Undergraduate programs across the United States can vary greatly. The content and format of the program can either help you or hinder your completion of the program. It is important when you start at a university or a college that you are making the decisions. The best scenario is that you know what you want to study and you take time to research various programs at various schools to find the one that suites you.
The first and most basic choice in your undergraduate degree is whether you want a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or a Bachelors of Science. Although many teachers and employers may tell you that the differentiation between these two degrees matters very little once you are applying for jobs after school, it is a different route. A science based education may have much more root science course requirements like chemistry and biology, where a BA may require you spend more time in courses dealing with humanities. The difference between these two course requirements could create an environment where you thrive or bog you down with homework you don’t really want to do. You must decide, and it is best to be aware from the beginning if you can. Your ideas will always change and the entire course of your education may change right in the middle and this has to be okay. Remember to always let what you have learned influence your choices.
One of the most important factors in choosing a program is whether or not you get along with the teachers in the program. Researching an undergraduate program is best done by looking up the teachers in the program. Find out about their background. Look at what they have published. Find out how much time they spend on research. Check about their availability. See if you have anything in common. Talk to the teachers if you can. It is up to you to guide you in your life’s course.