bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree is the diploma you get when you graduate from college. You might earn a bachelor's degree in Spanish literature or biology, for example. Sorry to break it to you: you cannot earn a bachelor's degree in beer pong.

For many college students, a four year program of study ends when they're awarded a bachelor's degree. This degree may be a BA, or Bachelor of Arts, or a BS, Bachelor of Science, depending on what subject the student majored in. If you continue beyond a bachelor's degree, you may earn a master's or even a PhD. A bachelor's degree is also called a baccalaureate, "university degree of a bachelor," from the Medieval Latin baccalaureus, "student with the first degree."

Definitions of bachelor's degree
  1. noun
    an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies
    synonyms: baccalaureate
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    AB, Artium Baccalaurens, BA, Bachelor of Arts
    a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences
    ABLS, Bachelor of Arts in Library Science
    a bachelor's degree in library science
    BAN, Bachelor of Arts in Nursing
    a bachelor's degree in nursing
    BD, Bachelor of Divinity
    a bachelor's degree in religion
    BLitt, Bachelor of Literature
    a bachelor's degree in literature
    Bachelor of Medicine, MB
    (a British degree) a bachelor's degree in medicine
    BMus, Bachelor of Music
    a bachelor's degree in music
    BNS, Bachelor of Naval Science
    a bachelor's degree in naval science
    BS, Bachelor of Science, SB
    a bachelor's degree in science
    BSArch, Bachelor of Science in Architecture
    a bachelor's degree in architecture
    Bachelor of Science in Engineering
    a bachelor's degree in engineering
    Bachelor of Theology, ThB
    a bachelor's degree in theology
    type of:
    academic degree, degree
    an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
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