Bachelor’s Degrees

Bachelor’s Degrees

Bachelor’s degrees are offered at all 4-year colleges and universities, from large public institutions to small private colleges. The two most common types of bachelor’s degrees are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Some fields offer specialized degrees, such as the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), but many schools simply lump these programs under the more general B.A. or B.S. categories.
Whether you earn a B.A. or a B.S. depends as much on your institution as your field of study. Some schools offer a B.A. for humanities and social sciences and a B.S. for applied sciences and research programs, but many institutions divide their degree programs by the graduation requirements.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the most common fields for bachelor’s degree students are business, social studies, health sciences and education (www.nces.ed.gov).

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