Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree?

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One important question a student should address early in determining their course of study is whether to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

What is the difference between a BS and a BA?
The major difference between the BS degree and the BA degree is that the BS requires the course, “Probability and Statistics,” along with two additional math/science courses, while the BA requires two courses in the same foreign language.

How do you know which degree is right for you?
The answer to this question is not necessarily as easy to come by as it might seem. Largely, it depends on what you want to do with your degree. For many majors, there is little difference between the two degrees, other than the math/science vs. foreign language requirements. However for other majors, such as biology, the BS degree, requires significantly more math and science, and is therefore generally preferred for students considering pursuing medical school or other technical graduate programs. For additional help in determining which degree to choose, see your academic advisor or visit the Office of Advisement.