Earning your bachelor degree takes commitment to learning and an ability to communicate clearly. Most bachelor programs take four years to complete, however there are several (a bachelor degree in architecture, for example) that will take students five years to finish. Some students, of course, can earn their bachelor degree ahead of schedule by taking heavy course loads or by transferring in credits from an associate's degree program.
Bachelor degree programs offer options for both the students of arts and those who are interested in sciences. Courses from both major disciplines will overlap into your bachelor degree in science or the arts. Programs are comprised of required classes, the prescribed electives for your major, and free elective classes open to all majors.
General bachelor degree requirements can vary by college or university, but most schools require you to take a concentration of required classes during your first two years to satisfy general education requirements, followed by two years of upper division classes in your major field, plus electives. Schools also require that, in order to earn your bachelor degree, you maintain a minimum passing grade point average.
Your lower division general class requirements typically include foundation courses in Writing and Composition, Critical Thinking, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Mathematics, Arts, and Foreign Language. When you move into your upper division bachelor degree courses, you'll be taking intermediate and advanced training in the subject of your chosen field. Classes can include a wide range of laboratory work, seminars, directed projects, and research work in your specialization.
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