Capitalization rules for academic degrees

An ESL student asked me what the capitalization rules are for academic degrees. I couldn't find the answer in any of my books, so I looked online, and found a pretty decent answer at the University of Tampa site. Here are a couple of examples:

"He has a bachelor's degree in English, a master's in translation, and a doctorate in comparative literature."
(Note that none of them are capitalized.)

"Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science"
(Note that they are capitalized.)

The site also has some other helpful examples, though keep in mind that it's the standardization they've chosen, which may not be true for other organizations.

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