Shiksha does a year- and semester-wise comparison between the courses offered at the leading college in B.Sc Pass and B.Sc Honours, and also provides the scope for jobs after graduating.
There is a thin line between a Pass and an Honours (Hons) course in Bachelor of Science degree and a BSc Honours degree. Different institutions in countries have various practices but offer the same B.Sc degree as this is the standard academic degree that is offered to students who enroll for undergraduate courses. The period of the course is generally the same, that is 3 years, but it may differ in some countries. It is a common belief that job opportunities after BSc Honors is more than the opportunities post a simple BSc course. Therefore, it is somewhat a popular course among students.
Difference between B.Sc Pass and B.Sc Honours
Course details: B.Sc (Hons) in India is a three-year degree programme that helps develop advanced research and theoretical skills. It also helps in the building of a cutting-edge academic or professional career. An Hons course forms a base for those who want to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) or Master of Science (M.Sc). The B.Sc programme is for those students who want to pursue independent research in a particular project in their area of interest, conducted under the supervision of a designated academic staff member. On the other hand, a B.Sc Pass degree provides students with a sound foundation knowledge that is required for any career based on science. This program too opens several career options, though its special emphasis is multi-disciplinarity.
Eligibility or required marks: For the Honours degree in science, a candidate needs to have passed Class XII or any equivalent examination with marks ranging from 55 per cent to 60 per cent and compulsory subjects must be physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. For the B.Sc Pass course, the candidate must pass Class XII examination with more than 55 per cent marks in the best four subjects.
Available specialisations: For the Honours degree in science, the subjects available include biochemistry, biomedical sciences, zoology, chemistry, botany, statistics, computer science, physics and mathematics. There are no specializations in the Pass course, as it provides an overall basic foundation for science subjects such as physics, maths, chemistry, life sciences, biology (includes both botany and zoology) and computer science.
Scope for jobs: The Honours degree is slightly more beneficial than the Pass degree. A candidate with the honours degree is generally preferred over a candidate with non-honours BSc degree when it comes to jobs or job-related interviews. A B.Sc. general degree-holder would get jobs in academics, marketing, business, research, etc. Another point that needs to be kept in mind is that irrespective of the type of degree, the candidate who has a certain depth of knowledge, is willing to learn, hardworking, and has a positive attitude towards handling problems may have better chances to get selected.
Where to study?
The top 20 colleges that you can apply for either of the B.Sc degrees are:
- Miranda House, Delhi
- Kirori Mal College - KMC, Delhi
- Hindu College, Delhi
- Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, New Delhi
- Loyola College, Chennai
- MCC - Madras Christian College, Chennai
- Hansraj College, Delhi
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, New Delhi
- Department of Sciences, Christ University, Bengaluru
- Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru
- Gargi College, New Delhi
- St. Joseph's College, Bengaluru
- Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science & Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
- St Xavier's College, Mumbai
- GGDSD College, Chandigarh
- Maharaja Agrasen College - MACDU, New Delhi
- Women's Christian College, Chennai
- Stella Maris College, Chennai
- Acharya Narendra Dev College, New Delhi
Once you graduate from college, you can opt for higher studies. You can do a Masters in Science (M.Sc.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). There are ample avenues in higher studies as well as job opportunities. You can opt for becoming a teacher after completing B.Ed and get employed in schools. A bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics would help a great deal in teaching any of the mentioned subjects in school.
Higher studies can help you get placed in universities as professors or lecturers. Teaching in colleges and universities is a prestigious job. In fact, if you want to do research, a B.Sc. degree would help you a great deal.
Be it academics, research or in a professional sphere, a degree in science is extremely helpful. You also need to take into consideration that in certain fields, a B.Sc Honours degree is mandatory.
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