bachelor's degree


Definition of bachelor's degree

: a degree that is given to a student by a college or university usually after four years of study

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Powers earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Marquette University, graduating with high honors. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Obituary: Mary Ellen Powers was a behind-the-scenes force in Milwaukee's business community," 13 July 2018 Education Henry Clay High School, in Lexington; bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University; law degree from the University of Virginia. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 10 things to know about Andy Beshear, candidate for governor," 9 July 2018 Emo earned her bachelor's degree from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia, then got a master's in finance at the University of Houston. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Mayor Turner names new finance director for city of Houston," 22 June 2018 Capuder earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from National Louis University and a master's degree in school leadership from Concordia University. Steve Schering,, "Oak Park District 97 removes interim tag, names Capuder as principal of Brooks School," 30 Jan. 2018 The percentage of female computer science bachelor's degree recipients declined from more than 35 percent in 1985 to 18 percent by 2014, or about 10,000 female graduates, the National Science Foundation found. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Rose-Hulman professor hopes to get more girls in STEM by studying the Irish," 10 July 2018 The poverty rate among Detroit residents who fail to finish high school was 52.1 percent in the latest government data; the poverty rate for Detroiters with a bachelor's degree was 12.6 percent. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "These Detroiters aren't looking for jobs. Why might surprise you," 8 June 2018 After graduating from Bristol University with a bachelor's degree in economic history, Kingston went to work in the Diplomatic Missions Unit of the United Kingdom's Foreign Office, according to The Telegraph. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Thomas Kingston, Lady Gabriella Windsor's Fiancé," 19 Sep. 2018 Women earn the majority of bachelor's degrees in biological, social sciences and psychology, according to National Science Foundation statistics, whereas men earn more degrees in engineering, physics and computer sciences. Ben Guarino,, "Only 3 in 10 kids asked to draw a scientist drew a woman; but that's more than ever," 21 Mar. 2018

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1700, in the meaning defined above

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: a degree that is given to a student by a college or university usually after four years of study

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