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Difference Between BA and BS

Main Difference

It often becomes difficult for students to differentiate between B.A and B.S when it is about taking admission in college or universities after passing from high school. Both B.A and B.S refers to undergraduate degrees but there are many differences between them on courses, field of study and their duration. The main difference between B.A and BS is that B.A programs or generally offered in the liberal arts, the sciences or in both. While B.S is a science degree that is offered for more science-oriented programs.

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What is B.A?

Bachelor of Arts or simply B.A is a bachelor degree or undergraduate degree awarded for an undergraduate program either in the liberal arts, the sciences or both. The completion period of B.A degree varies from countries to countries, institution or importance of the program, however, generally consists upon three to four years. In some countries there B.A refers to one to two-year postgraduate B.A with honours degree. At present the countries which are offering B.A degrees in four years are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tunisia, Kuwait, Iraq, Ireland, Thailand, and South Korea. The countries were B.A last for three years are: European Union, Australia, India, Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapore, and Switzerland.

What is B.S?

Bachelor of Science or simply B.S or B.Sc. is a bachelor degree or undergraduate degree offered or more science-oriented programs and it is generally lasted for three to five years. Programs offered under B.S varies from universities to universities like The London School of Economics (LSE) offers BS degrees in generally all fields even those associated with arts programs while the Oxbridge universities almost exclusively award arts qualifications. Likewise Northwestern University School of Communication offers B.S degrees in study of theater dance, radio, media, television and film. University of London was the first university who offered the degree of Bachelor of Science. Prior to this development, all science programs like mathematics, physics, physiology and botany were part of the B.A.

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Key Differences

  1. Both B.A and B.S degrees has worth. B.A programs mainly focused on communication, theoretical and writing skills. B.S programs highly emphasis on analytical and practical skills and provides a detailed understanding of the subject.
  2. Program and specialization in both field varies from universities to universities. However, normally B.A covers the languages, literature, humanities, sociology, and history related programs. B.S degree on other hands is awarded in physical and biological sciences, engineering, computing, and agriculture.
  3. A programs may be learned via distance learning scheme while B.S programs or regular programs or take full-time study in universities or colleges.
  4. A often provides jobs opportunities that deal largely with sociopolitical issues such as planning and law. B.S often provides jobs opportunities that deal largely with the fields where science is instrumental.
  5. S degrees tends to often more experience as compare to B.A because of more laboratory work.
  6. A programs or generally offered in the liberal arts, the sciences or in both. While B.S is a science degree that is offered for more science-oriented programs.
  7. The completion period of B.A degree varies from countries to countries, institution or importance of the program, however, generally consists upon three to four years. While B.S programs generally lasted for three to five years.
  8. Prior to B.S, all science programs like mathematics, physics, physiology and botany were part of the B.A.
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