Baccalaureate Degree (Education) Law and Legal Definition

Baccalaureate degree is also known as Bachelor’s degree. It is the bachelor’s degree conferred upon graduates of most U.S. colleges and universities. The term baccalaureate comes from ‘baccalarius,’ which is a Latin word that means ‘bachelor.’ Post-secondary degree awarded to an individual after completion of undergraduate course work usually taking eight semesters and 120 credits to complete. Course work for bachelor's degrees is done at the undergraduate level and is made up of general studies and major specific classes.