Degree:  Associate of Science
Credit Hours Required:  65

The Behavioral Science curriculum is designed for students who intend to seek a career working with people. The curriculum is aimed at allowing students to pursue an occupation in social services/people related jobs. The Behavioral Science Degree will also set the foundation for students who intend to pursue a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate utilizing the American Psychological Association format for writing research papers.
  2. Apply concepts learned not only to the field of behavioral science but in life in general.
  3. Demonstrate the difference between criminal and civil crimes.
  4. Understand the ethical principles as it pertains to the program.
  5. Apply the various theories as it pertains to real world situations.

Required Professional Courses                                                                    12

SS 110                  Introduction to Sociology                                                3

PSY/SS 230          Pseudoscience & Controversy                                          3

PSY 205               Life Span Development                                                   3

MATH 210           Introduction to Statistics                                                  3


Professional Electives                                                                                    12

Students are required to complete 12 semester hours of elective professional courses. These courses must be chosen with permission of the advisor.  They may include but are not limited to the following:

PSY/SS 125, PSY 204, PSY 240, SS 210, SS 241, HPS 250, BUS 217

General Education Requirements                                                               41

Please refer back to pages 32-33 of the catalog for a full description of each of these General Education requirements.

            English/Communications                                                        6

            Math/Science - Math 130 & one science course                     7

            Humanities                                                                              3

            Social Science -                                                                       6

            GEO 120 or HPS 150 AND PYS 110 or SS 120 or SS 135

            Dakota Studies                                                                       6

            Computer Science       .                                                           3

            General Education                                                                  4

            General Education Electives                                                   6

Students that come into the program prepared to take 100 level classes, can complete the program in two years (4 semesters) and one summer if taking 15 credits each semester. If a student takes 12 credits, minimum for full-time, the program can be completed in 2.5 years (5 semesters) and one summer.

Behavioral Science Instructor:   Vince Owen

Cost to complete the program within normal time (15 credits per semester):

 (Based on five semesters)

Tuition                                                             $ 8,125

Registration Fee                                                    250

Lab Fee $50 (per lab class)                                   150

Library Usage/Email Account Fee                        150

Building Usage Fee                                              125

Technical Fee                                                        450

Books and Supplies (estimate)                           3,000

Graduation Fee                                                       40

Activity Fee                                                          150

Total                                                               $12,440                       

This program prepares students to enter a behavioral science program in a four year university or enter a criminal justice program.