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What is the difference between a BA and a BS?

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Ashley Howard on April 18, 2018

BA/BS, DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GRADES . Background: in 1984, the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee was asked to prepare a policy statement which would differentiate betweeneen bachelor of Science degrees and Bachelor of Arts degrees at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The need for this arose when some departments at Cal Poly proposed to change their ba degrees to B. S. degrees. The requests were denied by the chancellor's Office in part because Cal Poly, SLO, had no campus policy which specified the differences between the two degrees. 1. Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees should have a reasonable balance of three components: . One of the major providing depth of preparation in academic or professional field. . General of the education offered by the university-level education in science and mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and in human communication. . Electives chosen to fit the student's preferences or needs. (It is recognized that the number of these electives may be fewer in some degrees because of accreditation requirements, but the inclusion of some electives is important.) 2. Bachelor of Arts: . is usually less specialized than a Bachelor of Science degree. . requires a minimum of 180 quarter units for the degree; 36 units are required in the major, of which at least 18 units at the 300-400 level. . it is normally awarded in such majors as languages, literature, other humanities, and history. 3. Bachelor of Science: . it usually consists in technical fields. . requires a minimum of 180 quarter units for the degree; 54 units are required in the major, of which at least 27 quarter units are at the 300-400 level. . it is normally awarded in such majors as the physical and biological sciences, engineering, agriculture, and food. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IS MORE CAREER ORIENTED; WHEREAS, BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IS MORE CONTINUING EDUCATION ORIENTED. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE TRANSFERS EASILY NOW WHERE BEFORE NOT. MY VOTE IS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, SORRY ALL THE ARTS OF THE PEOPLE! Sources: Academic Senate Resolution AS-172-85/CC, Campus Administrative Manual Section 411 to Speak with the counselor at your school to find out what path is best for your particular case important.


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