case Management
  • HSRV 435 Ethics in Human Services
  • HSRV 436 Human Diversity
  • HSRV 439 Professionalism in Human Services with an additional 300-400 level course OR HSRV 461/462 Internship & Seminar

One of the following:

  • HSRV 237 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 
  • PSYC 232 Child and Adolescent Development (for students taking counseling concentration)

* Internshipis recommended and an invaluable tool to prepare students for employment in the human services field. Students who choose not to take internship must complete HSRV 439 and another 300 or 400 level course in this department that is approved by the student's advisor. 

IT Common Core Courses (36 Credit Hours)

  • ITSS 130    Application Software
  • ITSS 131    Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • ITSS 230    Fundamentals of Databases
  • ITSC 230    Information Security and Assurance
  • ITSI 231      Hardware
  • ITSS 232    Web Design
  • ITSI 331      Networking
  • ITSI 336      Server Administration
  • ITSS 337    Business Intelligence
  • ITSS 438    Capstone
    Plus six hours of electives from ITS
 

Core Courses (13 hours)

  • MSMN 138     Understanding Cultures OR MSMN 239     Exploring World Religions
  • MSMN 234     Interpreting the Bible
  • MSMN 235     Developing Our Spiritual Life 
  • MSMN 236     Introducing Christian Theology
  • MSMN 410     Transitioning to Christian Ministry

Additional Required Courses (9 hours)

  • MSMN 238 Introducing Christian Missions
  • MSMN 338 Developing Mission Strategies
  • MSMN 493 Supervised Ministry Experience

Electives (9 hours) from any other MSMN courses

Required Core Courses-16 hours

  • PSYC 131     Basic Psychology
  • PSYC 234     Research Design and Statistics I
  • PSYC 244     Research Design and Statistics II
  • PSYC 438     History and Systems in Psychology
  • PSYC 499     Senior Seminar

Electives-24 hours from the following:

  • PSYC 231     Introduction to the Psychology Major
  • PSYC 232     Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 238     Educational Psychology
  • PSYC 330     Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 331     Physiological Psychology 
  • PSYC 332     Adult Development
  • PSYC 333     Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 334     Social Psychology 
  • PSYC 335     Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 336     Positive Psychology
  • PSYC 337     Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 338     Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 339     Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 402     Psychology of Religion
  • PSYC 403     Behavior Change for Lifestyle Wellness (OR HESS 403)
  • PSYC 431     Psychological Testing
  • PSYC 432     Sport Psychology
  • PSYC 433     Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 434     Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 435     Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 490     Directed Study-Special Topics
  • PSYC 491     Directed Study-Research or Readings

Track 1: Internship Option

  • HESS 233     Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HESS 333     Nutrition
  • HESS 430     Substance Abuse
  • HLTH 130       Foundations of Health Science
  • HLTH 335       Introduction to the Study of Disease
  • HLTH 336       Epidemiology
  • HLTH 431       Public Health Administration
  • HLTH 432       Community and Environmental Health
  • HLTH 462       Public Health Internship (6 hours)

Track 2: Non-Internship Option

  • HESS 233     Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HESS 333     Nutrition
  • HESS 430     Substance Abuse
  • HLTH 130       Foundations of Health Science
  • HLTH 335       Introduction to the Study of Disease
  • HLTH 336       Epidemiology
  • HLTH 431       Public Health Administration
  • HLTH 432       Community and Environmental Health
  • Nine hours of upper-level HLTH and/or HESS electives, or those approved by the Department Chair.

Elective courses will make up the remainder of the bachelor's of applied science degree program’s requirements for a total of 120 credit hours. BAS students may choose from any of the courses offered within UCumberlands Online for their electives. If a course has a pre-requisite, as long as the student meets the requirements and has not previously taken it, the class may be taken for credit. Elective choices are vast and not limited to the degree.

