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BA vs BS Degrees: Which is Better?

Dan Marlow
By Dan Marlow - May 14, 2016 2:56:03 PM

The Arts or the Sciences: Choosing the Degree That's Right for You

When students are looking to pursue a 4-year college degree, one critical decision they must make is whether or not to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program.  

This decision can have lifetime consequences, so it's important to choose carefully based on your desired career goals and expectations.

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WHAT IS A BACHELOR OF ARTS, BA DEGREE?

Students studying for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree typically focus more heavily on humanities subjects, including courses on:

  • Language & Literature
  • Art
  • History
  • Social Sciences

Many colleges have leeway as to how they administer these programs and may tailor courses according to a particular student's goals.  One common use for Bachelor of Arts degree programs is as a pre-professional degree, for students who wish to enroll in a postgraduate, career-focused program such as:

It's important to note that while there are some BA degrees that are sufficient for pursuing a career directly after college -- such as a BA degree in Elementary and Secondary Education for aspiring teachers -- many BA degrees are designed to provide students with a broad education, not necessarily with a specific career focus

WHAT IS A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BS DEGREE?

A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is more technically focused, as students who pursue such degrees will have more significant emphasis on mathematics and science as part of their curriculum.  

Compared to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, which offers more variability and a wider spectrum of subject matter, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is more focused on techincal skills and more aligned to specific jobs and specific career paths available in that field of study

 

WHICH DEGREES ARE OFFERED BY ABTU?

As a career-focused online university, ABTU offers Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs (a type of BS degree), with degrees available in the following key career fields:

HOW ARE THESE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BS DEGREES STRUCTURED?

These degrees, designed as 60 credit-hour programs, are taken after a student has earned an Associate Degree, or its equivalent, either from ABTU or another institution.  

Each program consists of 15 credit hours of general education and 45 credit hours of program specific courses, meaning that students spend 75% of their time in degree-specific courses making them career-ready upon graduation and highly attractive to employers for internships prior to graduating.

Students who do not already possess an Associate Degree (or equivalent) can enroll in ABTU's 2 year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs, which are related to and serve as the prerequisite programs for each of the BAS programs noted above. These high-demand, career-focused programs include:

 

AAS DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED AT ABTU

 

One of the many advantages of first receiving an AAS degree at ABTU is that these credits can apply directly toward your future BAS degree which can usually be acheived with only 2 more years of school.

This is known as our "2+2 Program" which is designed to minimize your amount of time and investment required, as well as to help streamline and fastrack your employment opportunities all the while finishing out your degree.

 

WHAT IF I HAVE TRANSFER CREDITS?

If you have a number of transfer credits from a prior school or schools, which may fall into the AAS, the BAS or even both degree programs, ABTU provides a complimentary transcript evaluation to help design a degree path that's right for you, based on your particular situation and career goals. Click the link above to see what you'll need to get started.

 

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

If you're looking for an award-winning school that offers accredited, 100% online, career-focused AAS and BAS degree programs, please contact us today. We're here to help!