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CSI Launches Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Operations Management

Release Date: Wednesday 2022-05-04

Twin Falls, ID – The College of Southern Idaho is relaunching the only bachelor’s degree in Idaho offered at a community college. The revamped Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Operations Management is designed to allow students and workers in the Magic Valley to attain a bachelor’s degree without having to relocate or take classes solely online, providing them with a local option to gain the knowledge and skills they need to advance in the workforce.

The original bachelor’s degree program was specifically targeted at the food processing industry, a focus that proved to be much too narrow. “Sometimes early adopters and innovators are faced with learning from their mistakes, and I freely admit that we were far too focused on one business and industry sector when we launched the program a few years ago,” says CSI Provost Dr. Todd Schwarz. “But we couldn’t be more excited about this revision and what it will mean to the thousands of prospective students looking to further their career goals and ambitions.”

Upon review of the food processing program and following the graduation of the first group of students, the decision was made to revise the upper division curriculum to support a wider range of students with existing associate degrees. The new curriculum broadens the opportunity for students outside of food processing and manufacturing, positioning almost any student with an associate degree to benefit from the new program.

The existing courses have been modified and the program learning outcomes have been evaluated and broadened. Our team of faculty did a superb job of reinventing the program,” says Schwarz. “Now, anyone with an associate degree is eligible to complete their bachelor’s degree right here at CSI.”The new courses will launch with the Fall 2022 term and are now available for enrollment.

The delivery of the courses is scheduled in such a way as to facilitate participation by those currently working and wanting to complete their degree on a part-time basis.“We recognized that over the years, hundreds and likely thousands of graduates are struggling with how to advance in their careers and gain skills and knowledge around middle management, supply chain, human resources, business law, and the like. Now we’re committed to helping them all, not just a select few,” says Schwarz.

Those interested in pursuing the new Operations Management bachelor’s degree from CSI should contact the CSI Enrollment Service Office at or at 208-732-6250.