Associate of Applied Science

Your online Associate of Applied Science degree can help you pursue any number of career fields. Coursework for your associate degree is purposefully designed toward today’s business needs in a variety of applied fields, engaging you in the scientific concepts, applied approaches, and practical tactics necessary for success in many fields.

Course Requirements

You can customize your program to meet our specific career goals with different degree concentrations. 

Required Courses (21 hours)

  • HESS 233        Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HLTH 130         Foundations of Health Service
  • SOWK 131       Introduction to Social Work
  • NURS 100        Medicaid Nurse Aid
  • NURS 101        Medical Terminology
  • NURS 231        Ethics in Health Care
  • PSYC 131        Basic Psychology
  • BACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
  • BACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
  • BACC 331 Principles of Management
  • BADM 136 Microeconomics
  • BADM 137 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 334 Principles of Marketing
  • HESS 233  Functional Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • ESS 131   Introduction to Health, Exercise & Sport Science
  • ESS 231   Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • ESS 235   Fitness and Sport Management
  • ESS 335   Coaching and Leadership I
  • ESS 430   Coaching and Leadership II
  • Plus six hours of approves ESS/HESS electives
  • COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 131 Mass Media
  • COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMM 330 Careers in Communication
  • COMM 332 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 405 Listening and Nonverbal
  • ITCS 131    Intro to Computer Science
  • ITCS 230    Algorithms Design and Analysis
  • ITCS 232    Intro. Operating Systems
  • ITCS 331    Computer Organization
  • ITCS 335    Intro. to Discrete Mathematics in Computer Science
  • ITSS 131    Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • SOCI 131 Intro to Sociology
  • CRJS131 Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 233 Corrections
  • CRJS 234 Policing
  • CRJS 235 Police Patrol
  • CRJS 236 Probation and Parole
  • ITSS131 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • ITGS130 Introduction to Game Development 
  • ITSS230 Fundamentals of Databases 
  • ITGS231 Fundamentals of Interactive/UX Design
  • ITSS 232 Web Design
  • ITSS 333 Video Game Programming

Required General Studies Courses: (12 hours)
BADM 402 Business Communications
BADM 401 Personal Finance
PLAN 100 Strategies for General Studies
PLAN 400 Capstone

Concentration (12 hours) Students will select one from the following emphases:

Option 1: Business
Courses with a BADM or BACC prefix

Option 2: Health and Fitness
Courses with a ESS, HESS, or HLTH prefix

Option 3: Behavioral Sciences
Courses with a COUN, HLTH, HSRV, CRJS, or PSYC prefix

Option 4: Education
Courses with a EDUC, ELEM, IECE, or SPED prefix

Option 5: Information Science and Technology
Courses with a ITSS, ITSC, ITSM, or ITSI prefix

Option 6: Media Studies
Courses with a COMM, JOUR, or IDC prefix

Option 7: Christian Studies
Courses with a MSMN prefix

Option 8: Humanities and Social Sciences
Courses with a HIST, ENGL, SPAN, THRT, MUSC, MUED, ART, POLS, or SOCI prefix

Option 9: STEM
Courses with a BIOL, PHYS, CHEM, or MATH prefix

Option 10: Healthcare
Courses with a NUR or AHS prefix

  • SOCI 131 Intro to Sociology
  • HSRV 131 Survey of Human Services
  • HSRV 234 Basic Counseling Skills
  • HSRV 237 Human Behavior
  • HSRV 332 Group Dynamics
  • HSRV 331 Individual and Family Assessment
  • ITSS 130    Application Software
  • ITSS 131    Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • ITSS 230    Fundamentals of Databases
  • ITSI 231      Hardware
  • ITSS 232    Web Design
  • ITSI 331      Networking
  • COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 131 Mass Media
  • COMM 235 Video Production
  • COMM 330 Careers in Communication
  • JOUR 130 Journalism
  • JOUR 233 Graphic Design
  • MSMN 133     Introducting Church History
  • MSMN 136     Exploring the New Testament
  • MSMN 234     Interpreting the Bible
  • MSMN 235     Developing Our Spiritual Life 
  • MSMN 236     Introducing Christian Theology
  • MSMN 239     Exploring World Religion
  • PSYC 131     Basic Psychology
  • PSYC 232     Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 234     Research Design and Statistics I
  • PSYC 330     Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 333     Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 334     Social Psychology 
  • HESS 333     Nutrition
  • HESS 430     Substance Abuse
  • HLTH 130       Foundations of Health Science
  • HLTH 431       Public Health Administration
  • HLTH 432       Community and Environmental Health
  • Three hours of upper-level HLTH and/or HESS electives, or those approved by the Department Chair. 
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Program Mission

