Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science Degree Program

The degree programs offered by the College of Quality and Engineering Management are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in Quality Assurance Science and Engineering Management. Graduates are expected to possess sufficient knowledge to achieve professional certification (e.g., registration with ASQ or PMI) if they choose to do so. Expected outcomes for each degree program are based on guidelines established by the appropriate professional organizations such as the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science Program Objectives:

The BQAS degree program objective is to prepare the individual to be able to manage, plan, procure, design, and maintain an effective Quality Assurance Program within a company. The curriculum has also been designed to provide the fundamental course work and help prepare the student to sit for many of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certification Examinations. The program follows a general-purpose plan that provides flexibility of employment in industries throughout the country.

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BQAS Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. An ability to develop, operate, and manage quality control systems.
  2. An ability to acquire and analyze data using appropriate statistical methods to facilitate process analysis and improvement.
  3. An ability to apply modern problem solving tools and techniques necessary for quality tracking and improvement.
  4. An understanding of quality auditing and principles for meeting domestic and international standards.
  5. An ability to manage relations with customers and suppliers.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively.

BACHELOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE SCIENCE Degree Program Requirements

A High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required for admission. Applicants to the Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science degree program are expected to have a high school background in algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, physics and chemistry. If an applicant lacks this background, prerequisite courses will be assigned from the CNU curriculum.

The Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science degree program requires satisfactory completion of 121 units of academic work with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the following areas:

General Education 30 units (Lower division)
Basic Sciences 22 units (Lower division)
Foundations of Quality Management 12 units (Lower division)
Quality Assurance Techniques 30 units (Upper division)
Quality Assurance Electives 24 units (Upper division)
Capstone Project 3 units (Upper division)
Total 121 units

Courses will be offered in a systematic manner, i.e., where applicable, prerequisites must be completed before the student can enroll in subsequent high-level offerings. Click here for the course listings for the Bachelor of Quality Assurance degree program. General Education and the Capstone Project are described in the following paragraphs.

General Education 30 units (Lower division)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science degree must complete a breadth requirement of 30 General Education units. Students may elect to take the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams to meet this requirement instead or in combination with courses. Credit given for General Education courses taken through CLEP exams is based on passing scores as determined according to the range of acceptable scores established by the American Council on Education (ACE).

  1. Communications (written/oral)
  2. Computation (quantitative reasoning/concepts)
  3. Social Science (history, sociology, economics, and politics)
  4. Computer Technology & Practice
  5. Humanities (literature, philosophy, language, culture, the arts)
  6. Life/Physical Sciences

Capstone Project 3 units (Upper Division)

A Capstone Project is required which entails an approved proposal on a subject relevant and current to Quality Assurance Science. The project report will be evaluated in terms of the relevance and high quality of the final product. The expectation is that the Capstone Project will entail one trimester of work requiring 4 hours of practicum each week for 15 weeks.

Continuing with your QAS education, an MBA can be earned with a specialization in Quality Assurance.