A bachelor’s degree is a four-year degree meaning it usually takes four years of full-time study to complete a bachelor’s degree. In these four years, you will complete 120 semester credits or around 40 college courses.

A bachelor’s is a post-secondary undergraduate degree. Traditionally, the term “college degree” means a bachelor’s or traditional four-year degree. Bachelor degrees are also sometimes called baccalaureate degrees. Liberal arts classes are required for all types of bachelor degrees.  In most cases, more than half of a bachelor’s degree consists of general education or liberal arts courses in areas such as English, critical thinking, psychology, history and mathematics. Typically 30 to 36 credits will be in your major area of study.

The bachelor’s degree remains the standard for entry into many professional careers. Getting a bachelor’s degree can be the ticket to a successful career.

Usually you cannot attend a professional graduate school in law, medicine, or teacher education unless you hold a bachelor’s degree. It is needed before obtaining a master’s degree.