Sahil Sharma

What is the difference between B.A. and B.Sc. Psychology?

What is the difference between B.A. and B.Sc. Psychology? Is one better than the other? How exactly do they effect my choice of career?

by Sahil Sharma
2 answers
| Share :

2 answers

RE: What is the difference between B.A. and B.Sc. Psychology?

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Interesting question. Though the answer to the question lies in the question asked itself.


As a Psychologists mainly you would be dealing with mental health issues of people which may be in terms of Behavioral Issues, relationship issues, work stress issues, career related and welfare of the society.

The above mentioned BA and B.Sc , both are a undergraduate degree in Psychology. But the major difference lies in the perspective and the matter taught.
As a Psychologists mainly you would be dealing with mental health issues of people which may be in terms of Behavioral issues, relationship issues, work stress issue, career related and welfare of the society.
Though both the courses would emphasize on Psychological theories and assessment or testing. The major difference lies in the fact that, BA in Psychology students would gain more of the ART background subjects like Logic and counseling, whereas B.Sc in Psychology students would have more of science related subjects.
Psychologists
The major differences comes in terms of choosing specializations at the masters level. As a BA in Psychology, you are restricted in few specializations namely:

Whereas a B.Sc in Psychology does makes you eligible to take the above mentioned specializations, but you are also eligible for:
  • Neuro Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Also please note that some clinical setups in the South do not accept MA in Psychology to be the masters degree, for them M.Phil is a must, whereas an M.Sc in Psychology is considered as a Psychologists.
Psychologists
Though both the courses equally expose you to therapies that are majorly used during client sessions as well as Psychometric Assessments, i.e. the use of paper-pencil tests. But the choice is completely yours. If you do like Science related subjects like neurology, genetics and its effects than B.Sc could be a good option.
But never-the-less as a BA in Psychology, and further a Masters degree, is no less when it comes to therapies and assessments.
The only thing necessary here is proper exposure, in terms of internships during the course and after that practical work exposure.



Also important is to backup the degree with various certificate programs like
  • NLP
  • EMDR
  • Hypnosis
  • PLRT
  • Alternate healing and medications
  • Meditation

Hope you make the right choice and put in all the required efforts.

Wish you all the very best...........


RE: What is the difference between B.A. and B.Sc. Psychology?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Dear Aspirant,

Thanks for writing to www.careerguide.com!

Very interesting question. Just to add my perspective that may help you. In India, there is no difference in BA or BSc. The central content of the syllabus of the graduate course more or less remain the same.
The minor difference between BA/BSc is that BA is offered in ARTS stream while BSc is offered in Science stream.

Do not worry about BA/BSc label. It doesn't matter whether you have taken up BA or BSc. In India most Universities offer BA course while very few Universities offer BSc. Both students are equally eligible for post graduate course in Psychology. Look at the course syllabus offered by the UGC recognized University and choose the University that offers comprehensive introduction to psychology and offer studies in major fields of psychology.

Hope I have clarified your doubt. Feel free to revert back if you have more queries.

Best Wishes for your bright career,
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD

RE: What is the difference between B.A. and B.Sc. Psychology?

This topic is now closed. New replies are no longer allowed.
Latest ANSWERS

Preparation criteria for the MBBS entrance exam? Is MS Cadiology a good course to pursue for a good job in UK or India?

Hello Jerald,  In terms of NEET, as far as i know, you must be well versed with the concepts  in biology and physics. The 2 most important s .. read more

i m interested in acting which career is good for me

Hello There,  As such to be an actor, you do not require any qualifications as such. But still, you could join acting classes like eg anupam kher .. read more

Preferable stream in 11th standard to do MBBS in future? Percentage required in 12th standard to become a Doctor?

Hello Jency, Nothing called the preferable stream dear. To pursue MBBS, you need to study PCB, ie Science stream in the 11th and 12th. These days gett .. read more

Preparation for banking sector jobs? written exam, interview preparations?

Hello Jerin, Most of the banks exams are conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Just like any other competitive exams, thi .. read more
Most Popular

What are the books that every Mechanical Engineer must read?

Probably it would be difficult to prepare down a complete and comprehensive list of books to follow by every mechanical engineer,as the different spec .. read more

Do 12th board marks have any importance in jee mains

Hello,  Yes there is importance of class 12 marks in jee main 2017 bcoz the rank will be decided by the percentile formula in which there is a we .. read more

Can you tell about the job description of a typical animator?

Hi   Being Creative is always appreciable, this ability is especially  inborn . Animator Do require concentration with abstract thinking. Cr .. read more

I want to be a career guide. What should I study for become a career counselor

Hi Uttam, Thank you for writing and sharing your concerns. to become a career counselor first you need to identify your target audience who do you wan .. read more