Jun 10, 2023  
2019-2020 South University Academic Catalog Version I 
2019-2020 South University Academic Catalog Version I [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Sciences (BS)

South University is not currently accepting applications for entrance into the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences program for any locations.

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 designed 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and content areas in the behavioral sciences
  2. Actively engage in the process of critically evaluating concepts, theories, research, and applications in the behavioral sciences
  3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of cultural factors impacting the behavioral sciences according to historical and current issues
  4. Develop effective verbal and written communication skills necessary in the field, demonstrating the ability to use APA style appropriately
  5. Apply the principles of scientific methodology according to human, social, and applied contexts
  6. 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
  7. Demonstrate an understanding and articulate a need for continued professional growth in the field
  8. Understand and articulate the connection between theory, concepts, research and clinical application in the field for current and emerging issues

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences: 180 Credits

Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits

Professional Development

Basic Communications

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Sciences (choose two)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Area II Foundation Requirements 32 Credits

Elective Pool (eight courses or 32 credit hours)

Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor’s consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

Area III Major Requirements: 84 Credits

Core: 52 Credits

Program Electives: 28 Credits

Students must select seven (7) courses from the various substantive areas outlined below in addition to one (1) of the Capstone options listed.  All selected courses require approval from the student’s Behavioral Science faculty academic advisor.

Capstone (choose one, 4 credits)


The online program may not be available to residents in all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.