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BA Psychology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

46040 USD
46040 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Psychology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600

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About this course

Psychology is the study of behavior and experience, from love to aggression, from the first babbling of infants to creativity, from sexuality to the physiology of taste. Faculty members in Psychology have a wide range of research interests, including social and cognitive development, memory, language, animal learning, social stereotyping, the self-concept, the resolution of conflict, and behavioral neuroscience.

Common to all areas of psychology is a concern with adequate and appropriate method of inquiry. The student will encounter many perspectives on psychological evidence and technique through lecture, laboratory, field courses, and other offerings.

Opportunities are available for supervised research, teaching, and field experience. Independent study and the Senior Research Seminar involve participation in research with a faculty member. The Toddler Center and a course in Field Work in Psychological Services provide first-hand contact with the study of psychology.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be well-prepared for a college like Barnard, it is important to think about the academic community you are hoping to join. Barnard's general education requirements cover a wide range of subjects: literature, the social sciences, language and the arts, lab sciences, and quantitative areas. For this reason, you should acquire a strong foundation in high school, taking courses from the core academic subjects: math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Do your best to take the most rigorous classes available to you in which you can do your best work. For transfer students, our recommendations are similar. Take courses that are recommended to fulfill general requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If an area is a relative weakness, continue taking that subject while pursuing advanced coursework in areas of relative strength. Remember, we hope to see how you might contribute to our intellectual community, and your choices tell us what kind of a student you will be.

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Course Modules

Major Requirements

PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology (lecture; prerequisite for all other PSYC courses)

PSYC BC1101 Statistics (taken with the accompanying BC1102 Statistics Recitation section, preferably before enrollment in any laboratory course)

Three Core Lecture Courses, one from each group below:

Group A 
PSYC BC1107 Psychology of Learning (BC1106 Psychology of Learning Lab)
PSYC BC1115 Cognitive Psychology (BC1114 Cognitive Lab)

Group B
PSYC BC1110 Perception (BC1109 Perception Lab)
PSYC BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (BC1118 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Lab)

Group C
PSYC BC1125 Personality (BC1124 Personality Lab)
PSYC BC1138 Social Psychology (BC1137 Social Lab)
PSYC BC1129 Developmental Psychology (BC1128 Developmental Lab)

Two Psychology Laboratory Courses. Either:

  • PSYC BC1015 Psychology Research Methods Laboratory, followed by one laboratory course from Group A, B, or C.
  • Two PSYC laboratory courses, from different groups (A, B, C) 

One Additional Research Course, selected from the following categories:

  • A PSYC laboratory course, along with its accompanying lecture, from a group other than those already taken (A, B, C)
  • A laboratory course in a science outside of Psychology
  • One semester of PSYC BC3601-3608 Independent Study 
  • PSYC BC3591 Senior Research Seminar/Senior Thesis (the first semester of a year-long course)

One Senior Requirement. Either:

  • Any 3000-level PSYC BC seminar 
  • PSYC BC3601-3608 Independent Study
  • PSYC BC3591-3592 Senior Research Seminar

Two Additional Psychology Lectures or Seminars (worth three or more credits each) 

One Course from a Cognate Discipline (any course with one of the following prefixes: ANTH, COMS, ECON, LING, PHIL, SOCI, and STEM)

Two courses in another science, one with a laboratory (can be from different departments)chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, EESC, or PHYS. 

Reminders & Guidelines:

  • Six of the required PSYC courses (worth three or more credits each) must be taken in the Department of Psychology either at Barnard College or Columbia University. This is true for transfer students as well. 
  • A letter grade of C- or better must be earned in all PSYC courses applied to the major. For the required courses outside of Psychology, one must earn a passing grade. These courses can be taken under the P/D/F option.
  • A student cannot receive credit for two courses that are considered to be equivalent. Refer to our Overlapping Courses list. 
  • All students are recommended to enroll in PSYC BC1001. However a student with acceptable AP or IB credit can choose to take another PSYC course in its place.
  • The Statistics course can be taken outside of the Psychology Department with approval (i.e., ECON BC4211).
  • If you choose to take BC1010/BC1015, it must be taken as the first lab, prior to the Group A, B, C labs.
  • Group A, B, C labs must be taken with their accompanying lectures in the same semester. 
  • PSYC BC3473 Field Work Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling is the only 3000-level course that does not satisfy the Senior Requirement.
  • Only two semesters of the following courses may count towards the major: PSYC BC3465/66 Toddler Center Seminar, PSYC BC3591/92 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis), PSYC BC3601-3608 Independent Study.

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How to Apply

Submit all supporting materials

  • Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
  • Submit official standardized testing. For more information, please view
  • Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science) in your final two years of secondary school.
  • Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English and who have not been enrolled in a school where English is the primary medium of instruction for four consecutive years

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page. 
  • Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom. 
    Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

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