Types of Online Bachelor’s Degrees Available

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

A bachelor’s degree, typically a four-year college program, usually consists of 120 to 128 credits. At the end of the program, students graduate with one of two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Most online bachelors degree programs offer both types of these degrees.

Bachelor of Arts
A B.A. requires a majority of the 120 credits to come from arts classes:

  • social sciences
  • humanities / liberal arts
  • music
  • fine arts

Bachelor of Science
A B.S. program concentrates on science courses, such as:

  • life sciences
  • physical sciences
  • mathematical sciences

Online Bachelor's Degree Programs
Within those two broad degree programs sit a variety of majors, or fields of study. Online universities offer many of the same fields of study that conventional universities do. Students attending an online university to obtain their bachelor's degree may major in subjects such as:

  • Nursing
  • Information Technology
  • Web Design & Development
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Business Leadership
  • Science
  • Teaching
  • Special Education

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