Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

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Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science is designed to give students the necessary groundwork for entry-level employment in social services.  It also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology or sociology.
Students may choose from one of two options – psychology or sociology – with the psychology option allowing students practicum hours of field work under the mentorship of a professor.  Students will complete 126 total credit hours, with 12 hours being completed in a general behavioral science core, 51-60 hours of general education core requirements, 24-27 hours in the selection option, and the remaining hours for electives of the students’ choosing.  The degree is governed by the College of Liberal Arts of Purdue University.

The Curriculum

A total of 126 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science.  Guidelines are as follows:

General Education Core

  6

English Composition

  3

Communication

  3

Foreign Language (FLL 202)

  6

Mathematics & Statistics (3 hours each)

  6

Natural Sciences

  3

Western Heritage

  3

United States Tradition

  3

Other Cultures

  3

Aesthetic Awareness

  3

Race/Ethnic Diversity

  3

Gender Issues

  3

Individual & Society

  3

Social Ethics

  3

Global Perspective

Behavioral Science Core

  3

PSY

12000

Elementary Psychology

  3

SOC

10000

Introduction to Sociology

  3

SWRK

26100

Introduction to Social Work

Plus 3 hours in the students’ non-option area (200 level or higher)

Options

Students will choose an option in psychology or sociology*:

Psychology

  3

PSY

20100

Quantitative Topics in Psychology I

  3

PSY

20300

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

  3

PSY

34200

Introduction to Psychology of Personality

  3

PSY

35000

Abnormal Psychology

  3

PSY

36000

Developmental Psychology

  3

PSY

37500

Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

  3

PSY

49200

Internship in Psychology

Plus 6 hours of electives in Psychology (200 level or higher)

Sociology

  3

SOC

31000

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

  3

SOC

31501

Gender in Society

  3

SOC

34000

General Social Psychology

  3

SOC

38200

Methods of Social Research I

  3

SOC

38300

Methods of Social Research II

  3

SOC

41100

Social Stratification

Plus 9 hours of electives in Sociology (300 level or higher)
*Students who had declared a BABS major with a Social Work option prior to Fall 2010 may continue to pursue that degree.   All new students should select one of the two options above.

Elective Courses

At least 21 hours of electives are available to students.  Psychology students are encouraged to take courses in Adult Development and Aging, Industrial Psychology, and Child/Family Behavior.

Total credits required: 120

Other Requirements and Limitations

  • Students must meet residency requirements at Purdue North Central.

  • Students must have a completed plan of study on file with the Social Sciences Department by the junior year.

SUGGESTED ARRANGEMENT OF COURSES – PSYCHOLOGY OPTION

Freshman Year

First Semester

  3

ENGL

10100

English Composition I

  3

Mathematics

  3

PSY

12000

Elementary Psychology

  3

Western Heritage

  3

Foreign Languages I

15 Semester Credits

Second Semester

  3

ENGL

10200

English Composition II

  3

Elective

  3

SOC

10000

Introduction to Sociology

  3

Other Cultures

  3

Foreign Languages II

15 Semester Credits

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

  3

COM

11400

Speech Communication

  3

SWRK

26100

Introduction to Social Work

  3

Natural Science

  3

PSY

20100

Quantitative Topics in Psychology I

  3

Foreign Languages III

15 Semester Credits

Fourth Semester

  3

Natural Science

  3

US Tradition

  3

Statistics

  3

PSY

20300

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

  3

Foreign Languages IV

15 Semester Credits

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

  3

PSY

34200

Introduction to Psychology of Personality

  3

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

  3

Global Perspectives

  3

PSY

35000

Abnormal Psychology

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Sixth Semester

  3

PSY

36000

Developmental Psychology

  3

Psychology Course

  3

Gender Studies

  3

Aesthetic Awareness

  3

SOC

Sociology Class (200 level or above)

15 Semester Credits

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

  3

PSY

37500

Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

  3

Psychology Course

  3

Social Ethics

  3

Elective

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Eighth Semester

  3

Elective

  3

PSY

49200

Internship in Psychology

  3

Individual & Society

  3

Elective

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

SUGGESTED ARRANGEMENT OF COURSES – SOCIOLOGY OPTION

Freshman Year

First Semester

  3

ENGL

10100

English Composition I

  3

Mathematics

  3

PSY

12000

Elementary Psychology

  3

Western Heritage

  3

Foreign Languages I

15 Semester Credits

Second Semester

  3

ENGL

10200

English Composition II

  3

Aesthetic Awareness

  3

SOC

10000

Introduction to Sociology

  3

Other Cultures

  3

Foreign Languages II

15 Semester Credits

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

  3

COM

11400

Speech Communication

  3

SWRK

26100

Introduction to Social Work

  3

Natural Science

  3

SOC

31501

Gender in Society

  3

Foreign Languages III

15 Semester Credits

Fourth Semester

  3

Natural Science

  3

US Tradition

  3

Statistics

  3

SOC

31000

Racial & Ethnic Diversity

  3

Foreign Languages IV

15 Semester Credits

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

  3

SOC

34000

General Social Psychology

  3

SOC

38200

Introduction to Methods of Social Research I

  3

Global Perspectives

  3

PSY

Psychology Class (200 level or above)

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Sixth Semester

  3

SOC

38300

Introduction to Methods of Social Research II

  3

Sociology Course

  3

Gender Studies

  3

Elective

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Senior Year
Seventh Semester

  3

Social Ethics

  3

SOC

41100

Social Stratification

  3

Sociology Course

  3

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Eighth Semester

  3

Elective

  3

Sociology Course

  3

Individual & Society

  3

Elective

  3

Elective

15 Semester Credits