COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

B.A. in Psychology

The 129-credit Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a popular and versatile undergraduate degree. It can be applied to almost any area of work, including social services, law, human resources, business and government. Courses in this program explore the nature of personality, how people learn, how gender affects development and the different ways in which people interact. Elective courses will introduce you to interesting and relevant topics including forensic psychology, psychosomatics, neuroscience, social psychology, and industrial and organizational psychology.

As a psychology major, you will undertake a survey of current knowledge and viewpoints about the science of behavior and cognitive processes. You will learn the research methods by which such knowledge is obtained, and be given the opportunity to study basic psychological processes, their development, the nature of behavioral aberrations, their treatment, and selected applications of this knowledge. Our faculty's expertise spans many areas, including marriage and family relationships, child, adolescent & adult development, experimental & applied behavior analysis, neuroscience, cognition & perception, psychotherapy, developmental disabilities and learning and memory. In addition to classroom studies, you can gain hands-on experience at community youth centers, hospitals, human resource departments and agencies that serve developmentally disabled children and adults.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To provide a thorough overview of behavior, learning and development
  • To help students become proficient in research, writing and critical thinking
  • To prepare students for further study at the graduate level or for careers in a wide range of fields

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Many graduates of the Department of Psychology become psychologists or enter related professions, but many others work in unrelated fields. Their knowledge of human behavior and development, learned as part of a broad-based liberal arts education, makes them excellent candidates for careers in a wide range of fields such as business, education, and government.

Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

TRANSFER STUDENTS

The upper division B.A. in Psychology is open to students who hold associate degrees or have completed approximately 54 credits (freshman and sophomore years) of a liberal arts-based college degree program. Students with an associate degree from Suffolk County Community College may seamlessly transfer into the program. Students transferring from other colleges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and may be required to complete additional specific course work. Students complete their freshman and sophomore years at a community college or four-year college and their junior and senior years at LIU Brentwood.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • All applicants can apply for admission to LIU Brentwood at My LIU . For a paper application or for more information regarding the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Grade point average of 2.0 or higher, on a 4-point scale is required for application review.
  • If you hold a degree from outside the United States your official records of all post-secondary education must be translated by an approved organization such as World Education Services (WES). You may purchase this translation by contacting WES, www.wes.org or telephone at 1-800-937-3895. Request a course-by-course translation with conversion of all grades into a U.S.4- point scale with U.S. degree equivalencies. This translation must be received by the Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by WES.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally not required of candidates who have studied for at least two years at an accredited high school or post-secondary institution where English is the only method of instruction, unless there is a need for additional evidence of proficiency in English upon review of other academic credentials. The minimum TOEFL score for admission: 71 Internet-based score (197 computer based, 527 paper-based score) or minimum IELTS score for admission: 6.0 (effective Spring 2012).

Please address all application materials to:
Office of Admission
LIU Brentwood
Michael J. Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717

Or, fax the documents to: 631-287-8575
Any questions please call the Admissions Office at 631-287-8500

Email: brentwood-info@liu.edu

Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Major Requirements
These courses are required of all psychology majors. The student elects at least five additional psychology courses, which may include one PSY 41 Special Topics in Psychology. A minimum of 36 credit hours in psychology is required.

Required Introductory Psychology Sequence
One of the following sequences:

Course

 

Credits

PSY 1

General Psychology I

3

PSY 2

General Psychology II

3

OR

 

 

PSY 3

Principles of Psychology I

4

PSY 4

Principles of Psychology  II

4

Required Psychology Courses
All of the following:

Course

 

Credits

PSY 21

Experimental Psychology I

4

PSY 22

Experimental Psychology II

4

PSY 53

Psychological Statistics I

4

Elective Psychology Courses
If PSY 1 and 2 are taken, eighteen credits of the following are required. If PSY 3 and 4 are taken, sixteen credits of the following are required.

