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Bachelor of Arts

blue_skyblue_sky Posts: 490Registered User Member
edited April 2009 in Columbia University
This might be a very silly question, but, does everyone in Columbia College graduate with a B.A.? There is no B.Sc?

Thanks.
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Replies to: Bachelor of Arts

  • DenzeraDenzera Posts: 3,371Registered User Senior Member
    you want a BS, go to the engineering school.
  • Cali101Cali101 Posts: 299Registered User Junior Member
    what's better? a BA or BS?
  • admissionsgeekadmissionsgeek Posts: 1,679Registered User Senior Member
    neither are better. but there are some differences. there is a degree of certification that a student needs to get a BS instead of a BA even in the same major field (look at columbia cs in the college v. the engineering school).

    the funny thing though is that most of the "uppity" schools historically refused to grant BS degrees because they thought they were lesser, more technical degrees - during which time schools like MIT were derided as trade schools and not universities..

    nowadays you will hear those especially interested in math and science propagate the belief that a BS is better. and somehow a BA in math or a physical science is weaker. the requirements are different, but saying one is better is more of a personal answer. do you want the more freedom a BA allows (fewer requirements for a major), or do you want to take more courses. either way it is how hard you work that will determine where you go next.

    it is really
  • confidentialcollconfidentialcoll Posts: 2,491Registered User Senior Member
    A BA in math from Columbia would be looked on no differently than if it was called a BS. Don't get caught up in nomenclature. You basically get a bachelors degree in X/Y/Z from a top university. People don't care that your columbia physics degree has a BA before it instead of a BS, it's still a science major.
  • Cali101Cali101 Posts: 299Registered User Junior Member
    good, because I plan on getting a BS and I was wondering if I am at a disadvantage if I get a BS
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Posts: 4,529Registered User Senior Member
    there is a degree of certification that a student needs to get a BS instead of a BA even in the same major field (look at columbia cs in the college v. the engineering school).

    This is BS -- as in bullsh--. A school can call its degree whatever it feels like.
    A BA in math from Columbia would be looked on no differently than if it was called a BS. Don't get caught up in nomenclature. You basically get a bachelors degree in X/Y/Z from a top university. People don't care that your columbia physics degree has a BA before it instead of a BS, it's still a science major.

    100% correct.
  • admissionsgeekadmissionsgeek Posts: 1,679Registered User Senior Member
    Bachelor of Science - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    hey c02, it may be more specialized - ex. at harvard you can get a BA (errr AB) in Engineering Sciences or a BS (S.B.) in Eng sci.

    FAS Handbook: Chapter 3: Engineering Sciences

    further compare the compsci ba and the bs at columbia.
    CS@CU QuickGuide for CC, GS, & Barnard CS Students
    CS@CU QuickGuide for SEAS CS Students

    10 courses in the seas core v. 7 in cc core. more requirements for the major for bs than ba.

    so not really bs, there is a difference or i should say "could be a difference" between a ba and a bs degree in the same field. i think it is worth knowing. i don't think it makes one > the other, but it is worth knowing the difference. but i'll leave you to find me why it is bs in most cases when i can show you the differentiation in two at two different unis.
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Posts: 4,529Registered User Senior Member
    so not really bs, there is a difference or i should say "could be a difference" between a ba and a bs degree in the same field.

    Your original statement is still a total crock of BS. But I think you've done a 180 and seem to have backed off of it, yet thrown in a bunch of irrelevant garbage.

    What is true is that:

    - a school might offer a BS and a BA in the same subject, whereby the BS has more requirements

    - a BS from one school doesn't inherently have more requirements than a BA from a different school

    I don't think you disagree with either statement. And based on the second statement, you are simply wrong to say "there is a degree of certification that a student needs to get a BS instead of a BA even in the same major field."

    The rest of
  • admissionsgeekadmissionsgeek Posts: 1,679Registered User Senior Member
    c02 - go show your thang to someone else, you are into minutia when you yourself often have the crock. i have given proof that there is differentiation, i have clarified my statement without offering a 180 that yes the differentiation is not absolute. if you feel like bringing it on, show proof instead of rhetoric. but frankly we are on the same side, feel like playing nice or i'll rip you to the wind cause i don't play nice.
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Posts: 4,529Registered User Senior Member
    i have given proof that there is differentiation,

    At certain schools that offer both a BA and a BS in the same subject, there is sometimes a difference between a BA and a BS. However, a BA and a BS aren't inherently different. I'm not sure whether you disagree with this or not.
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