Structure of Undergraduate Studies
A bachelor’s degree program (BA, BSc etc.) is usually completed in three years. Studies extend over three-and-a-half years in Law and Occupational Therapy and over four years in Computer Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy (including six months of practical training).
Some programs offer an accelerated track combining BA and MA studies. Students may join the program in advanced years, based on their grades.
Undergraduate studies are offered in three different tracks:
- Single-Major Track: students take a full program of studies in one department. Examples: Medicine; Hotel, Food and Tourism Management.
- Dual-Major Track: students take courses in two departments, according to both department's program of studies. Examples: Business Administration and Economics; Mathematics and Philosophy.
- Structured Combined Track: students take courses from two or more departments in a specially designed program. Examples: Combined Program in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science (PAKAM); Psychobiology.
Some faculties offer studies in both dual-major and single-major tracks, as detailed below.
Faculty of Humanities:
The Dual-Major Track includes programs in two departments plus additional required studies. The second major may be chosen from another faculty. Students may choose the Interdisciplinary Program as one of their majors. This Program includes two modules and complementing courses.
The total number of credits must be at least 120 and in some cases, the total number is higher. All Faculty students must study in a dual-major program, with the exception of the School of Education where students may join the Single-Major Track after compeing one full year in Education and a second major.
Additional required studies include a tutorial in scientific writing, an online course on Information and Library Resources and courses in the “Cornerstone Program” ( אבני פינה ), as detailed in the faculty catalogue.
Special track in the Department of English: Applicants who meet the general admission requirements, may begin their studies even if they do not meet the Hebrew proficiency requirements. They will need to complete level Aleph in the Summer Ulpan. During their first year of studies, they will take the required courses of the department while completing Hebrew levels Bet and Gimel and complete level Dalet in an additionl Summer Ulpan or obtain the required YAEL score. From the second year, they will also take courses in their second major and will continue to study Hebrew until they reach the exemption level (Ptor) or achieve the required score on the YAEL test. The duration of studies in the program is four years.
Faculty of Social Sciences:
The Dual-Major Track includes two major departments with at least one major from the Faculty of Social Sciences, while the other can be from a different faculty. All first-year students must study in a dual-major.
The Single-Major Track includes one major department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and complementary courses from any faculty, bringing the total number of credits to at least 120. Acceptance to this track is possible only in the second year of study and is based on the student's first-year grades in two departments. Students studying on a part-time basis in the first year will not be able to join the single-major track.
Faculty of Science:
Studies are offered in both the Dual-Major Track (most departments) and the Single-Major Track (all departments except Environmental Studies). Departmental studies can be taken at an expanded scope or regular scope. In the Dual-Major Track it is possible to study two departments at a regular scope or one at an expanded scope and the other at a regular scope.
- Double degree in Chemistry and Advanced Material Engineering – joint program with Azrieli Engineering College. The program grants a double degree from both institutions and applicants must be accepted to both.
- Minor in Agroinformatics: Agroinformatics is a new discipline that combines the world of agriculture, food and the environment with the world of mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering. The program is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge in modern computational approaches and acquire both theoretical and practical abilities in the field. Admission requirements include good grades in higher mathematics and an additional scientific subject. The minor is taken as addition to one of the undergraduate programs of the faculty.
- Political Science and Education with focus on Social and Educational Leadership. The program is for students who aim at being social activists in the social society and educational field. Applicants must be accepted in the two majors and pass a personal interview.
- Life Science with biophysics emphasis: Biophysics focuses on quantitative understanding of biological phenomena. The program is intended for students interested in both physics and biology.