B. A. in Behavioural Sciences

The Peres Academic Center undergraduate program in Behavioral Sciences was developed with two main objectives in mind:

  1. Academic Excellence: Studying the professional foundations from leading lecturers, while involving the students in the most contemporary studies and advanced therapeutic methods in this developing and progressive field.
  2. Career and Advanced Degree Preparation: Preparing the students for advanced degrees in the field and for an immediate career that requries practical tools and skills that ensure an advantage toward obtaining a job, inter alia, through practical experience acquired during the study program. As part of the program, students are able to take a preparatory course for the standardized examination (Mitam).

In addition, the curriculum places an emphasis not only on the scientific, academic and research aspect, but also on new schools of psychology, which emphasize people’s ability to cope with challenges and the importance of joy and satisfaction in life as an empowering force of human life.

Labor market – What do graduates with a degree in behavioral sciences do?

Graduates with undergraduate degrees in Behavioral Sciences can find employment immediately upon graduation in the field of human resources, group instruction, therapeutic guidance, coaching and more.

What are further continuing options available to graduates with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences?

Bachelors of Behavioral Sciences seeking to become psychologists or continue with academic research can enroll in two graduate programs offered by the Peres Academic Center:
Graduate degree in Educational Psychology [M.A.] and a graduate degree in Organizational Consulting and Development [M.A.]

Why study behavioral sciences at the Peres Academic Center?

Plus Degree

Clear advantage in the labor market

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Undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences - Curriculum

The behavioral sciences curriculum consists of three different knowledge fields: Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. The program focuses on understanding emotions, thought processes, learning and development and on the scientific practice of diagnosis and treatment.

The program offers extensive exposure to academic studies that represent a wide array of scientific models and therapeutic approaches. In addition, the students will experience the practical aspects of psychology in various settings, such as mental health centers, psychological service centers, kindergartens, schools, special education institutions and retirement homes.

The program is progressively comprised of intro to psychology and sociology courses, combined with advanced and integrative courses in Child Development, Emotional Difficulties, Adult Behavior, Gender and Society and Social Changes in Israel. For example:

In addition, the curriculum enables students to specialize in two tracks:

Human Resources and Organizational Behavior.

This track is intended for students who intend to specialize in managing human capital and developing human resources. It provides knowledge in areas related to managing the human capital in the organization and human behavior in the organizational context. The courses in this track relate, inter alia, to the organizational culture, organizational structure, change management, leadership, processes in groups and teams, career management, employee motivation, attitudes toward work and the organization, HR development and more.

Graduates completing this track will be certified by the Israel Association of Human Resources.

Psychology Track

This track is intended for students who wish to specialize in therapy, diagnosis and education. It provides in-depth psychological know how, placing an emphasis on therapeutic and educational psychology. The courses in this track relate, inter alia, to learning disabilities, emotional intelligence, treating anxiety disorders, treating children and youth, post trauma, loneliness and hope, memory disorders and more.

In-depth track in dog therapy

This track is intended for students who wish to acquire professional skills in the field of assisting and treating a range of issues and physical, emotional, and behavioral difficulties with dogs. Students will learn through unique training programs including a series of experiential meetings with a variety of populations that involve social, educational, and behavioral purposes, as well as rehabilitation, using dogs. The courses in this track deal with topics including training methods common in the world of modern dog therapy, with an emphasis on adapting these methods to each dog and owner, and an in-depth familiarity with a range of populations: youth at risk, learning disabilities, various disabilities and syndromes, and more.

At the end of the program, graduates of the track will receive a certificate in “Dog Therapy”.

Courses are taught in partnership with and under the direction of the My Dog College, the largest center in Israel for certifying professionals and caregivers in many fields, including dog therapy, dog training, and more.


The course aims to provide basic know-how in various areas of contemporary psychology. The course will review the following topics: Intro to Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Learning.