he purpose of the Applied Science Online Degree is to prepare students for careers in the technology fields that most closely align with their chosen area of study.

Gain a core knowledge base
Strengthen critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills
Develop core professional skills necessary to any career field
Improve your communication skills
Learn applied approaches, tactics and techniques useful in relevant career fields
Build confidence and enhance leadership skills
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Applied Science Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Medical Assistants: $37,190

Medical Assistants: $37,190

From administrative services to patient intake and routine diagnostic procedures, your degree program will give you the skills you need to help others get the care they need.

Budget Analyst: $71,550

Budget Analyst: $71,550

Your online accounting degree can prepare you for a career organizing the finances of public or private organizations.

Community Service Manager: $74,000

Community Service Manager: $74,000

Every industry requires skilled managers to control resources and supervise people – and nearly every industry is growing.

Post-Secondary Instructor: $79,640

Post-Secondary Instructor: $79,640

You could continue your education in a number of specialized fields and pursue a career in postsecondary education.

Writer: $69,510

Writer: $69,510

Explore communication career fields and platforms, from broadcast journalism to storytelling as a professional writer or author. 

Psychologist: $81,040

Psychologist: $81,040

An applied science degree can help you start your journey on a number of career paths, from psychotherapist to clinical psychologist.

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What careers can I with an applied science degree?

If you enjoy working with numbers but thought to yourself, what can I do with an accounting degree, take a look at the many career options you could have with an Online Bachelor's of Applied Science in Accounting from University of the Cumberlands. 

Accountant or Auditor1

Your online bachelor’s degree in Accounting can help you get your foot in the door as a Staff Accountant or a Financial Auditor, providing the reports a business needs to remain financially stable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Accountants and Auditors was $71,550 in 2019. It’s a field projected to grow 6 percent by 2028.

Budget Analyst2

Your online accounting degree from University of the Cumberlands can also prepare you for a career organizing the finances of public or private organizations. According to the BLS, professional Budget Analysts earned a 2019 median annual wage of $71,550. Job growth for these positions is projected to hold steady at 6% for most of the next decade.

Careers
With the right experience and appropriate credentials, graduates of the Accounting degree program from University of the Cumberlands should be able to pursue one of the following business careers:

  • Cost Accountant
  • General Accountant
  • Assurance Manager
  • Audit Partner
  • Business Analyst
  • Budget Coordinator
  • Budget Officer
  • Financial Examiner
  • Business Teacher

$71,550  Median Annual Pay for Accountants and Auditors1

1Accountants and Auditors
2Budget Analysts

An applied science degree in allied health is designed to help you pursue a number of career opportunities.

Graduates will be prepared to explore a number of career opportunities in the field of allied health, including:

Medical Assistants1

From administrative services to patient intake and routine diagnostic procedures, your degree program will give you the skills you need to help others get the care and help they need in medical and clinical settings. In 2021, the median annual pay for medical assistants came in at $37,190 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which also projects a 18 percent increase by 2030 in the need for these critical medical facilitators.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians2

Interested in a non-medical healthcare career? One where you still play a vital part in helping others get the care they need? Take it to a more technical level with a career as a medical records and health information technician. In 2021, they averaged $45,240 annually. The BLS also projects an 9 percent increase in the need for these professionals by 2030.

