The B.A. in Economics is designed for students who seek a general understanding of economics, and it is the program taken by most students who plan to begin jobs and careers immediately after graduation.BA一般就是给想读完本科就工作的 The B.S. degree is designed for students who seek a more challenging and rigorous academic program, and it is well suited for those who plan to go on to graduate school or professional study.BS一般是读完本科后，还想继续升入研究生学院的。
以此学校为例，BA学位，36个学分需与专业相关的，需至少90个基础学科学分（At least 90 credits in liberal arts and sciences courses; at least 120 credits overall.),总学位学分需120个学分。
BS学位，40个学分需与专业相关的，需至少60个基础学科学分（At least 90 credits in liberal arts and sciences courses; at least 120 credits overall.),总学位学分需120个学分。
在德克萨斯理工大学里，关于BA IN ECONOMICS是这样解释的：
Bachelor of Arts in Economics. The undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is offered to students who want to pursue a broad liberal arts education while at the same time studying the complex interrelationships between consumers, producers, and governments in an economic system BA学位是提供学基础学科的学生，同时帮助学生了解及学生消费者，生产者，政府及经济间的复杂关系. A minimum of 30 semester hours in economics courses is required for the major, including ECO 2301, 2302, 3311, 3312, and 4314 plus 15 hours of advanced economics courses. Additional requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics include an adjunct course in statistics (MATH 2345 or Math 2300 or equivalent) and 18 semester hours in a minor field of choice. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete the degree. Candidates for the B.A. degree in economics are encouraged to consult with their advisors for more information.
Bachelor of Science in Economics. The undergraduate program leading to the 120 credit hour Bachelor of Science degree combines a broad liberal education with rigorous and extensive training in theoretical and mathematical economics.BS学位是提供学基础学科的学生，同时学生能在理论及数学经济上学得更深入些The program is highly structured and technically oriented. Students in this major must include ECO 2301, 2302, 3311, 3312, ECO 4305, and 21 hours of advanced economics electives. The mathematics minor consists of 18 hours of mathematics subject to the approval of the Mathematics Department.