2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Behavioral Sciences (BS)
Offered at South University, Austin; South University, Cleveland; South University, Columbia; South University, High Point; South University, Montgomery; South University, Novi; South University, Online Programs; South University, Savannah; South University, Tampa; and South University, West Palm Beach.
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences degree program is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to educate students in the various approaches and methodologies used to examine individual behavior and social interactions. Specifically, this degree program is deisgned to provide students with foundational knowledge about the interaction of the biological, cognitive, social, and cultural factors that influence humans’ capacities for complex behavior, emotions, and thinking. Courses examine a wide range of topics, including brain mechanisms, human development, memory and reasoning processes, social interactions, and mental health problems and their treatments. As behavioral science is based on the systematic analysis and investigation of human behavior, students in the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences degree program will have the opportunity to gain valuable critical thinking, writing, research, and data analysis skills that are designed to enable them to apply behavioral science theories to real life settings and evaluate how society and culture influence interpersonal interactions. The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences degree program offers students the opportunity to study in several different areas of emphasis and is appropriate for students: (a) to seek entry-level positions in mental health/counseling, human resources, social services, business/industry, and law enforcement or (b) to seek graduate degree in the behavioral and health sciences.
Upon the completion of this program, graduates should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and content areas in the behavioral sciences
- Actively engage in the process of critically evaluating concepts, theories, research, and applications in the behavioral sciences
- Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of cultural factors impacting the behavioral sciences according to historical and current issues
- Develop effective verbal and written communication skills necessary in the field, demonstrating the ability to use APA style appropriately
- Apply the principles of scientific methodology according to human, social, and applied contexts
- Demonstrate awareness and understanding of current and future professional issues in the field, including an understanding of the APA Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice
- Demonstrate an understanding and articulate a need for continued professional growth in the field
- Understand and articulate the connection between theory, concepts, research and clinical application in the field for current and emerging issues