This academic degree is awarded to students after completing all undergraduate coursework related to a major, or specialization — typically 120-128 credits. Earning a bachelor's degree usually takes 3-4 years of full-time study, but can range from 2-6 years depending on the school, part of the world, or number of credits you take each semester.
There are two types of bachelor's degrees: bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.). Those earning a B.A. tend to focus more on liberal arts coursework, such as the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Earning a B.S. on the other hand, delves into the physical and life sciences, as well as mathematics. However, there are schools that offer a B.A.for all academic programs and those that offer B.S. degrees for arts-related coursework.
According to statistics, those with a bachelor's degree tend to earn twice what those with only high school diplomas do over a lifetime. Even compared to those with some post-high school education, bachelor's degree-holders earn on average one-third more. Bachelor's degrees also open the door to higher learning and achievement, enabling you to enter master's degree and doctoral programs, where earning potential is often even higher.
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