There are a few things to keep straight when writing “bachelor’s degree” in AP Style.
The first thing to remember, there are two types. There is a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. When writing this way, apostrophes are not necessary. For example,
- Correct: I have a Bachelor of Science degree.
- Wrong: I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
Both “bachelor’s degree” and “bachelor’s” are acceptable terms in any reference, but not “bachelor degree.”
- Correct: I have two bachelor’s degrees, one Bachelor of Arts and one Bachelor of Science.
- Wrong: I have two bachelor degrees, one Bachelor of Arts and one Bachelor of Science.
A baccalaureate is another name for a bachelor’s degree.
For guidance on how and when to abbreviate bachelor’s degrees, please see our full page on AP Style Academic Degrees.