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  Jan 23, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Science, Applied Behavioral Science Concentration, B.S.

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science

The Behavioral Science major offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human behavior. All students in the major must complete a core of courses designed to expose them to the concepts, theories, and research methodologies used in the behavioral sciences. Beginning in the sophomore year, students, in conjunction with their academic advisors, elect to concentrate in one of four areas. Behavioral Science majors cannot have a dual major with Sociology. The area selected will depend upon the student’s future career or academic aspirations.

The four concentration areas are:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Human Services

The major is designed for students who either want to work in a socially oriented occupation or desire the ability to combine behavioral sciences with other applied disciplines.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Behavioral Science must complete a minimum of 122 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Students majoring in Behavioral Sciences cannot have more than one required major course with a grade less than 2.0. In addition, 18 credit hours within the major must be taken from the York College Behavioral Science major holdings, in residence, and students must maintain a 2.0 average. Students will also be required to complete a standardized outcomes assessment test. With the exception of the Anthropology concentration, a Behavioral Science major may not minor in Sociology. Students with an Anthropology concentration may minor in Sociology if they take five Sociology courses outside the Behavioral Science core. Students with a concentration in Human Services may not minor in Human Services, and students with a concentration in Gerontology may not minor in Gerontology.

Required Courses for the Behavioral Science Major:

Core Courses

A core of eight courses (24 credits) will be required of all Behavioral Science majors. These courses will expose students to the concepts and theories of the behavioral sciences and deliver the knowledge and experience necessary for either academic or applied research. The courses in the core will be:

Behavioral Science Electives

Students must also complete four elective courses (12 credits) selected from any courses offered within the Behavioral Sciences Department. Behavioral Science electives can thus be selected from Anthropology (ANT), Behavioral Science (BEH), Criminal Justice (CJA), Gerontology (GER), Psychology (PSY), Recreation and Leisure (REC), and Sociology (SOC) course offerings.

Behavioral Science Concentration Areas

Majors will select from one of four possible concentration areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Human Services

Each concentration area is composed of six or seven courses (18-21 credits). Students will also be required to complete 15 credits of Behavioral Science electives. Thus, the major will require 54-57 credits of coursework.

Applied Behavioral Sciences (18 credits)

One of the following:

One of the following:

Behavioral Science Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshman Year (29 credits)

Sophomore Year (33-35 credits)

  • Anthropology 3 credit hours
  • WRT 202 Academic Writing 3 credit hours
  • Behavioral Science Elective 3 credit hours
  • Sociological Theory 3 credit hours
  • Area III Distribution Requirements 6-8 credit hours
  • Concentration Course 3 credit hours
  • Elective Courses 12 credit hours

Junior Year (30 credits)

Senior Year (30 credits)

  • Concentration Courses 6 credit hours
  • Behavioral Science Electives 9 credit hours
  • Area V Distribution 3 credit hours
  • BEH 490 Behavioral Science Seminar 3 credit hours
  • Electives Courses 9 credit hours

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