The course introduces the theories and research tools used to examine the biological, cultural and social base of the personality. The course will discuss the basic terms of personality psychology, theories that explain personality functions and the research literature on personality structure and processes.

Initial introduction to basic terms in sociology and the various topics it studies. Identifying and studying social phenomena and problems, and developing the ability to identify the connections between the phenomena on the general level and the social reality on the personal and everyday level.

This course aims to introduce students with basic issues and dilemmas underlying the philosophy of social sciences. A special emphasis shall be placed on the link between the historical-social context and the development of the ideas.

The course aims to provide a sufficient knowledge base in statistic methods toward understanding, describing, processing and analyzing data. Introducing the models of probability for deducting conclusions.

The course aims to introduce students to major terms and models related to learning, enable them to undergo a personal process of learning style identification and factors that promote and delay learning. Improving the quality of academic learning, reading and writing while more efficiently utilizing the effort invested in learning, while discovering and practicing various learning strategies.

The course aims to provide basic know-how in various areas of contemporary psychology. The course will review the following topics: Memory, Motivation, Psychological Disorders and their Treatment, Social Psychology.

The course will provide students with knowledge and an understanding of developmental processes, from early life to adulthood, as related to cognitive, emotional, social and ecological fields, using classic and innovative models and combining empirical findings relating to individual development. The course aims to introduce the students to main theories of developmental psychology based on a scientific-research perspective.

In this course, we will further study psychoanalytical personality theories, including theories taken from the school of object relations and self psychology. In addition, we will discuss theories of the existential and humanistic school of thought. An emphasis will be placed on major theoretical terms and the connection between therapeutic theory and practice.

Introducing basic terms and central theories of social psychology. We will introduce the main approaches and theories of social psychology, as well as the studies that evolved in this field. In Semester I, we will focus on the individual in the social setting and discuss the social self, social perception, social cognition and social influence.

The course will discuss main issues of cultural and social anthropology, such as religion, survivorship, social and political organization, living patterns and economic methods. We will present the anthropological perspective for understanding man in his culture and the popular approaches of the anthropological discipline.

We will study the theory underling the statistical tests (sampling distribution and central limit theorem), placing an emphasis on tests to determine significance.

The course will review various psychological approaches to learning – behavioristic, cognitive and social-cognitive – but we will dedicate most of the time to an approach most related to the study of learning – the behaviorist approach. We will review multiple studies, but we will also address examples from life, as the conditioning studied in the field of learning touches upon our behavior.

Introducing qualitative research methods, their advantages, limits and the ethical and practical dilemmas they raise. We will discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of qualitative research methods and get to know various research tools, such as: observations, interviews and text analysis. The course will combine theoretical learning with practical experience.

The course deals with the cognitive processes that guide our daily conduct in the world: How do we perceive the world? How do we identify faces and objects? How is it that we are attentive to part of the world while filtering out another part? The course will provide students with knowledge on theories and models in the study of cognition.

Introducing basic terms and central theories of social psychology. We will introduce the main approaches and theories of social psychology, as well as the studies that evolved in this field. We will later expand on interpersonal and group processes that impact the individual, stereotypes, attitudes and persuasion, conflicts between groups, aggression, emotions and love.

The course will introduce the main issues of the sociological theory and the different manners of coping with such issues.

Brain and Behavior is a basic course for understanding psychological processes in neurological and anatomical terms. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the factual and empirical basics of extensive fields of psychology which are based o broad research and knowledge amassed from neurology, psychiatry and clinical psychology.

Understanding the scientific process and its principles. Understanding studies in social sciences. Social science research planning and execution skills. Preparing a scientific research report. The first part of the course will deal with basic terms of scientific research, the distinction between various research arrays, reliability and validity, correlative research and surveys.

