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 various divisions of behavioral science, including biopsychology, human development, mental health systems, research methods, social psychology, and other areas of study. This major has broad and current application in human services positions and can provide a solid base for advanced study in myriad behavioral science disciplines. Participation in this program will enhance a student’s understanding of human cognition, behavior, and emotion.

Degree Summary


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


Bachelor Degree Total Credits: 126


Total: $31,500 Books and Supplies: $0

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.

Courses of Study and Requirements

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