May 05, 2021
This interdisciplinary program is designed for students who wish to concentrate their undergraduate studies in psychology and continue post-graduate studies in medicine or other health-related professions. Of course, completion of this program does not carry with it a specific guarantee of admittance to a graduate medical/health program. It provides these students with a solid background in basic biomedical sciences as well as in behavioral and cognitive sciences. Students within this major are provided training in the critical evaluation of research in behavior and human health, the effective communication of scientific research data, and exposure to diverse health-related issues in contemporary society. By bridging scientific methodology with the cognitive and social aspects of human behavior, this program is uniquely positioned to offer pre-medical and pre-health students a foundation in the knowledge and skills required for success in a variety of health services and health administration professions.
The BS program requires a minimum of 33 s.h. in psychology course work and at least 36 s.h. in a combination of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics course work as required for pre-health and pre-medical studies. An additional requirement of 6 s.h. in cognate course work exposes students to courses in the humanities and social sciences that are relevant for future work in a variety of health services and health administration professions. Students may apply to the program after completing a minimum of 16 s.h. in pre-medical sciences required by the program while enrolled at Hofstra. Grades lower than a C- in any of the required courses do not count toward the total number of semester hours earned for this degree. No more than two classes taken for this major may count toward satisfying any other major or minor.
Students will be assigned an adviser when they declare the major and must plan their schedules in consultation with their adviser. They must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and in the required sciences to enter and remain in this program.
Candidates for graduation must successfully complete the following requirements.
1. Total Semester Hours – Minimum 124
A minimum of 124 s.h. with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better in work completed at Hofstra.
Military Science 001C , 001E , 002C , 002E and associated leadership laboratories may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.
2. Liberal Arts Courses – Semester Hours: 62 minimum
A minimum of 62 s.h. must be completed in liberal arts courses.
3. Residency Requirements
There are three requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra:
At least 15 semester hours in psychology, at least 16 semester hours in a combination of biology and chemistry, and the last 30 semester hours of the degree.
BS Major Declaration requirement: Students may apply to the program after completing a minimum of 16 s.h. in pre-medical sciences required by the program while enrolled at Hofstra.
5. GPA Requirements
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better and a grade point average of 3.2 or better in all science courses to remain in the program. If a student does not maintain the proper cumulative grade point average, he/she will be allowed one additional semester in the program to raise his/her GPA. If at the end of that semester, his/her grade point average does not meet the requirements, the student will be dropped from the program. Students should be aware that a change in program will change course requirements for graduation.
6. The Following Major and Additional Requirements:
A. Psychology Courses – Total Semester Hours: 33
1. Required introductory and methodological courses:
2. Essential Electives:
Twelve (12) s.h. chosen from:
3. Specialty/Applied Electives:
Six (6) additional elective s.h. chosen from:
4. Research Seminar:
One (1) course chosen from:
B. Mathematics Requirement – Total Semester Hours: 4
One (1) of the following courses (serves as a prerequisite for PSY 040 ):
C. Cognate Courses – Total Semester Hours: 6 (See footnote*)
Two (2) courses chosen from:
D. Courses for pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary studies – Total Semester Hours: 32-34 (See footnote*)
E. Recommended Courses (See footnote*)
The following courses are strongly recommended and are often required for admission to professional school. Please consult with the pre-health advisor for additional information.
For dental school:
Courses in the fine arts that develop manual dexterity
For other pre-health studies:
As advised by the Pre-Health Advisor, Center for University Advisement
*Students should be aware that courses in the noted lists may have prerequisites that must be fulfilled prior to enrolling.
Complete BS Requirements
BS Requirements in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences