Behavioral Science

(Bachelor of Arts)

Does human behavior fascinate you? Would you like to know how biology contributes to behavior or how to resolve interpersonal issues? In this online program, you'll gain a deeper understanding of complex issues in sociology, psychology, counseling, and management, ranging from cross-cultural and ethical issues to conflict resolution. (An on-campus option may also be available in Tempe, Arizona; contact a student advisor for details.) The knowledge and insight you'll gain are valued by many industries, including human and social services, health care, education, and business.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science program offers students a basic foundation in the diverse fields of psychology, social psychology, and human development and behavior. The program is experience-based and emphasizes the reciprocity of knowledge and direct application. Because of the breadth of its offerings, this major can be directly applied in multiple areas of business and corporate operations. It also has direct and immediate application in human services positions and operations or can provide a solid base for advanced study in various behavioral science disciplines. Participation in this program will also enhance personal development through the acquisition of new knowledge and insight into group interactions and communication.

Degree Summary


48 months (approx. 4 years) Starting a new course each month, with no transfer credit


Bachelor Degree Total Credits: 126


Total: $30,950 Books and Supplies: $0

Program Learning Outcomes

1 Differentiate the major concepts and issues in thinking, information processing, concept formation, language, problem solving, creativity, and development of intelligence.
2 Discriminate between normal psychology (e.g., self-actualization or "emotional intelligence") and the etiology of the more common disorders of anxiety, depression, and conduct problems.
3 Demonstrate the principles of effective versus ineffective teams and groups based on collaborative and conflicting interpersonal behaviors.
4 Compare societal, cross-cultural, and gender theories and the practical implications on each within a diverse community structure.
5 Explain the principles and effects of social influence, conformity, social attraction, and social perception on personal development.
6 Describe the theoretical basis for conflict management and interpersonal effectiveness in situations of human conflict and hostility.
7 Discuss differences in moral/ethical behavior in different cultures.

Courses of Study and Requirements

Credits Required for Degree Completion 126 CREDITS
General Education Core Requirements 42 CREDITS
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