The course aims to impart knowledge on new attitudes and approaches in psychology, while focusing on issues related to psychology in the educational system, applying three perspectives: 1. Early childhood until the end of the Mandatory Education Law; 2. Children – Those attending regular educational frameworks and those in special education (autistic spectrum, intellectual disability and learning disabilities). 3. Systemic psychological issues presented in the classroom setting among students and faculty.

The course provides knowledge of theories, models and research methods in the study of cognition. The course deals with the cognitive processes that guide our daily conduct in the world: Is our conduct suited to the modern world? Do we perceive reality as it is? The answers will be provided in the course.

Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the factual and empirical basics of extensive fields of psychology which are based o broad research and knowledge amassed from neurology, psychiatry and clinical psychology.

Throughout the course, we will introduce, analyze and criticize the various approaches to the study of Israeli society, focusing on the debate between the “new” and “old” historians and sociologists.

The course aims to provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience in lab experimentation relating to psychology, placing an emphasis on basic theoretical and practical principles, applying lab experiments as a method of psychological research and methods for statistical inference and their integration into the experimental effort.

Enabling students to perform basic statistical processes using SPSS. We will teach students how to use SPSS, beginning with data entry, through statistical processing and reading and presenting the output.

The course reviews the information processing procedures, ranging from the physical stimulus of external reality, through stimuli reception by sensory organs to information decoding by unique brain regions.

Reading academic texts, including research texts. Practicing and improving reading strategies for various question types, texts, review and research. Linguistic aspects including syntax, various organizational templates for paragraphs and full text formatting.

The course aims to introduce the students to main theories of developmental psychology throughout life, focusing on adulthood and old age, based on a scientific-research perspective.

The course aims to provide basic knowledge on mental disorders. The course will begin with a discussion of the difference between normal and abnormal, the need for diagnosing emotional disorders various diagnostic methods, their advantages and disadvantages.

Introducing basic terms of psychological therapy, main therapeutic approaches and therapeutic ethics and integrating the studied courses – Personality, Psychopathology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology.

The course intended to provide a basic understanding of emotional disorders. Introducing the emotional-behavioral characteristics, describing and identifying them, and evaluating the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to the development or retention of emotional disorders and the roles of various cultural factors in such manifestations.

The course aims to present the main issues underlying contemporary sociological discussion and debate, such as the “Postmodern Situation”, identity problems, gender and feminism, the queer theory, neo-colonialism.

The course aims to enable the students to experience practical work in various fields of psychology/Human Resources, by initiating contact with a person from the community. Students will initiate contact with a person in the community, within the therapeutic setting in which he belongs. The experience will focus mainly on personal accompaniment, along with a process of training, both as part of the hands-on practice and at the academic center. Ann emphasis will be placed on creating the contact and understanding personal and interpersonal processes. *Practical fieldwork is conducted in the third year of the program. The fieldwork is conducted in addition to the study hours.

The course will combine theoretical, clinical and research aspects of factors causing emotional problems among children and adolescents, focusing on the family and educational setting.

The course will examine the unique and shared characteristics and processes of the individual’s parental and couple relations. It will further examine the multifaceted links and connections between these relationships. A special emphasis will be placed on intergenerational effects between parenthood and couples, as well as the manner in which these relationships impact processes within the family dynamic. The course will present the etiology of normative and pathological conditions of couple relations and parenthood, focusing on the skills required for coping with each.

The course will provide skills for reading academic texts o behavioral sciences in English. We will go over language skills, such as basic grammar and syntax as a tool for reading comprehension. The structure of academic text, including an academic article, acquiring advance behavioral sciences terms in English.

*EOE. The details of the program are subject to change.
**The list of courses may be updated in accordance with the curriculum at the start of the year.
***This is a structured system; optional courses are liable to be dispersed automatically and subject to change
based on available offerings only. The number of available courses is subject to the structure of the program.
****Courses will be opened subject to a minimum number of registered participants.

Mitam Excellence Program

Your path to falling in love with a career in psychology starts here!

