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    sonny_jr is offline Registered User
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    Question Difference between BA/BS and BAS (Bachelor in Applied Studies/Science)?


    I recently came across an old-time friend of mine that holds a BAS degree. Can anyone tell please explain what the difference is between a BA/BS and a BAS degree? Are BAS degrees marketable like BA/BS degrees? Or, are BAS degrees better or worse than their BA/BS counterparts? I'm quite curious since you really don't hear alot about BAS programs being offered by schools out there. From what I have gathered so far, a pre-requisite for a BAS is a AAS.

    Here are some programs I've come across:





    Thanks kindly in advance!

    - Sonny

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    TEKMAN is offline Semper Fi!
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    "The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS or BSc) are similar in some countries, in that they are the most common undergraduate degrees. In the United States and Canada, both degrees consist of a general education component (matriculants take courses in the humanities, social sciences , natural sciences, and mathematics). They typically require students to declare a major, take a certain number of elective courses, and sometimes have basic skills components (writing or computer proficiency exams), however, in countries not requiring a general education component - such as Australia - the subjects studied likely are different in each degree.

    The BS degree typically specifies more courses in the major (or cognate fields) than does the BA degree. The BA focuses on creating a well-rounded graduate through formal study of natural sciences, social sciences , and foreign languages. The BS degree tends to be awarded more often in the natural sciences than in the humanities. In the United States, the BS is often awarded in pre-professional academic majors more than purely academic ones. The BA degree is used four times as often by arts and sciences colleges than by professional and technical schools. Beyond these differences, the variation between the BA degree and the BS degree depends on the policies of the colleges and universities.

    A Bachelor of Applied Science usually requires a student to take a majority of their courses in the applied sciences, specializing in a specific area, such as

    Engineering - General
    Biological engineering
    Chemical engineering
    Civil engineering
    Computer engineering
    Electrical engineering
    Engineering science and mechanics
    Mechanical engineering
    Mechatronics engineering
    Mining engineering
    Software engineering
    A Bachelor of Applied Science does not necessarily require the study of an engineering discipline, although many universities only offer Engineering Degrees as BASc (in Canada), instead of the traditional B.Sc.. For example, a Nursing degree is often offered a Bachelor of Applied Science. Majors may be taken in more practical applications of sciences such as applied physics or applied chemistry. Most universities that offer this degree require a rigorous course schedule (at the University of British Columbia, for example, Engineering students take on average twice the credit load as Arts students).

    A graduate of a Bachelor of Applied Science program receives the designation BAS, B.ASc., B.App.Sc or B.Appl.Sc for a major or pass degree and BAS(Hons), B.ASc.(Hons) or others for an honours degree."

    In my opinion that from more sicence to liberal arts are:

    =>Bachelor of Science
    ==>Bachelor of Applied Science
    ===>Bachelor of Arts

    Hope this answers your questions.
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    pugbelly is offline Registered User
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    A BAS is typically more career/field oriented and is usually a terminal degree, though not always. It's also not uncommon for the BAS to have fewer general education requirements than the BS and BA degrees. Yes, the BAS is marketable, but it may not have quite the utility as the BS or BA. For example, some BAS degrees do not meet the prerequisites for grad school.


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