College is a large industry with its own lingo and rules. Learning what a bachelor’s degree is and how long it takes to earn is important information when deciding whether to enter a program. For many, working towards their undergrad were moments of great friendship, knowledge, and inspiration.

What is a Bachelor's Degree

It is the certificate awarded for successful undergraduate studies. On the spectrum of education, undergraduate studies lies between high school (grade 9 – 12) and graduate studies (masters program). Some colleges have uniquely designed curriculum not offered anywhere else.

Many colleges offer online directories and class catalogs that give prospective students with an idea of what they could be studying if they receive acceptance into that program.


Bachelor’s degree (also known as baccalaureate) is, “a degree awarded by a college or university to a person who has completed undergraduate studies.” Undergraduate studies follows successfully completion of high school, grades 9 through 12.  After receiving the degree, if one wished to continue their education they would enter a graduate studies program to earn a master degree.  


The field and specific area of study are held within the titles, such as, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (B.S. Psychology) and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (B.A. Business Administration). collegeCredit: pixabay

Time Commitment 

The general time span is between three to five years. The time and classes required for a bachelor’s degree vary depending on the area of study and college.

A Bachelor or Arts in Art tends to lie around the three-year range. Bachelor of Sciences run the gambit of taking longer due to the high amount of lab classes required. Each class is worth an amount of units towards the total number of units required for a degree. Lab classes take up the time, scheduling, and work of a regular class, but are worth a small fraction of the units. This results in longer enrolment requiring more semesters.

Degree Requirements

Schools will have their degree requirements, unit requirements, and class catalog including class units readily displayed.  It is also common for schools to have prospective calendar for a student in a given program as to roadmap the path to reaching the degree.

Along with the knowledge, the benefits of an undergrad program are personal and long-lasting. The personal and professional development is a valuable investment for the future. Not to mention the advantages of networking with like-minded people interested in the same subject as you and being competitive for higher paying jobs and opportunities.