The Peres Academic Center gives you the tools you need to make your dream come true.
In order to be admitted to study Psychology, students must pass the Mitam exam, which deters many studying Behavioral Sciences.
For many, this is an obstacle that is difficult to overcome.
At the Peres Academic Center, we believe that every obstacle can be overcome with enough will, the right tools, and the right study program.
We are proud to present Mitam Excellence, a modular program that gives students the tools they need to successfully pass the Mitam exams and make their dreams of becoming therapists come true.

The track includes:

  • Advanced courses for improving your mastery of statistics and English for psychologists – two of Mitam's keys to success.
  • Close support and reinforcement in small groups.

Benefits including:

  • A scholarship totaling 2,000 NIS per year students participate in the program – given to the end of each year (starting from Year 2)
  • A scholarship totaling 9,000 NIS to participants who go on to acquire a master's in educational psychology at the Peres Academic Center.

What do I need to do to participate? At the end of the first year, students with a degree average of 90 or higher will be invited to an introductory meeting with the head of the track to check their suitability for the program.

Registration and Admission


Enrolment to the programme is open to applicants who hold a full matriculation certificate or a similar, equivalent certificate from abroad that is recognised and approved by the Department of Education, who meet the following requirements:

*In this program, 10% of candidates will receive exceptional acceptance on the basis of extraordinary life circumstances.

Applicants with a full matriculation certificate, with an average grade ranging from 83 to 85 and no PET, will be accepted to the regular programme as Conditional Students and if they achieve an average of at least 75 in the first semester they will become regular ‘unconditional’ students.

Applicants aged 30+ who are eligible for a matriculation certificate, who do not meet the above criteria and who successfully pass a personal interview at the Academic Centre.

Applicants aged30+ with no eligibility for a matriculation certificate but who have completed 12 years of schooling, will be accepted on the condition that they successfully complete a preparatory programme.

When registering, applicants will need to submit the following documents:

An Israeli matriculation certificate or alternatively, a matriculation certificate from the Department for the Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees and Diplomas at the Ministry of Education

  • PET Addendum
  • Completed registration forms
  • Photocopy of ID and ID addendum
  • Two passport photos
  • Tuition fees for undergraduate degree
Read more about Registration and Admission

Academic staff

לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Prof. Malka Margalit
Prof. Malka Margalit
School dean of Behavioral Sciences
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Uzi Levi
Dr. Uzi Levi
Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Danny Friedlander
Danny Friedlander
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Yael Doron
Dr. Yael Doron
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Michal Einav, PhD
Michal Einav, PhD
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Etai Matza
Dr. Etai Matza
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Tomer Schmidt-Barad
Dr. Tomer Schmidt-Barad
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Noa Vana
Noa Vana
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות On Levi
On Levi
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Yona Eliad
Yona Eliad
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Ayalla Shriki
Dr. Ayalla Shriki
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Shlomo Patia
Shlomo Patia
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Shani Tsameret
Shani Tsameret
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Tamir Goren
Dr. Tamir Goren
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Galya Yeshurun
Galya Yeshurun
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Yossi Ehrenreich
Yossi Ehrenreich
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Arnon shosani Neta
Dr. Arnon shosani Neta
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Tehila Sagy
Tehila Sagy
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Eithan Bronshtein
Dr. Eithan Bronshtein
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Elad Livneh
Dr. Elad Livneh
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Liran Zeligman
Dr. Liran Zeligman
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Adi Hen-Weissberg
Adi Hen-Weissberg
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Asaf Sharabi
Dr. Asaf Sharabi
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Eyal Rosenstreich
Dr. Eyal Rosenstreich
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Roni Rot
Dr. Roni Rot
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Shlomo Reznik
Dr. Shlomo Reznik
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Zeev Lerer
Dr. Zeev Lerer
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Sagi Ginossar
Dr. Sagi Ginossar
לחץ למידע נוסף אודות Dr. Sivan George-Levi
Dr. Sivan George-Levi

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