Behavioral Science Major featuring a Social Work Track, BS

A major in Behavioral Science with a Social Work Track may lead to entry-level jobs in crisis intervention centers, counseling clinics, community service agencies, or other social agencies. This degree plan includes a practicum in the student’s chosen field of study. Graduate studies normally are required to certify for practice in most agencies and for licensure as a private therapist. This major is primarily designed to be used in preparation for graduate studies in psychology, psychotherapy, professional counseling, or social work.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Students will be able to identity, explain, and apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology and social work to behavioral problems.
  2. Students will be able to use research design and data analysis to generate insights into behavioral and psychological phenomena.
  3. Students will be able to use scientific reasoning and theory to solve problems and examine behavioral and mental processes.
  4. Students will be able to identify and evaluate ambiguity in scientific evidence, and the complexity of sociocultural diversity.
  5. Students will be able identify and explain good practice that reflects ethical values that contribute to positive outcomes in home, work, and public life.
  6. Students will be able to write a clear and precise scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity in different formats.
  7. Students will be able to reflect on their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management, teamwork, self-improvement and vocational preparation.
  8. Students will be able to discern the relationship between faith and science and articulate their own view of the world.

Requirements for the BS in Behavioral Science

General Education Core 37 hours

Behavioral Science Major 27 hours

PSY 2013General Psychology

3

PSY 2223Life Span Development

3

Choose one: 3 hours

PSY 3013Psychology of Personality

3

PSY 3093History and Systems of Psychology

3

Take all of the following:

PSY 3303Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSY 3323Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

PSY 3403Intro to Psychotherapy and Counseling

3

PSY 3423Diversity and Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

SWK 4893Social Work Field Practicum

3

PSY 4943Ethics in the Behavioral Sciences

3

Track: Social Work 18 hours

PSY 3413Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior

3

OR

PSY 4423Psychology of Group Processes

3

 

SWK 2013Introduction to Social Work

3

SWK 3003Human Behavior and the Social Environment

3

SWK 3103Social Welfare and Public Policy

3

SWK 4403Social Work Practice I

3

SWK 4413Social Work Practice II

3

Minor (Recommended) 18 hours

Electives 20 hours

Total Credit Hours: 120