A bachelor’s degree program is an undergraduate program that usually takes four years to complete. Enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program requires that students choose a major area of study, such as finance, history, communications or biology. Graduates from a bachelor’s degree program are qualified to work in entry or management-level positions, depending on the field.
A bachelor’s degree is also usually required for admittance into a graduate program. The different types of degrees available in a bachelor’s degree program include the following:
Nine times out of ten when someone says they’re going to earn a “college” degree, they’re talking about a four-year bachelor’s degree. It is the degree of choice among employers seeking college educated applicants to fill entry-level positions and the most popular of undergraduate degrees.
A traditional bachelor’s degree has three components: general education, core courses and elective courses. General education curriculum is usually the same for all students attending a Institute or university, and often has a liberal arts focus. Core courses are major specific and designed to help students become proficient is a specific field of study or discipline. Elective courses, or “electives”, are selected by each individual student – with the assistance of an academic advisor – and typically focus on a student’s major. Students’, who have completed an associate degree at a regionally accredited community college, are often exempt from completing a majority of the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
There are several types of bachelor’s degrees. The two most common are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) The Bachelor of Arts typically has a strong liberal arts emphasis. The Bachelor of Science focuses more on technical disciplines and applied sciences. However, the B.A. and B.S. designations may vary from one higher education institution to the next. Where most schools award engineering degrees as a B.S., there are some that award engineering degrees as a B.A. Some schools offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Yet others offer the same degree as a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
A traditional bachelor’s degree program takes 4 years to complete. There are however many bachelor’s degree programs that can now be completed in less time. Accelerated bachelor’s degrees can be completed in as little as three years. Accelerated degrees are often offered via online distance learning.
Earning a bachelor’s degree is usually a prerequisite for attending a graduate school or post-graduate professional program.