Medical and Health Services Manager3

Use your allied health degree to pursue a career planning, directing and coordinating the behind-the-scenes work required to keep medical practices and healthcare providers going strong as a medical and health services manager. In 2021, the median annual pay for these professionals came in at $101,340 per year, according to the BLS, which also projects an 32 percent increase by 2030 in the need for these critical medical managers.

Health Educators and Community Health Workers4

As a professional health educator or community health worker, you’ll help promote wellness and better health throughout whole communities. In 2021, these community-minded health workers averaged $48,860 annually. The BLS also projects an 17 percent increase in the need for these professionals by 2030.

Careers

Your degree program can also help you prepare for a career as a:

  • Medical services manager
  • Claims reviewer
  • Health education specialist
  • Medical or pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Community health specialist
  • And more!

“18 Percent” Projected Growth Rate for Medical Assistants by 20301

1Medical Assistants

2Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

3Medical and Health Services Managers

4Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Interested in an Online Bachelor's of Applied Science in Business Administration Degree, but not quite sure if a business administration degree is worth it? Explore careers, salaries and projected growth rates:

Management Analyst1

A degree from the Hutton School of Business at University of the Cumberlands can help you pursue a number of business careers, from sales to management to C-Suite opportunities. And speaking of career opportunities, they’re looking up. The need for Management Analysts, for example, is projected to grow 14 percent by 2030. Currently, the position pulls in an $93,000 median annual salary.

Manager2,3,4

Every industry requires skilled managers to control resources and supervise people – and nearly every industry is growing. Community Service Managers are projected to grow 15 percent over the next several years, earning $74,000 annually. In a field projected to grow 11 percent by 2030, Construction Managers make a median salary of $98,890 a year. Sales Managers, at a 7 percent growth rate, currently make a median annual salary of $127,490.

Top Executive5

Keep up the good work and you can find yourself qualified for a top executive or C-Suite position where the median salary comes in at $98,980 per year.

Careers

  • Management Analyst
  • Business Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Community Service Manager
  • Superintendent
  • President
  • C-Suite: CEO, CDO, COO, CMO, etc.

"14 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Management Analysts by 20301

1Management Analysts
2Community Service Managers
3Construction Managers
4Sales Managers
5Top Executives

If your passion is mentoring others to get the most out of their talents, an Online Bachelor's of Applied Science in Coaching might be for you. Have you ever wondered, what can I do with a coaching degree?

With many career fields to choose from, you can find a fulfilling career that's right for you.

Coaches and Scouts1

The skills you’ll receive in this online undergraduate degree program from UC will help you pursue a coaching position in the sport or field you’re passionate about. In 2021, the annual median salary was $38,970. And the job outlook for coaches and scouts, as a field, is looking up — expected to grow 26% over the next decade, faster than most other career fields.

Postsecondary Instructors2

If you’re interested in helping a larger audience achieve greater levels of fitness, meet self-improvement goals or train health advocates to help others, you could continue your education and pursue a career in postsecondary education. With a 2021 median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.

Careers

Coupled with relevant experience and a solid foundation of communication and professional skills, an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Coaching from University of the Cumberlands could give you the foundation you need to pursue a number of careers in and out of team sports or athletics, including:

  • Assistant Coach
  • Athletics Director
  • Head Coach
  • Health and Physical Education Instructor
  • Sports Management Professor
  • Rec Center Manager
  • Sports Director

"26 Percent"  Projected Growth Rate for Coaches and Scouts by 20301

1Coaches and Scouts
2Postsecondary Teachers

Whatever the future holds, the ability to communicate clearly and get your message across is key to any successful venture. With a communication degree, you’ll also have a chance to earn credit, as well as career-building skills, through practical experience in forensics, broadcasting practicum, or professional internships.  

