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U.S. undergraduate programs can award three principle degrees. Please explore them.


Associate Degree (A.S) Bachelor of Science(B.S) Bachelor of Art(B.A)
Length of Study:2 years Length of Study:4 years Length of Study:4 years

All degrees require you to take a combination of classes which your advisor will help you choose once you enroll. For all degrees you take a mixture of classes in science and mathematics, and social sciences, arts and humanities. You are expected to be a well-rounded person with a focus and skills in a particular area (your major). You can also take electives (classes you choose that are outside your major).

What happens:You can take general courses that will help you transfer to a 4-year college, or you can take a “professional degree.” What do you do:You focus on taking classes in technical fields. Some typical majors are biological and other sciences, engineering, and agriculture. Your majors (or specialty) can be in a wide range of areas, such as humanities, or sciences.
What can you do after:

  1. You can transfer to a 4 year college.
  2. You can also complete a professional degree such as veterinary technician, nurse, computers, etc
What can you do after:

  1. work in the area of your specialty
  2. continue to graduate school
What can you do after:

  1. work in the area of your speciality
  2. continue to graduate school


In many cases you can be an engineer or a computer scientist with either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.). For example, some universities offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in computer science. Both can get you similar jobs. Both require you take many of the same classes.


What is the difference? B.S. students see themselves as proper engineers and will be required to take a few more computer science and math classes. B.A students may be scientists, wanting to learn computer science to aid in the process of scientific discovery. They may be math majors and view computer science as a means to explore the boundaries of computation and the analysis of large-scale, multidimensional datasets. Or they may be majoring in the humanities (anthropology, media, languages, design) and find use for computer science in various technical applications.

January 22, 2015

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