What is a bachelor's degree?
A bachelor's degree, sometimes called a baccalaureate degree, is an undergraduate college degree which is awarded by universities or colleges after the completion of approximately 120 semester credit hours, or approximately 30 classes. Courses include a major of study, general education, and elective classes. A bachelor's degree offers many benefits. Examples include increased earning potential, greater career opportunities, and the potential to continue towards graduate school. If you have completed an associate's degree or transfer program, many schools will allow students to transfer up to 60 credits in towards your bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree should take approximately four years to complete if classes are taken as a full-time student.
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Updated January 2014