Behavioral Science Degree | Online (2022)

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Highlights

Build a practice-focused portfolio—starting on day one.

Complex family dynamics. Substance abuse issues. The challenges you’ll face in your career will vary widely. From the very beginning of our Behavioral Science degree program, we help you prepare for the future as you research and gain knowledge on topics within psychology, sociology, human diversity, ethics, human services, and more. You’ll study a spectrum of individual, family and community-wide challenges as a behavioral science major, and you’ll execute projects that level into a comprehensive electronic portfolio you can share with potential employers.

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Opt to take one course at a time in an accelerated cohort.

Transfer in with an associate degree (or at least 60 credits from a previous institution), and have the option of earning your behavioral science degree as part of an accelerated cohort.* The cohort offers a simplified study experience that involves registering once for courses at the beginning of the program and taking one course at a time with the same group of peers online—having more collaborative experiences and graduating with a stronger network to start your career.

The skills you need to make a difference.

No matter what path you follow in behavioral science, your success will be about the lives you impact. When you graduate, you'll have the skills you need for careers in settings like social services, corporate leadership and human resources, and clinical counseling and behavioral health.

  • Communicate professionally in clinical and counseling settings
  • Conduct comprehensive patient/client assessments
  • Leverage research and data to inform your work
  • Establish treatment plans that facilitate change

The impact you’ll make matters. Get started with a Behavioral Science degree at Bellevue University.

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Curriculum

What You’ll Learn

At the successful completion of the Bellevue University Behavioral Science undergraduate degree, graduates will be qualified to enter the human services field or for advancement in the field.

This degree equips you with the following learning skills (critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating, and collaborating) needed for professionals in the field:

  • Analyze and apply professional and ethical standards in human services to facilitate decision-making and communication.
  • Apply practical and theoretical knowledge such as counseling theories, treatment strategies, and leadership strategies to demonstrate ability in problem-solving and in synthesizing concepts.
  • Communicate appropriate evidence-based concepts to successfully navigate complex human systems and implement services.
  • Distinguish the influences and importance of diversity in human service relationships to demonstrate an awareness of ethics and values and to encourage collaboration.

Behavioral Science Major Courses

Current students please login to BRUIN and select “Academic Progress” for your curriculum requirements.

Major Requirements (40 credit hours)

(All courses are 4 credit hours)

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This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers in behavioral science. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University's four essential learning outcomes– communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship, emphasizing a focus on behavioral science. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.

Each of the many professions involved in human services approaches client and community needs from its own specialized perspectives and uses tools for assessment and treatment that vary from uses of media to prescription medications. Professional skills development in the interaction with social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals will be explored.

All human service professionals must be able to find and accurately utilize information published in journals and scholarly books. This course puts emphasis on learning to recognize and analyze research types relevant to human services to extract key information. This course also will facilitate learning of basic descriptive statistics and standardized scores in measurement. The evaluation of ethical research will also be discussed.

Addresses cultural, social, religious, and economic factors applicable to cultural, ethnic, and minority populations; both from the perspective of the culturally diverse client and the counselor. Experimental methods of learning are emphasized, including the development of self- awareness in the helper. Traditional counseling theories, as well as more recent approaches to counseling diverse groups are analyzed for ethical and practical implications. The helper’s role in addressing advocacy and justice are explored.

This course will explore evidence-based conceptualizations of both normal and disordered mental states, together with an examination of the etiology, development, manifestation, and potential treatment of mental disorders in infants, children, adolescents, and adults.

This course provides opportunities to practice a basic set of interviewing and helping skills commonly used in individual and group counseling. An integrative approach will be used which allows students to learn, understand, and use skills taken from major counseling approaches, and to integrate these into a sequential process that maximizes the possibility of facilitating change in clients.

Counseling theories are useful guides for human service professionals because they identify key factors in assessment and treatment. This course introduces “traditional” theories such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral. Other more specialized counseling theories and techniques are helpful for ethnic identity issues, family problems, and recovery from substance abuse. Many of the theories also identify specific counseling techniques such as problem solving, goal setting, Motivational Interviewing, empathy, and exploring cognition and behavior.

This course will merge the complex and comprehensive understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all the developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Individual and family developmental theories and transitions, as well as theories of learning and personality development including knowledge about neurobiological behavior and resiliency are emphasized. Knowledge about human behavior as it relates to developmental crisis, trauma-causing events, addictions, psychopathology, disability, and other factors that influence normal and abnormal behavior will be presented.