WRITER1

A bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts from University of the Cumberlands can prepare you for a number of communication career fields and platforms, from broadcast journalism to storytelling. If you’re thinking about a career writing articles, books or scripts, the growth rate for writers and authors is 9 percent with a median wage of $69,510 annually.

Maybe your bachelor’s is just the first step … many graduates of the fine arts program go on to pursue additional certifications or degrees to explore careers in graphic design, advertising or even art therapy.

Public Relations Specialist2 

Maybe you want to help craft the story the public will eventually learn about through their favorite media. Public relations specialists average $62,800 annually. And they’re in demand – a projected 11 percent growth rate over the next decade.

Postsecondary Instructor3

Another direction you can take is in teaching – training the next generation of writers as a college or university instructor. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.

Careers

  • Freelance Writer
  • Author
  • Web Content Writer
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Media Relations Director
  • Communications Specialist
  • Writing Instructor
  • Communications Professor

"11 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Public Relations Specialists by 20302

1Writers and Authors
2Public Relations Specialists
3Postsecondary Teacher

The field of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration is expected to fill more than 795,000 openings by 2030.

Find out what criminal justice bachelor's degree jobs you might be able to eligible for with an Online Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from University of the Cumberlands.

Our master’s in criminal justice administration is ideal for those interested in the advanced study of criminal justice principles, concepts, and practices focusing on supervision, management, and administration of criminal justice agencies. Subjects covered in the program are intended to develop a skill set that increases competency and prepares students to advance their careers in the criminal justice profession. Students graduate ready to apply theories related to:

  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Addictions
  • Psychology 
  • Social Deviance
  • Justice Administration
  • Corrections
  • Homeland Security

A master’s degree prepares students for many challenging but well-paying careers in the criminal justice sector. Graduates often pursue work in various sub-fields at the local, state, and federal level. Popular careers include:

  • Police Officer
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Chief of Police
  • Corrections Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Homeland Security Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Addictions Specialist

One of the highest-paying jobs you could pursue with this degree is in protective services. Protective services include professions like police officers and detectives. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 3% job growth with a median salary of $66,020 per year. Alternatively, you could consider any jobs requiring the foundation of critical thinking and people skills a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration would provide.

If you’ve been looking for a program that gives the flexibility you need to focus your degree plan to your career aspirations, you’ve found it with the Bachelor of Applied Science in General Studies. 

In addition to core coursework designed to give you professionally relevant skills in communication, finance and decision-making, you’ll choose from nine concentration options—Business, Health and Fitness, Behavioral Sciences, Education, Information Science and Technology, Media Studies, Christian Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences or Healthcare—followed by a number of strategic electives to complete your degree.
 

If you've ever wondered "what can I do with a human services degree," University of the Cumberlands can help answer that question.

With an increased demand in the human services field, employment is growing faster than the average. Find Online Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services careers along with potential salaries:

Social and Human Service Assistants1

Employment of social and human service assistants is expected to grow 17% by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work.

Much of the growth will be due to the needs of an aging population. An increase in number of older adults will cause growth in demand for social services. The elderly population often needs services such as adult day care and meal delivery. Social and human service assistants, who help find and provide these services, will be needed to meet this increased demand.

Community and Social Service Occupations2

As more people seek treatment for their addictions and more drug offenders are sent to treatment programs rather than to jail, the result will be an increase in demand for community and social service occupations who work in treatment programs or work with people with addictions. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 12%, faster than the average for all occupations, and center around counselor and social worker occupations. Currently, the median annual salary for these community and social service occupations is $48,410.

Careers

  • Human Service Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Case Work Aide
  • Clinical Social Work Aide
  • Family Service Assistant
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Addictions Counselor Assistant
  • Public Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker

"17 Percent"  Projected Growth Rate for Social and Human Service Assistants by 2030

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The computer and information sciences industry is in the midst of a faster-than-average employment growth. Those earning an Online Bachelor's of Applied Science in Information Technology have the potential to be an important part of growing fields such as cloud computing and the collection and storage of IT data.

