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ADCS: Behavioral Science, B.S.


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    The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science is an online degree completion program designed to provide an accelerated pathway for adult students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences or human and social services. Students will have the opportunity to maximize their prior college-level coursework or associate's degrees in psychology, human or social services, or related field. Additional college coursework or military credits may also be evaluated for potential transfer into this degree. This interdisciplinary degree combines a psychology, sociology, and social work core with a liberal studies curriculum reflecting the goals of Franciscan Higher Education. Completion of this program will aid in preparing students to pursue graduate school in a related field or to enter the workforce in human/social services, administration, or related field, or to advance in their careers.

    Behavioral Science Graduates have gone on to be:

    • Case Managers
    • Advocates
    • Counselors
    • Directors
    • Youth Workers
    • Specialists
    • Public Welfare Workers
    • Corrections Officers 

    And More!

    Organizations that hire Behavioral Science Graduates include:

    • Social Service Organizations
    • Counseling Centers
    • Advocacy Groups
    • Hospitals
    • County, State, and Federal Agencies
    • Law Enforcement Agencies

    And Many More!!


    Free Electives (32 credits)

  • Behavioral Science Core Courses (54 Credits)
    • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 
    • PSYC 205 - Abnormal Psychology 
    • PSYC 209 - Developmental Psychology 
    • SOC 101 - General Sociology 
    • SOC 295-299 - Special Topics 
    • SOC 302 - Social Research 
    • SCWK 201 - The Family in Theory and Practice 
    • SCWK 203 - Introduction to Social Welfare 
    • SCWK 314 - Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues 
    • STAT 101 - Elementary Statistics 
    • CPSC 101 - Introduction to Computer Systems
    • SOC 452 - Special Topics Seminar or SCWK 452 - Special Topics or SCWK 501 - Independent Study in Social Work 
    • PLSC 102 - American National Government
    • 15 credits of Restricted Electives **

      (If pursuing a graduate degree in psychology or other specific program, careful advising and knowledge of the professional program requirements and prerequisites should be taken into consideration when selecting restricted electives.)

    Liberal Studies Component (42 Credits)
    • ECON 101 - Principles of Economics I 
    • ENGL 103 - Writing for a Discipline 
    • ENGL 104 - Introduction to Literature 
    • FNAR elective (3 credits) 
    • HIST elective (3 credits) 
    • LANG 102 or higher (3 credits) 
    • MATH 101 or higher (3 credits) 
    • RLST 205 - Faith and Franciscanism 
    • SCI elective (3 credits). BIOL 105 is preferred. 
    • PHIL 312 - Health Care Ethics or PHIL 313 - Business Ethics 
    • PHIL 205 - Discovering Philosophy 
    • PHIL 308 - Peace, Justice and Human Relations or PHIL 330 - Death, Dying, and the Near-Death Experience 
    • 6 credits General Education electives

    Free Electives (32 Credits)

    32 Free Electives - Students may transfer in up to 32 free electives from other post-secondary schools or military. Typically, this area is used if a student's prior schooling does not match program degree requirements. As well, students may opt to use this area to complete a minor. 

  • Total Degree Credits - 128

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