Human Services professionals will be most effective if the strategies they use are validated by clinical research. A range of validated methods are analyzed in areas such as clinical assessment, empathy, parenting, depression, anxiety, phobias, and pain management. Additionally, instruction includes application designed to strengthen the ethical reasoning skills of the professional as related to substance abuse.

The Behavioral Science Capstone reflects on professional identity and development in the human service field.

Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the American republic, especially as embedded in the ideals, values, traditions, founding documents, and institutions of the United States. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the creative tensions that exist between the forces of tradition and change as the country undergoes social, cultural, and political change. It considers the manner in which change can renew the vitality of a republic. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

This course examines civic engagement in relation to individual freedoms and responsibilities. It fosters engaged citizens, empowered to effect positive change. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

37

Integrative General Education Credits

+

40

Major Requirements Credits

+

50

Elective Credits

= 127 Total Credits*

General Education Courses

Take general education courses that do more than fill a requirement. At Bellevue University, these courses build foundational skills that apply to any career—critical thinking, qualitative reasoning, and ethical leadership. And, you can take courses individually or in course clusters, which connect three courses around one theme, building skills as you go.

About general education requirements >

Elective Courses

Our broad selection of electives allows you to select courses related to your major or expand your perspective in other areas of interest.

University Accreditation

Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).

Whether a college, university, or program is accredited is important.

  • Students who want federal (and sometimes state) grants and loans need to attend a college, university, or program that is accredited.
  • Employers ask if a college, university, or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance to current employees, evaluating the credentials of new employees, or making a charitable contribution.
  • The federal government requires that a college, university, or program be accredited in order to be eligible for federal grants and loans or other federal funds.

Accreditation Information

Students applying for professional license or certification should verify the University’s offerings meet the requirements with the professional organization.

*Consult with an admissions counselor to determine your eligible credits, as well as to verify minimum graduation requirements for this degree. Transfer credits must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Bellevue University makes no promises to prospective students regarding the acceptance of credit awarded by examination, credit for prior learning, or credit for transfer until an evaluation has been conducted.

Get credit for what you’ve earned.
Accelerate your path to earning a degree.

Thanks to our generous credit transfer policy, you can avoid retaking the classes you’ve already completed, and chip away at the credit requirements you need to complete your degree. See how:

  • Transfer your full associate degree or even your A.A.S.*
  • Potentially get credit for your military experience and training

See how credit transfer works >

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Learning Experience

100% Online learning that works for your life and your goals.

Our flexible online courses are designed to bring quality learning into a format that fits your schedule, without sacrificing meaningful faculty feedback and collaboration with peers across the country.

  • Complete assignments day or night — whenever it works for you.
  • Stay on track with the help of a Student Coach — your support from day one through graduation.

Find out more about the online experience >

On-campus classes offered on a convenient schedule.

Our Omaha-area campus offers classes that accommodate the working professional’s schedule. So, if you prefer an in-person learning experience as you earn your Behavioral Science Degree, you can get what you need to help you be successful.

Graduate with a built-in network.

Take one class at a time and get to know a consistent group of peers as you earn your Behavioral Science Degree. The accelerated cohort path will allow you to share expertise from your varied backgrounds and gain knowledge that makes you a better professional.

Learn about the accelerated cohort experience >

Whether you earn your Behavioral Science degree online or on campus, we’re here to help.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

It’s more affordable than you think.

Earning a degree is an investment in yourself, and we want to help you make sure it’s a wise one with a generous credit transfer policy and competitive tuition rates.

2022 / 2023 Academic Year

Cohort Bachelor's

$440 In-Class or Online Cost Per Credit $250 Military Preferred Cost Per Credit

(Additional fees may apply to individual courses within your major requirements)

Military Preferred (Active Duty and Spouses Only)

Active duty members of the United States Military, National Guard, Reserve and Coast Guard (and their spouses) who declare this Undergraduate major are eligible for a tuition rate of $250 per credit hour for all courses in their Undergraduate Degree.

Only pay for the credits you need.

Bellevue University offers a generous credit transfer policy so you can make more of the credits you’ve already earned count toward your degree. Talk to us to see what that means for you, specifically.

Get help with financial aid.

Our counselors will work with you to find a plan that works for you, with options like:

  • Completing your FAFSA to potentially receive federal grants or loans
  • Applying for scholarships through Bellevue University
  • Taking advantage of tuition reimbursement benefits that may be offered by your employer

Learn more about financial aid >

Only pay for what you need. Earn your Behavioral Science degree at Bellevue University.

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Admissions

Removing barriers to the education you deserve.

