11 Science-Related Bachelor Degrees That Will Help You Land a New Job
As we wrote just earlier this month, getting a science degree is usually one that pays off better than an arts degree. Once you've made that choice, though, the next decision comes from which type of science degree to pursue. Almost all colleges require you to specialize in a certain area, so here are some tips to help you decide.
Practice or Preach?
Because a bachelor's degree is a highly-skilled degree filled with a lot of theoretical knowledge, career possibilities generally fall into either theory or practice. In science, you'd be using your degree for either lab work or teaching. This is admittedly over-simplifying matters a bit, but that's the general idea.
Narrowing it Down
Here's a list of common science specializations, and a brief description of what each consists of:
Computer Science: Understanding, designing and developing computer programs
Computer Engineering: Understanding, design and developing computer systems
Software Engineering: Understanding, designing and developing software programs, more focused on software development than computer engineering (which tends to focus on the system as a whole)
Engineering: Usually combined with another area of study, like chemical or software, and teaches you how to create things from a detailed, knowledgeable perspective
Psychology: Learning about the mind, but more from a scientific aspect, such as learning about brain anatomy and physiology
Chemistry: The building blocks of life are elements and compounds, and you'll learn what happens when you mix different combinations together
Biology: Another way of looking at life's building blocks is how they happen in living beings or plants
Physics: What's the universe made of and what laws govern it? This is what you'll be figuring out
Astronomy: Although astronomy and physics overlap a great deal, this degree deals more with stars and other heavenly bodies, and their behavior
Mathematics: This is an incredibly broad field where you can specialize many different ways, but you'll essentially be figuring out problems where the numbers are shorthand for what goes on in life
Earth and Atmospheric s Sciences: Just as physics is concerned with big-body occurrences and laws, earth and atmospheric science deals with the same, albeit a lot closer to home.
What to Prepare For
There's a common misnomer that a science degree means no essays. While you will be a lot more focused on the practical side of learning, you won't be totally excused from writing papers because of your electives. Colleges like to see that you're a well-rounded student, and that means taking some classes in the arts, which papers are a big focus of.
Conversely, your workload may actually be a bit heavier precisely because science is so much more practice-focused than the arts. There are lectures, labs and tutorials for you to attend, all of which may amount to more class time than liberal arts. As well, the work is more precise, meaning you have less wiggle room to arrive at an answer than simply picking a solution and logically explaining it.
Opting to do a bachelor's degree in a science stream still is more valued by employers in the workforce, and has a slight edge in more lucrative careers like medicine or research. Take your time in choosing this area, don't be afraid to talk to other students, and examine yourself closely to see if you'd be a right fit for science.
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