What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in psychology?
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is primarily designed for students interested in becoming a practitioner (e.g., someone who works in an applied setting, primarily working one-on-one or in small groups with other individuals – such as a counselor, therapist, social worker, etc.) after graduating. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is primarily designed for students interested in becoming a researcher, scholar, neuroscientist, and/or attending medical school after graduating. Both the BA and BS degree can prepare students for graduate school programs. Take our short “Which Psychology Major/Concentration Should I Choose? Quick Quiz” to determine which degree might be the best fit for you. A copy of the most up-to-date psychological roadmaps can also be found on our Degrees and Minors webpage. Note: While students can complete research experience for-credit in both the BA and BS degree programs, the BS major requires formal research experience before one can graduate. Most faculty members’ research labs require at least a 3.0-3.2 GPA – visit our Research Experience webpage for more detailed information and available research opportunities.