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BA vs BS in chemistry?

ElvyElvy Posts: 284Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2010 in Other College Majors
hi guys,

what is the difference between a BA and a BS degree in chemistry? i understand that a BS is more science-related, but what about after-college perspectives? what are my chances of getting a decent job with a BA in chem?
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Replies to: BA vs BS in chemistry?

  • OminousRunOminousRun Posts: 690Registered User Member
    If you are worried about it in the future than go with the BS. It is typically a more subject intensive degree and held in higher regard for science jobs later on.
  • zapfinozapfino Posts: 2,485Registered User Senior Member
    The specific differences between the BA and BS depend on the particular school. Usually, the BA allows more opportunity for electives outside the major and is more appropriate for students who do not plan to go to graduate school in chemistry. The BS usually has additional requirements in chemistry and supporting sciences and is more appropriate for students who plan graduate study in chemistry or related fields. At many schools, the BS also is an American Chemical Society-approved program, which may provide some advantage in terms of employment. ACS Approved Undergraduate Programs
  • BlobofBlobof Posts: 1,183Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think it makes that much difference after college, a degree in chemistry is a degree in chemistry, the core stuff will be the same. As pointed out, the BA usually leaves more room for electives, but whether you use that flexibility in curriculum or not is up to you. I know a number of people who went the BA route instead of the BS route in math to avoid the first year science requirements (like 2 semesters of intro level physics, chemistry and bio) to take more math and language courses. It didn't hurt their grad school applications to have more advanced math courses than unnecessary intro courses in other departments.
  • CalBear2009CalBear2009 Posts: 586Registered User Member
    Although this isn't a scholarly article, I believe that it may be of some use for this discussion:

    Bachelor Degree - BA Vs. BS
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