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What are the differences between a BA and a BS in Psychology?


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2008-11-25 07:04:52
2008-11-25 07:04:52

The only difference would be some of the electives and general education requirements. BA degrees usually have a foreign language requirement. You probably would have to take more math, sciences, and computer classes (and less language and social science classes) with a BS. When I was looking at BA/BS programs, I noticed social science programs that had a BS made students take more statistics classes and more biology/chemistry classes. They also had to take neuro-psychology and study the brain/brain chemcials in depth. However, these classes will help better prepare you for graduate school. If you want to take the Social Psychology route, then a BA would be fine... otherwise, go for the BS. Generally, BA degrees require a specific amount of foreign language classes in order to graduate. In contrast, you usually have to take more reasoning classes ( i.e. math or philosophy) to graduate with a BS. It depends on the institution and the psychology department within the school as to which focus they prefer.

The BA has a broader scope, with a strong emphasis on the humanities, theoretical and general knowledge in a recognized discipline, interdisciplinary field, or of a professional study.

The BS is more of a focused approach with a science base to include a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, math and computer oriented skills, and practical skills needed for a particular discipline within the field


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Usually, the difference between a BA and a BS, is the amount of general education courses required to complete the degree for graduation purposes. The BS is usually more career oriented with more course particular to the field. The above statement is true. However, in the job market, it doens't matter much which degree is attained.

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