Course

 

Credits

PSY 15

Critical Thinking

3

PSY 23

Behavioral Economics

3

PSY 24

Psychological Tests and Measurements

3

PSY 25

Developmental Psychology: Childhood

3

PSY 26

Developmental Psychology: Adolescence

3

PSY 27

Play and Play Therapy

3

PSY 28

Assessment of Stress and Coping in Children and Adolescents

3

PSY 29

Developmental Disabilities

3

PSY 30

Personality: Research and Theory

3

PSY 32

Social Psychology

3

PSY 34

Advanced Issues in Social Psychology

3

PSY 35

Trauma and Disaster Psychology

3

PSY 36

Environmental Psychology

3

PSY 37

 Neuroscience

3

PSY 39

Psychopharmacology

3

PSY 40

The Psychology of Gender

3

PSY 41

Special Topics in Psychology (may only be taken once to satisfy this requirement)

3

PSY 42

Human Neuropsychology

3

PSY 43

Forensic Psychology: The Law and Human Behavior

3

PSY 44

Differential Diagnosis of Central Nervous System Disorders

3

PSY 47

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3

PSY 54

Psychological Statistics II

3

PSY 57

Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY 58

Animal Learning and Cognition

3

PSY 60

Sensation and Perception

3

PSY 61

Historical Foundations of Contemporary Psychology

3

PSY 62

Learning and Memory

3

PSY 63

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 64

Systems and Theories of Psychotherapy

3

PSY 65

Humanistic Psychology

3

PSY 67

Comparative Psychology

3

PSY 68

Psychosomatics: Bodily Protest

3

PSY 70

Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging

3

PSY 71

Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology I

3

PSY 72

Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology II

3

PSY 75

Applied Behavior Analysis

3

PSY 76

Practicum in Psychology I

3

PSY 77

Practicum in Psychology II

3

PSY 91

Problems in Psychological Research I

3

PSY 92

Problems in Psychological Research II

3

PSY 99

Field Study of Wild Dolphin Social Behavior

3

PSY 324

Field Study of Wild Dolphin Social Behavior

3

PSY 359

Honors Advanced Elective

3

PSY 385

Honors Tutorial

3

PSY 386

Honors Tutorial

3

PSY 389

Honors Thesis

3

PSY 390

Honors Thesis

3

CORE Curriculum Requirements for Transfer Students

In addition to all major requirements, transfer students pursuing the B.A. in Psychology must satisfy all Core curriculum requirements as follows:

Effective Fall 2010
1. Students transfer to LIU Brentwood as "core complete" if they have received A.A. or A.S. degrees from institutions with which we have articulation agreements, or other accredited institutions granting Liberal Arts degrees. Students with degrees from technical institutions would not qualify as core complete.

2. No student who transfers to LIU Brentwood without an approved A.A. or A.S. degree may graduate without a minimum of:
a. Math - 3 credits
b. Science - 4 credits
c. Fine Arts - 3 credits
d. Humanities*; - 9 credits
e. Social Sciences** - 6 credits
f. English Composition (ENG 1 and 2) - 6 credits

*Humanities courses include:
• English
• Foreign Language
• History
• Philosophy
• World Literature
**Social Science courses include:
• Anthropology
• Economics
• Geography
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Sociology

3. Transfer students transferring in less than 60 credits must complete all competencies. Transfer students transferring in 60 or more credits are exempt from the Computer, Library Use and Oral Communication competencies.

4. No two-credit courses in transfer may be applied to the core without department consent and Academic Standing approval. Three-credit science courses in transfer must have a laboratory component to be applied to the core laboratory science requirement.

For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the Core Curriculum section of the LIU Brentwood Bulletin.

Credit and G.P.A. Requirements
Minimum Total Credits*: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 96
Minimum Major G.P.A.: 2.50
Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.00

*Please note: One course must be taken in residency at LIU Post.

CONTACT

LIU Brentwood
Abagail Van Vlerah, Dean
Abby.VanVlerah@liu.edu

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