College is challenging, but getting in shouldn’t be. We have simplified our requirements for admission and we do not require entrance exam scores like the ACT or SAT—so you can get on track to achieving your goals. Here’s how it will go:

Prior to beginning the cohort-based online Behavioral Science Degree, you must possess an associate degree or 60 semester hours completed with a grade of "C-" or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning. If you do not meet this requirement, speak with admissions about how you can build your credits directly with Bellevue University.

To be admitted to Bellevue University, provide proof of high school completion. We accept the following forms of documentation:

  • Official high school transcript
  • GED certificate
  • Homeschool letter of completion
  • Certificate demonstrating that the student has passed a state authorized examination recognized by the state in which it is awarded — equivalent to a high school diploma.
  • Self-certification on application.

You’ll just need to complete the application and submit the following:

  • Official high school transcripts or proof of high school completion
  • If applicable, official transcripts from any college or university you previously attended
  • A one-time $50 application fee
  • Note:
    • International students must provide a few extra documents. See international student bachelor admissions details.
    • Students applying for a cohort-based major must possess an associate degree or 60 semester hours completed with a grade of "C-" or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning. If you do not meet this requirement, you can build your credits directly with Bellevue University.

Short on time? You can start the application and save your progress as you go. Start your application >

If you’re transferring from another institution of higher education, you must submit an official transcript from each accredited institution you previously attended. Here are a few details to note:

  • A transcript can be emailed securely to busrtranscripts@bellevue.edu or by mail. It is required to be sent directly from the issuing institution to Bellevue University's Office of the Registrar to be considered an official document. Please check with previous institution for available sending options.
  • Applicants who submit an official transcript which reflects a two-year degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution are not required to show proof of high school completion.
  • Transcripts must be submitted even if credits were not earned at the previous institution or if transfer credit is not granted.
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Nebraska students:

The state of Nebraska has approved the following BSA classes to count toward the Provisional Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC). There is additional course work required.

If you apply for the PLADC in the state of Nebraska, your transcript will serve as your verification of successful completion.

NOTE: There is no guarantee for non-Nebraska residents that these classes will count towards licensure in their home state. Please contact your state licensure department for more information.

The courses listed below qualify toward some of the 270 hours education requirement for obtaining a provisional alcohol and drug license (PLADC) in the state of Nebraska.

Behavioral Health Program :

Counseling theories are useful guides for human service professionals because they identify key factors in assessment and treatment. This course introduces “traditional” theories such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral. Other more specialized counseling theories and techniques are helpful for ethnic identity issues, family problems, and recovery from substance abuse. Many of the theories also identify specific counseling techniques such as problem solving, goal setting, Motivational Interviewing, empathy, and exploring cognition and behavior.

Addresses cultural, social, religious, and economic factors applicable to cultural, ethnic, and minority populations; both from the perspective of the culturally diverse client and the counselor. Experimental methods of learning are emphasized, including the development of self- awareness in the helper. Traditional counseling theories, as well as more recent approaches to counseling diverse groups are analyzed for ethical and practical implications. The helper’s role in addressing advocacy and justice are explored.

This course will merge the complex and comprehensive understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all the developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Individual and family developmental theories and transitions, as well as theories of learning and personality development including knowledge about neurobiological behavior and resiliency are emphasized. Knowledge about human behavior as it relates to developmental crisis, trauma-causing events, addictions, psychopathology, disability, and other factors that influence normal and abnormal behavior will be presented.

Human Services professionals will be most effective if the strategies they use are validated by clinical research. A range of validated methods are analyzed in areas such as clinical assessment, empathy, parenting, depression, anxiety, phobias, and pain management. Additionally, instruction includes application designed to strengthen the ethical reasoning skills of the professional as related to substance abuse.

Use this link https://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Alcohol-and-Drug-Counselor.aspx to see the requirements.

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FAQs

What is a behavioral science degree good for? ›

Behavioral science majors work in careers that are focused on human service and mental health care. Behavioral science can help you gain an understanding of people's behaviors through courses in social sciences such as sociology, psychology and political science.

What is a behavioral science degree called? ›

The behavioral science major draws from anthropology, psychology and sociology to give a broad perspective on human behavior. Students will develop the skills necessary to be proficient in the study, research, assessment and evaluation of human behavior from the perspective of all three fields.

Is Behavioural Science same as psychology? ›

While behavior science is the study of the interactions between human beings, psychology more specifically looks at the science behind human behavior and mental processes. Behavioral science examples include the fields of psychology, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, and more.

