Behavioral Science, Associate of Science

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

Choices, background, culture, physiology... Why do people act the way they do?

Ancilla College offers a Behavioral Science degree designed to prepare you for many different occupational and educational opportunities. Your courses will guide you through the complexities of human development and behavior in a world of different people, communities, workplaces, 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?

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 at universities across the country. 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

Behavioral Science Certificate

The Behavioral Science certificate is designed to give students an awareness of the complexities of human development and behavior, and affirms the dignity of each individual with a diversity of people and cultures. This certificate is available in two semesters with 30-31 credits.
While recognizing the uniqueness of each person, the Behavioral Science certificate seeks to give insight into how the human psyche interacts with the physical and social world.

Suggested Classes for Behaviorial Science Certificate Semester I

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Culture & Society
  • Social Psychology
  • Marriage & Family
  • Sociology Internship
  • General Astronomy
  • Prin of Biology I
  • College Algebra
  • Finite Math
  • Calculus I
  • Prin of Biology II
  • Microbiology
  • General Chemistry I

Suggested Classes for Behaviorial Science Certificate Semester II

  • Writing I
  • Public Speaking
  • General Psychology
  •  Intro to Sociology
  •  Appreciation of Art
  • Ethics
  • American Literature to 1865
  • American Literature from 1865
  • Introduction to Literature
  • US History to 1877
  • US History since 1877
  • World Civ to 1660
  • World Civ since 1660