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What Is a BS Degree and What Can You Do With One?

From the classes you’ll take to the jobs you can pursue, we discuss the basics of the BS degree.

Whether you pursue higher education on campus or online, a bachelor’s degree is an essential credential to have when looking for a job or making a move in your chosen field. In fact, Georgetown’s University’s Center on Education and the Workforce estimated that by 2020, 35% of job openings would require at least a bachelor’s degree.1

From acronyms and classes to the type of jobs you can get with a BS degree, we answer some of the common questions people ask about earning a bachelor’s degree.

What is a BS degree?

A BS degree, or Bachelor of Science, is an undergraduate degree that focuses on fields that are considered science- or technology-based. Some universities offer Bachelor of Arts, or BA, degrees in areas that may be considered a science, but this is at the discretion of the institution.

What areas can I study to earn a BS degree?

Earning a BS degree allows you to gain innovative science and technology skills that are highly sought after in today’s job market, from accounting and economics to information technology and engineering to psychology and human services. You can also build your confidence as a writer and improve your overall reading comprehension skills.

What kind of classes will I take in a BS degree program?

Whether you’re pursuing a BA or a BS degree, both on-campus and online bachelor’s degree programs require you to complete a number of core introductory courses in areas such as communication, the social sciences, math, science, and arts and humanities. Once completed, the remainder of your BS degree credits will focus specifically on your field of study, with classes getting more advanced as you continue.

What kind of jobs can I get with a BS degree?

Because BS degrees are so diverse, the jobs you can get with one are equally diverse. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 174 occupations require a bachelor’s degree for entry. Employment in these bachelor’s-level occupations is projected to grow by 10% though 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.2 Some of these potential career options—and their associated BS degrees—include:

What support will I have as a first-time college student?

For those who are new to the college experience and just beginning a bachelor’s degree program, the Walden Undergraduate Academy™ offers additional support. You’ll learn alongside other first-time students, completing a prescribed set of General Education courses during the first four quarters of your online program. During this time, you will have the support of specially trained advisors and faculty dedicated to providing you with a strong foundation for continued academic success. You’ll gain new workplace skills and earn certificates of completion for reaching key program milestones. Participating students of the Walden Undergraduate Academy™ also receive two financial incentives—reduced tuition prices for the General Education courses they complete while in the Academy and a grant upon successful completion of their degree program. It’s a great path for first-time adult college students who wish to position themselves for success as they embark on a new educational journey.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering online bachelor’s degree programs along with Walden University’s Undergraduate Academy for first-time adult students. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,