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    Default Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    Mr BRS and I were talking tonight about my choice in bachelors degree program. When I originally talked to an adviser at school, they said that the science degree was mainly for pre-med students. It involved extra math, extra chemistry, and extra bio classes in areas related to the medical field (e.g. physiology, immunology, etc). And they said that if I was interested in animals/environmental issues that I could get an arts degree in biology and then that would make room for an environmental studies minor. You see, I had transferred to this university with enough credit hours to be a junior. However, it was all general education credits. In order to get the classes in that I need even for a bachelors of arts degree in biology, I will have to be there for a total of three years (am I now in the second half of my second year there, next year will be my last). Anyway, to make a long story short, Mr BRS thinks I won't be able to get a job with a bachelors of arts degree in biology. He thinks I should have went for the science degree, but it is too late now (unless I want to go for an additional year on top of what I already have to). So does anyone know if it will make much difference? I'm interested in environmental issues, conservation biology, and just animals in general. I guess I just thought the science degree was overkill, if not irrelevant to what I'm interested in.

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    The most important thing believe it or not is job-related skills e.g. internships stuff like that. Small jobs you may have related to your field of choice while you are attending college. It makes a big difference. If you want, you could take specialized summer courses/summer intensives on the side to supplement your education (that could be a lot of work but if you don't mind, they're available). Do you want to be a vet tech/assistant or do admin. work for an animal shelter, clinic, or hosp?
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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    None of the above. I am interested in environmental issues and conservation biology. I am planning on applying for a summer research program this year.

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    Sounds good. A part-time job in the related field, when you are ready, could help get you in the door after you finish your degree. I wish you the best whatever you decide.
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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    So you don't think it will make much of a difference considering what I am interested in?

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    B.S. degrees require more mathematical/logical base

    B.A. degrees require more liberal arts and less logic.

    I have a B.S. in Accounting, and I have friends from different universities that have B.A.'s in Accounting. The difference in my field is that I had to take a boat load of statistics and MIS courses, while the B.A's had a lot more business communication/law/liberal arts type classes and less math. BA V BS is a moot argument in accounting because all that matters is that you pass the CPA exam. I'm just better at spreadsheets and statistical analysis than my BA counterparts (and they have better writing skills)

    I can't answer your question about which is better; I would think that the B.S. in what you are talking about would give you more options in the future, but then again I could be wrong. You could always get your B.A then go and get a M.S (master of science). If you are talking more time, that is what I would do. Master's degrees are getting more and more important and if you can find the right employer you can get one for free.

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    ^^ Oh and an M.S. in Accounting only is 30 credit hours so maybe if you did an additional year you would leave with a B.A. AND an M.S. and have better future prospects.

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    My SIL has a BA in Biology and she works at a hospital running tests on the crap they take out of you like appendices and stuff...

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    You know, it's funny to see this topic. My DH has his Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering, which is a Bachelor of Science. Now, he is getting his Master's in Political Science (work related, not by choice) and he argues all the time with the professors about it. He wants to know why it is called "Political SCIENCE", which these professors insist it is a science, but he will recieve an "ARTS" degree. I thought it was a good point.....

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    hm..i dunno the different, for me it doesn't really matter, as long as you study what you're interested in, choose the major you like.. and plan well for your future job
    i think that matter the most, no?

    i took B.S in finance and MBA, but it doesn't really help me in job hunting... if there is one thing i learnt, that would be, working is not all about how much you studied before (the more you study, it mean you're more teachable..LOL), more importantly is how well you get along with your team and how much you can dedicate to your job~

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    I guess my logic was that it would be more helpful for me to have the liberal arts background because a lot of environmental issues deal with economics, sociology, etc etc. If I went with the BS, then all I would really know how to do is stuff in a laboratory. So I guess that is sort of the same thing Nashville is talking about. I'll have better writing and communication skills with the BA. I hope that I was right in my logic and won't be regretting it later when I'm trying to find a job.

    Oh, BTW Nashville, I'll have to attend a separate graduate school program. My college doesn't offer very many masters degrees, just stuff like business and nursing. I actually have a program picked out that has to do with environmental studies that is at another university.

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    Default Re: Anyone know the difference between a science and an arts degree?

    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post
    So you don't think it will make much of a difference considering what I am interested in?
    To be honest, not really. That's only my opinion. Maybe you can call up an organization that you would love to work for someday and ask regarding the necessary edu. background for a career in X. I've known many people to do that. I find that org. can be very helpful since they welcome young blood.
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