The USA has over 5,000 colleges and universities to choose from. Many schools even offer the same program but with different degrees. For example, at some schools, students can choose from a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Sciences (BS) in Psychology. What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Sciences?
BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA)
A Bachelor of Arts degree offers students a broader education in their major. Students are required to take a variety of liberal art subjects such as humanities, literature, history, social sciences, communications, and a foreign language. Students can select from a diverse list of courses that fulfill each liberal arts requirement. This allows students to actively mold their education to their interests. A BA degree provides a more diverse education in a particular major, therefore, a BA degree generally requires less credits than a BS degree.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCES (BS)
A Bachelor of Science degree offers students a more specialized education in their major. Generally, a BS degree requires more credits than a BA degree because a BS degree is more focused in the specific major. Students are required to focus on studying their major at a more in-depth level. Students have fewer chances to take classes outside of their major. A BS degree is generally offered in technical and scientific topics like engineering, technology, mathematics, computer science, nursing, and biochemistry. Although a BS degree is generally offered in scientific degrees, many schools offer BS degrees in specialized fields.
A Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Sciences are both perceived equally. One is neither better than the other. It strongly depends on whether you’d like to receive a more broader or specialized education in your major. Take some time to learn about each program you are interested so you can make the best decision for yourself.
Source: Study in the USA
Colleges And Universities List
Like a few other US-based university ranking publications, Forbes Magazine has recently released its 2015 selections for best U.S. colleges and universities. Schools were ranked in categories such as Public, Liberal Arts, Best Value, and Return on Investment. They were also ranked by major U.S. region: Southern, Midwest, Northeast and Western.
Forbes' Best Northeast U.S. Colleges and Universities include:
University of Pennsylvania
Forbes' Best Southern U.S. Colleges and Universities include:
University of Florida
University of Texas at Austin
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Miami
Forbes' Best Midwest U.S. Colleges and Universities include:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Minnesota
Forbes' Best Western U.S. Colleges and Universities include:
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
University of Washington
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, San Diego
Photo: University of California - San Diego
America's Top Colleges
Top 25 Southern Colleges
Top 25 Midwest Colleges
Top 25 Northeast Colleges
Top 25 Western Colleges
Source: Study in the USA
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