Earning your information technology degree online could unlock a range of IT career paths. Jobs in this field should increase 13 percent from 2021 to 2030—much faster than average. The majority of these roles call for a bachelor’s degree.

After earning an IT online degree, you could pursue IT career paths like:

Businesses large and small, in every industry, rely on IT professionals. You may find the above roles and other career paths in industries such as finance, insurance, education, healthcare, government, and beyond.

A degree in religion, missions or biblical studies can help you pursue a number of ministry career opportunities to fulfill God's plan for you. With career opportunities projected to grow by 4-5 percent by 2030, you can begin your career today. 

If you have ever wondered what theology degree jobs could be available to you, find the information here:

Director of Religious Activities1

A degree in religion, missions or biblical studies can help you pursue a number of ministry career opportunities, serving God where He sends you, from planting churches and global missions to serving in the local church. For example, a director position in Religious Activities offers a median salary of $46,980 annually with a projected growth rate of 4-5 percent over the next decade.

Postsecondary Instructor2

A ministry-related program University of the Cumberlands can also help you pursue a postsecondary teaching position in religious studies, missions or biblical ministry. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment opportunities as a college professor or instructor are projected to grow 12 percent by 2030.

Careers

  • Local Church Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Collegiate Minister
  • International Missionary
  • Church Planter
  • Director of Religious Activities and Education
  • Adult Ministries Director
  • Christian Education Director
  • Religious Education Coordinator
  • Religious Studies Professor
  • Ministry Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

"12 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Postsecondary Teachers by 20302

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A psychology degree can help you start your journey on a number of career paths, from psychotherapist to clinical psychologist. The need for qualified psychologists is expected to grow by 8 percent by 2030. Find out more about the many career paths:

Psychologist1

A psychology degree from University of the Cumberlands can help you start your journey on a number of career paths, from psychotherapist to clinical psychologist. The need for qualified psychologists is expected to grow 8 percent by 2030. Currently, the median annual salary for these mental health professionals is $81,040.

Postsecondary Instructor2

Perhaps instead of practicing, you’re more interested in passing along what you’ve learned. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.

Or you could pursue a career in other fields altogether. With the solid foundation of critical thinking and people skills a psychology degree provides, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a variety of professional careers – from front-line sales to back-office management.

Careers

  • School Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Child Study Team Director
  • Early Intervention School Psychologist
  • Applied Behavior Specialist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Staff Psychologist
  • Neuropsychology Director
  • Psychology Instructor
  • Professor of Psychology

$81,040   Median Annual Pay for Psychologists1

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If you want to be an advocate for others to lead a better and healthier life, an Online Bachelor's of Applied Science in Public Health could be what you've been looking for.  But what exactly can I do with a public health degree? The answer is, actually a lot.

The Online Bachelor's of Applied Science in Public Health, from University of the Cumberlands, could give you the foundation you need to pursue a number of rewarding careers.

Health Educator1

If your desire is to help people lead better, healthier lives, a public health degree can set you up for a number of careers serving the health and wellness needs of your community. And there’s a growing need for these professionals. In fact, jobs for health educators are expected to grow 11 percent over the next several years. Currently, the median annual salary for these public service health professionals is $48,860.

Human Service Assistant2

Just want to get your foot in the door? From nursing homes to fitness training, a public service degree could also open doors to other related careers, including that of a caseworker or community coordinator. Job openings for Social and Human Service Assistants are projected to grow 17 percent by 2030 with a median salary of $37,610.

Or you could pursue a career outside of health or human services altogether. The insights you’ll gain will help you prepare for any job that requires critical thinking and people skills as well as a professional demeanor – from business to customer service to office work.

Careers

  • Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Community Health Consultant
  • Director of Wellness Programs
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • Health Program Representative
  • Caseworker
  • Advocate
  • Family Support Worker
  • Human Services Program Specialist

"17 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Health Educators by 20301

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