Behavioral Science, Associate of Science

Explore the complexities of human development and behavior within a diverse world of circumstances, peoples and cultures.

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 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, addiction counseling and graduate studies in psychology. An Associate 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.

Suggested Schedule of Classes

Usual first semester courses

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Computer Literacy
  • Writing I
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • A Religion or Philosophy course
  • A History, Political Science or Economics course

Usual second semester courses

  • Public Speaking
  • Writing II
  • General Psychology
  • Social Problems
  • Marriage & Family

Usual third semester courses

  • Human Growth & Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Culture & Society
  • College Algebra
  • A Science Course

Usual fourth semester courses

  • Concentration Elective
  • Science Course
  • Humanities Course
  • Literature Course