LIU’s academic work is formulated in modules of subject matter referred to as courses.
Each course has a scheduled instructional time each semester with additional laboratory, field exercise, homework, and research time to get hands on practice.

Depending on the major chosen, different courses will be found within the contract sheet.


Academic work at LIU is organized in concentrated modules of subject matter called courses. Each academic course occupies a scheduled amount of instructional time each semester, in addition to laboratory, field exercise, homework, and research or creative requirements associated with the course.


At the macro level, curriculum is a set of courses given in a specific program. At the micro level, the term curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content in a specific course or program. Curriculum typically encompass the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn, which includes the learning objectives they are expected to meet; the units and lessons that teachers teach; the assignments and projects given to students; the books, materials, videos, presentations, and readings used in a course; and the tests, assessments, and other methods used to evaluate student learning. John Dewey defines curriculum as a continuous reconstruction, moving from the learner’s present experience out into that represented by the organized bodies of truth that it is called studies. And, Ralph Tyler defines it as all the learning experiences planned and directed by the school to attain its educational goal.

Credit Hours

Credit hours are the number of hours of instruction that the course is scheduled for per week. Degree programs require that a specified number of credit hours, and therefore courses, be accumulated by the student as one of the graduation requirements. One credit hour is equivalent to fifteen teaching hours per semester; therefore, a three-credit course represents forty-five hours of attendance. As for laboratories, one credit hour is equivalent to 30 hours per semester. Every degree has a specific number of credits spelled out in the University Catalog.

Major Courses

Major courses are mostly application courses in a program. Typically, these courses cover areas known as program criterion which represent the commonly known skills a graduate of a given program must have, however, with the advancement in any given major more areas under that major emerge; those areas may be gradually covered by Technical Electives.

Technical Electives

Although technical electives are mostly selected from courses within related programs in a school, some technical electives may be selected from programs within different schools, such that those electives closely relate to the major requirements courses in terms of serving program objectives and students' learning outcomes. Some programs may specify specific courses within a specified emphasis/concentration to give students the opportunity to gain depth knowledge in an emphasis of his/her choice.

Core Courses

Core Courses refers to a series or selection of courses that students are required to complete before they can move on to the next level in their education. Therefore, Core courses are the stepping stone into the major; a core course should serve as a prerequisite to one or more major courses.

General Education

General Education Courses offered at LIU provide a common intellectual experience for all students. The courses were designed to help students develop strong communication and critical thinking skills, a broad understanding of disciplinary areas, and the knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship in an interconnected world. General Education is the foundation of all undergraduate degree programs at LIU. General Education areas are listed below:

Communication skills

Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts

Scientific Inquiry and Discovery

Quantitative Reasoning

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