I have the opportunity to graduate with two degrees in chemistry and mathematics.
I've taken enough classes and earned enough credits to get BS degrees in both however my college is really bizarre and will let you graduate with only one BS degree (the other has to be BA, MS, etc.).
So my question is this:
Should I graduate with a BS in Chemistry and a BA in math or a BA in Chemistry and a BS in math?
I'm not really sure if BS vs BA makes a difference in the job market.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say get the BS in Chemistry. There are a lot more industrial applications, and if you're American, you can become an ACS certified chemist with a BS (I believe you can't with a BA). A degree in maths will look good no matter what.
>A degree in maths will look good no matter what.
I feel kinda gypped though. I've earned enough credits for two BS degrees :(
Does the ACS certification really matter that much?
>It probably doesn't, but I'd go with BS in chem, personally.
That's what I was leaning towards. Chemistry is a science and math is an art so it only makes sense to do a BS and BA in the respective fields.
I wouldn't get too hung up on the "art" element of the BA. In short, it's a degree that is a bit more broad in focus, whereas a BS is requires a more narrow study of the field. BA's require fewer credits in the specific area of study, which is why OP has good reason to be mad that he can't graduate with two BS's.
At my low tier university, a BA in chemistry only requires a"Fundamentals in Physical Chemistry" and the BSc requires regular P.chem 1 and 2. Basically, the BA is geared to students who want to go to med school; it's a preprofessional degree.
I can't say for sure if the ACS really matters a whole lot, but I think it's more of a resume thing and it adds another aspect of judging your competence when applying for jobs. There are tons of jobs for a BS in chemistry regardless though, so it most likely wouldn't be a deal-breaker.
I'm getting a BA in math and a BS in EE. In my case however, there just no BS option for math. There is no restrictions on degree limit though.
I just take the opportunity to take it like a joke and call my self a science artist. That pisses off the Arts students I know.