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What is a bachelor’s degree?

What Is A Bachelor’s Degree?

A baccalaureate degree is a 4 year degree in a specific field (like science, English, law, or medicine) provided by an accredited institution that helps the student progress in a chosen career.

A bachelor’s degree is the next degree after an associate’s degree.  A bachelor’s degree requires about 2 more years of education in the chosen field (or major). There are several types of bachelor’s degrees for you to choose from. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are the most common. For example, a BA degree could focus on music, literature, history, government, languages, or others.  A BS degree is geared specifically towards those who want a career in science, mathematics, or medicine. Some other popular bachelor’s degrees include the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Technology, and Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies.

What is the Texas Core Curriculum?

Your family member may have taken core curriculum courses or basics such as Math, English, and History that are guaranteed to transfer to any Texas public university. Texas law requires that you complete a core curriculum (between 42 and 48 credit hours). Core Curriculum courses are courses that fulfill lower-division (freshman and sophomore) basic requirements for a specific major/degree plan and are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Texas. Each college or university identifies which of its courses fit into the core curriculum. If you complete the core curriculum with grades of “C” or better and transfer, the entire core curriculum transfers and substitutes for the core curriculum you would have taken at your new school!


The “Tuning Texas” project, led by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, can help your family member transfer from the community college to the university. “Tuning” is a faculty-led process that is designed to create a shared understanding of the subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that a graduate must demonstrate upon completion of a degree program. The “Fine-Tuning” (or course alignment) process involves identifying a set of first and second year classes for a given discipline area, up to the level of a certificate or an associate’s degree. By agreeing on what a student needs to know, community colleges and universities develop voluntary transfer compacts and agreements to help your family member take the right courses and learn the information needed for the university classes. Subject areas for the tuning project have been selected based on job outlook and high demand in Texas. You and your family member can plan a four year degree in one of these areas by clicking here.