The Behavioral Science Major offers areas of emphasis in Human Services and Counseling and General Psychology. Course-work includes the disciplines of psychology and social work.

In all programs in the Behavioral Sciences, following the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for ethical behavior is an essential part of psychological training and education. Students are expected to follow the APA guidelines in all fieldwork, class work, and research. If a student’s performance places the welfare of a client or research participant in jeopardy and is determined inappropriate or irresponsible, the student will be removed from the course and additional disciplinary action may be taken.

Option 1: Emphasis in Human Services and Counseling

The Human Services Option is designed for those students who wish to enter the work force immediately after graduation.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. The student will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the behavioral sciences.
  2. The student will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. The student will respect and be able to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. The student will have an understanding and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. The student will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect the values that are the underpinning of the behavioral sciences.
  6. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to counsel individuals and groups.
  7. Graduates will be able to understand assessment instruments and techniques used to arrive at diagnosis and prognosis.
  8. Graduates will be able to provide documentation of symptoms and, functioning through note taking, clear oral and written reports, and case studies, to assist mental health service providers in making diagnostic and intervention decisions.

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Option 2: Emphasis in General Psychology

The general Psychology emphasis provides a background for students who plan to become psychologists, and whose career plans are in areas related to psychology such as law, administration, or the ministry.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. The student will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the behavioral sciences.
  2. The student will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. The student will respect and be able to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. The student will have an understanding and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. The student will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect the values that are the underpinning of the behavioral sciences.
  6. Students will learn about current psychological research and theory on development, emotions, personality, social interactions, and psychological disorders and their treatment.
  7. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the biological bases of behavior and factors that contribute to positive and negative outcomes of such behavior.
  8. Students will understand and apply scientific methods used in psychological research and will develop skills utilizing statistical and experimental methods. 9. Students will demonstrate scientific curiosity, critical thinking, and analytical skills and will apply psychological t theory to personal, organizational, and social issues

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Behavioral Sciences Minors

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