A bachelor's degree is the definitive four-year college degree and is the standard credential for entry-level jobs in many professional fields. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree varies from school to school, but generally works out to four years of full-time study. Some students may take more or less time to complete the degree depending on their pace of study, transfer credits and specific program requirements. Online bachelor's degree programs are tailored for students who want a flexible schedule as they pursue their college education.
A bachelor's degree can be the ticket to a high-paying professional job. According to a 2011 report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, workers with a bachelor's degree earn on average 84 percent more over their lifetime than those who stopped after receiving a high school diploma.
Types of bachelor's degrees
There are two main types of bachelor's degrees, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Although the difference between these two degrees varies from college to college, in general, a B.S. degree is awarded for studies in the sciences, technical fields and mathematics, while a B.A. is awarded for study in the liberal arts and humanities. Bachelor's degree courses include general education requirements as well as courses specific to the major.
A bachelor's degree can prepare students for work in a wide range of professions or for further study in graduate school.
The College Payoff, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University, http://cew.georgetown.edu/collegepayoff