How do you become a behavioral scientist? ›

A behavioral scientist must hold a four-year bachelor's degree, preferably in behavioral science, psychology, clinical psychology, or sociology. Not all universities offer specialized behavioral science degrees at the undergraduate level, so related fields may be the best option.

Is behavioral science hard? ›

Behavioral science is generally not considered to be “hard” science like physics, chemistry, or astronomy. Nevertheless, behavioral science is very difficult science. It is difficult because its focus is the behavior of human beings rather than attributes of inanimate objects such as prisms, plastics, and planets.

Should I major in behavioral science? ›

A degree in Behavioral Sciences will prepare you to work in many different careers because of your broad set of skills. Graduates are often found working in healthcare facilities and hospitals. Private companies also hire Behavioral Scientists as coaches, analysts, and marketers.

Where can I study Behavioural science? ›

Best universities to study behavioral sciences
  • California State University, Monterey Bay.
  • Drury University.
  • Ontario Tech University.
  • Trinity College Dublin.

What is the difference between social science and behavioral science? ›

Social science generally addresses issues relating to how data impacts people as groups or how it possesses social implications and behavioral science targets more individual influences as data affects cognitive or lifestyle change.

What are examples of behavioral sciences? ›

Examples of behavioral sciences include psychology, psychobiology, anthropology, and cognitive science. Generally, behavioral science primarily has shown how human action often seeks to generalize about human behavior as it relates to society and its impact on society as a whole.

Is Criminology a behavioral science? ›

CRIMINOLOGY AS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

BASIC ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT HUMAN NATURE THAT INFLUENCE APPROACHES TOWARDS CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ARE EXAMINED, AND A NEW BIOSOCIAL CRIMINOLOGY MODEL IS PRESENTED.

What is Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science? ›

What Is a Behavioral Science Degree? What a behavioral science degree provides is an interdisciplinary approach to studying human behavior. It uses cognitive science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and even artificial intelligence (AI) to explore and analyze human actions, habits, and intentions.

What is behavioural science course? ›

Behavioural Science—BHS for short—is an interdisciplinary program of sociology and psychology. Through psychology you'll examine how individuals perceive, develop within, and act upon the world.

Is Social Work a behavioral science? ›

You can get your master's in any of a number of behavioral sciences including psychology, counseling, sociology, social work, or special education. Some master's degrees have accreditation by a related accrediting body such as the Council on Social Work Education.

What does a Behavioural psychologist do? ›

Behavioral psychologists focus on the study, analysis, and treatment of psychological conditions from the behavioral perspective.

What do behavioral economists do? ›

Behavioral economic consultants work to understand the needs of their clients and develop unique business plans and solutions based on psychology and market research. As a consultant, you could choose a specialized sector––such as health care or education––and work either independently or as part of a private firm.

Is behavioral science a BA or BS? ›

Behavioral science majors develop an interdisciplinary perspective on human behavior and an understanding of the psychological, social and cultural dimensions to being human in a complex society.

What are examples of behavioral sciences? ›

Several disciplines fall under the broad label of behavioral science, including:
  • Anthropology.
  • Behavioral economics.
  • Cognitive psychology.
  • Consumer behavior.
  • Social psychology.
  • Sociology.

Is behavioral science a pre med course? ›

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science is also a good pre-law or pre-medicine program.

What can you do with a PHD in ABA? ›

People with doctoral degrees in ABA can pursue careers in research, as a therapist or even as an educator dealing with autism. They may also elect to work with children or adult clients, assisting them to modify behaviors that can allow them to interact more successfully in social and work situations.

What can you do with a sociology and psychology degree? ›

What sectors can you work in with a sociology with psychology degree?
  • teaching and lecturing (with additional training or further study)
  • research and policy.
  • health and social care.
  • advertising, marketing and media.
  • local government.
  • careers advice, human resources and recruitment.
  • charity work and community development.

Can Psych majors go to med school? ›

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

National statistics show that students who major in psychology are as likely to be admitted to medical school as those who major in biology or chemistry. Psychology is particularly valuable for those premedical students interested in neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics, or behavioral medicine.

What is Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science? ›

What Is a Behavioral Science Degree? What a behavioral science degree provides is an interdisciplinary approach to studying human behavior. It uses cognitive science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and even artificial intelligence (AI) to explore and analyze human actions, habits, and intentions.

Can I go into medicine with a psychology degree? ›

Surprisingly (or possibly unsurprisingly) a psychology degree followed by graduate medicine is a really common thing to do. I'd say around 10% of people in my year on my course have gone into or are in the process of getting into medicine.

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