Academic Programs Addendum – September 2016


Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the discipline of behavioral science, which aims to describe, understand, and predict the behavior of living organisms. Behavioral science uses an integrative approach to the study of factors influencing behavior; including early childhood development and processes operating in older ages, sensory experience and complex cognition, normal development and pathological conditions, and the interaction of genetics with social and cultural environments. Students develop a knowledge repertoire of findings in behavioral science and its many subfields, including psychology, as well as an understanding of the systematic observational methodologies used in scientific inquiry. Students also study the application of psychology to the realms of public health, organizational settings, and the working world. This program fosters practical knowledge with enduring career applicability, including analytical, logical, and critical thinking skills.

For complete program details, please visit our website at
http://www.west.edu/online-degree-programs/behavioral-science-ba

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the theories and empirical studies of information processing, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory.
  2. Discriminate between normal and abnormal development and behavior including psychopathology.
  3. Explain the theories and research in social cognition and personality, including attraction, the self, individual differences, and group behavior.
  4. Evaluate the different approaches to treatment, including counseling and psychopharmacology, and the supportive systems that administer these treatments.
  5. Apply the scientific method to theoretical inquiry and real-world problems while identifying the different research methodologies used in each theoretical approach to human cognition and behavior and drawing sound inferences from data with ethical research standards.
  6. Explain the application of behavioral science to the workplace, including group dynamics, organizational behavior, conflict, and diversity.

Course Requirements

General Education Core Requirements – 51 credits

Elective Courses – 21 credits

Major Requirements – 45 credits

BEH 311Social Psychology

3

BEH 312Personality Theories

3

BEH 317Biological Basis of Behavior

3

BEH 319Industrial Organizational Psychology

3

BEH 331Human Relationships and Interpersonal Communication

3

BEH 405Learning and Cognition

3

BEH 411Lifespan Development

3

BEH 430Theories of Counseling

3

BEH 440Abnormal Psychology

3

BEH 450Behavioral Healthcare Systems

3

COM 423Group Dynamics: Teambuilding, Negotiation, and Conflict Management

3

CRB 320Criminology

3

MGT 240Organization Theory and Behavior

3

RES 321Behavioral Research Design, Tests, and Measurement

3

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3

Capstone – 3 credits

BEH 485Behavioral Science Capstone

3

Total Credit Hours: 120