How is a B.S. Different from a B. Tech

A B.S. degree is a Bachelor of Science degree that, according to the NY State Department of Education, requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences. All other undergraduate baccalaureate degrees (BBA, BTech, etc.) only require 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences. The majority of Healthcare Management/Administration bachelor degrees across US colleges are Bachelor of Science degrees. Why? Because liberal arts and science courses allow students to become well-rounded graduates with better critical thinking skills and written communication skills. Those graduates also possess a broader knowledge.

Also, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree have more freedom to choose courses that can help them develop or improve the skills in a particular area, e.g., a student may be interested in psychology or sociology or human service courses. By creating a focus in a particular field and thus, gaining a better understanding of that field, a student can develop skills necessary to separate themselves from the rest of candidates applying for the same job.

In comparison, the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) is a more technologically focused degree that produces graduates with more applied knowledge and skills. What does this mean for students? In a world where employers are looking for well-rounded graduates who possess good communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree are better positoned to land a desired job or further their careers. Moreover, many employers do not fully understand the Bachelor of Technology degree as it relates to healthcare management skills.

Below is a sample list of designated liberal arts and science courses.

  • Humanities: English—composition, creative writing, history of language, journalism, linguistics, literature, literature in translation, playwriting
  • Fine arts—art appreciation, history or theory
  • Foreign languages—composition, conversation, grammar, history of the language, literature of the language, reading, translation studies
  • Philosophy—comparative philosophy, history of philosophy, logic, schools of philosophy
  • Religion—comparative religion, history of religion
  • Natural sciences and mathematics
  • Natural sciences—anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, physics, zoology
  • Mathematics—calculus, mathematical theory, statistics
  • Social sciences: anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, government, history, political science, psychology, sociology
  • Communications—interpersonal communication, mass communication, public speaking, speech and rhetoric

Health Care Management
Marela Fiacco
Department Chair
MAC 322