Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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Hello all!

I am currently in my fourth year of an undergraduate physics degree. I am enrolled in a Bachelor of Science plan with Astrophysics/Astronomy and Computer Science minors. I just picked up the computer science minor this past summer so I am starting fresh in programming 1 right now. My current graduation date is Spring of 2021 (I did my entire freshman year as a business student where of course no credits transferred).

I have been contemplating switching to the Bachelor of Arts in physics for quite awhile now. (Attached I have most of the degree paths I have thought out.) If I did switch to the BA I would be able to fit in the computer science minor and a couple other classes I want to take while graduating in Spring of 2021.

Sticking with my current degree plan I would be taking all of my hardest classes in 16, 13, and 15 hour semesters. This may not seem like a lot for some but I know I cannot do well in semesters that packed with tough classes.

While I am looking for just general advice for my degree my main question is:
Would I be employable upon graduation if I go with the BA w/CS minor? Talking to my parents and friends I am getting mixed advice all around (I do plan on talking to professors who have my best interest in mind but why not take it to the internet first lol). I know I don't plan on going to grad school anytime soon as I am completely burnt out from school and just want to get out, but also want to be in a good job once I am out. Any advice is greatly appreciated and please let me know if you need more information from me!

Here is the link to my schools degree plans for the BS and BA.
http://catalog.utsa.edu/undergraduate/sciences/physicsandastronomy/#degreestext

(Sorry about this post being all over the place)
 

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Dr. Courtney
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I cannot in good conscience recommend a BA degree in Physics from a school offering a BS degree for someone who wants positive job prospects.

Bite the bullet. Work as hard as needed. Earn the BS.
 
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What course requirements does the B.A. drop from the B.Sc. in order to allow for more electives? If your goal is employment post-graduation how will not having those additional B.Sc. courses affect your prospects?
You say you are currently in your 4th year with Astro & Comp Sci minors (though if you're graduating in spring 2021 you are actually in your 3rd year of the program). How would switching to the B.A. make this different? If you aren't planning on going to grad school and you're feeling burned out and just want to get done, what purpose does the Astro minor do? I'd be inclined to drop that and do just the computer science minor. That would then give you the room to take the other courses you want and maybe lighten your load a little. Another option would be to reduce your course load during the fall/winter semesters and pick up additional courses in the spring/summer session.
 

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