Behavioral Science


ancilla behavioral science

Why do people act the way they do? Ancilla College offers a Behavioral Science degree designed to prepare you for a variety of occupational and educational opportunities. The program allows you to explore the complexities of human development and behavior within a diverse world of circumstances, peoples, and cultures.

The Behavioral Science program will help you build knowledge and skills in how the human psyche interacts with the physical and social world; to understand the social structures that shape our personal and collective lives; to prepare you for further study and for careers in the social sciences, counseling, social work, human resources, and various human service professions.

Why a behavioral science degree?

Generally speaking, an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Science prepares you to apply psychological, developmental, and mental health principles in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, and private mental health practices.

The Behavioral Science Program prepares students for Baccalaureate programs in psychology, sociology, social work, and criminal justice. Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in the human services, teaching, law enforcement, addictions counseling, and graduate studies in psychology. An Associate’s Degree will qualify you to serve as an assistant to a counselor, licensed psychologist or to assist in psychology research, but it usually serves as a foundation from which you pursue additional education. It can also serve as launching pad if you intend to apply your psychology background in a different field such as marketing research, sales, or business management.

Career Options…

Counseling Advertising Criminal Justice
Education Corporate Training Career Counseling
Management Human Resources Labor Relations

What courses are offered?

First semester courses usually include:

HUM 101 Freshman Seminar 1 credit hour
CS 135 Computer Literacy – 3 cr. hrs.
ENGL 110 Writing I – 3 cr. hrs.
SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology – 3 cr. hrs.
a Religion or Philosophy course – 3 cr. hrs.
a History, Political Science or Economics course – 3 cr. hrs

Second Semester

COMM 115 Public Speaking   3
ENGL 212 Writing II   3
PSY 115 General Psychology   3
SOC 160 Social Problems   3
SOC 265 Marriage & Family   3

Third Semester

ED/PSY 256 Human Growth & Devel.   3
PSY 265 Abnormal Psychology   3
SOC 170 Culture & Society   3
MATH 110 College Algebra   3
Science Course**   4

Fourth Semester

Concentration Elective***    3
Science Course**   4
Humanities Course*   3
Literature Course*   3

Concentration Requirements: 18 credit hours
General Education Requirements: 44 credit hours

*  Three areas must be represented from Humanities, Fine Arts, Religion or Philosophy
**  Students must take two 5 credit hour science courses
***  Concentration Electives: SOC 291 Sociology of Aging, SOC/PSY 220 Social Psychology, SOC 295 Topics in Social Issues


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