Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

The Behavioral Science major provides you with the opportunity to develop a broad focus, studying the modern behavioral sciences of anthropology, psychology, and sociology.  You will learn and develop the skills necessary to be proficient in the study, research, assessment and evaluation of human behavior from the perspective of all three fields.  Unique to our program is the inclusion of a Christian perspective of theology as a behavioral science.

Students are encouraged to pursue a complimentary minor or double major within the behavioral sciences.  Available internships connect classroom learning with real-world experience.

Why CBU?

Behavioral Science at CBU is unique.  Caring faculty provide a rigorous study of the human experience from a distinctly Christian worldview.  You will be equipped with skills necessary for careers or graduate study in a global world:  research, writing, critical thinking and oral communication.

Career Opportunities

1.   Psychology:  counseling, mental health work
2.  Sociology:  social work, case management, social policy develoment, non-profit work
3.  Anthropology:  research, cross-cultural liaison, international business, urban planning

Links

1.   American Anthropological Association:  www.americananthro.org
2.  American Sociological Association:  www.asanet.org   
3.  American Psychological Association:  www.apa.org

Behavioral Science Major (53 units) BA

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Content Knowledge and Theories consistent with the standards of APA, AAA, and ASA
      • Explain the major historical theories of psychology, anthropology, sociology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society
      • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology, anthropology, and sociology for an understanding of human behavior
      • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology
    • Critical thinking skills, analysis and synthesis of the research literature across the behavioral sciences including psychology, anthropology, and sociology
      • Use and apply psychology, anthropology, and sociology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding empirical phenomenon
      • Differentiate the behavioral science theoretical foundations from pseudoscience/anecdote as well as develop an understanding of cultural perspectives
      • Contrast and compare Western Culture and the Judeo-Christian worldview
      • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)
    • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy and research skills consistent with the standards of APA, AAA, and ASA
      • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the anthropology, psychology, and sociology literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
      • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading
      • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
      • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
      • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source
    • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
    • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Lower Division Requirements

PSY213 General Psychology
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This introductory course is a survey of the processes of adjustment, growth, learning, remembering, perception, sensation, socialization, and emotions. It is meant to better equip students to understand and articulate their own life experiences, as well as improve their understanding of the behavior of others. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY213-A
Mahaffey, Cristin Michelle
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Building 36 36B
PSY213-C
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-B
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-D
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204
PSY213-E
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center A110
PSY213-A
Wallace, Douglas S
05/08/2017 M 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B259
PSY213-D
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B220
PSY213-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/05/2017 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-B
Smith, Erin I.
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY213-C
Wallace, Douglas S
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center A111
PSY213-E
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 124

Choose one (1) of the following courses

ANT225 Cultural Anthropology
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A general survey of Cultural Anthropology from a behavioral, cognitive, and material perspective and viewed as a social science, focuses on cultural factors that affect human behavior, including a brief overview of the four major fields of anthropology. Topics include cultural change, language, family, religious practices, economic subsistence patterns, and political power systems. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ANT225-A
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 166
ANT225-C
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 166
ANT225-B
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 166
ANT225-F
Goodman, Julie Marcele
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 202
ANT225-D
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 W 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM BUS 204
ANT225-E
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 202
ANT225-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/08/2017 T 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B258
ANT225-A
Melika, Ash
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 125
ANT225-B
Melika, Ash
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 125

BEH100 Survey of the Behavioral Science
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This course introduces the student to the primary Behavioral Sciences of Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology and Christian Behavioral Sciences. The course addresses human beings and behavior from the distinctive theoretical perspectives of each of these behavioral sciences. General subject areas include theory and methodology of Behavioral Science research, human biology and behavior, personality and human development in a socio-cultural context, behavior in the context of ethics and values, and social and cultural change. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH100-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 124
BEH100-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
07/03/2017 T 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B258
BEH100-A
Moore, Marilyn
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 106
BEH100-B
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 125

SOC213 Introduction to Sociology
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A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior in social settings. It includes major theories of human behavior in terms of culture, socialization, primary groups, stratification and social class, population, family, religion, and social change. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

SOC213-C
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 183
SOC213-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 253
SOC213-B
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center B112
SOC213-A
Wallace, Douglas S
05/08/2017 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B259
SOC213-D
Wallace, Douglas S
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B221
SOC213-C
Minton, Carol
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B252
SOC213-B
Wallace, Douglas S
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B251
SOC213-A
Minton, Carol
09/05/2017 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center ONLN

Methodology Requirements

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I
+

This course is an overview of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing. Classroom exercises will not include direct use of SPSS. Prerequisite: MAT115 or STA144. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH255-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 190
BEH255-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 166
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
05/08/2017 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218
BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B218
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall 127

BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II
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Continuing study of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing of the foundational skills in Behavioral Sciences I. In order to complete the course, student will be required to successfully pass the Pre-Statistics Exam. Prerequisite: BEH255. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/11/2017 Th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mission Hall 127
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 Th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 190
BEH256-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
07/03/2017 W 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218
BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/05/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 127
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B218

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview
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This course examines the basic models of integrating the Christian faith and modern behavioral sciences, including the development of Biblical examples of worldview and epistemology. Emphasis is placed upon the student's development of a personal theory of integration. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

BEH333-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125
BEH333-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125

BEH383 Statistics & Rsrch Methodology I
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This course introduces the various quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. Also included are the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing using a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 256. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH383-B
Nardi, Nicholas M.
01/11/2017 Th 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 209
BEH383-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/11/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B113
BEH383-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 Th 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 375
BEH383-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 367
BEH383-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/05/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B113

BEH385 Statistics & Rsrch MethodologyII
+

This course presents some of the more complex quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. It builds on the various concepts of quantitative research, qualitative research, data collection, analysis, and interpretation introduced in previous courses. This course continues the development of student proficiency with basic and intermediate functions of a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 383. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 Th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 367
BEH385-A
Nardi, Nicholas M.
01/11/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B113
BEH385-C
Dimler, Laura M.
01/11/2017 Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209
BEH385-A
Iverson, Nathan David
05/08/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209
BEH385-A
Iverson, Nathan David
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 375
BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/05/2017 Th 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B113

Upper Division Requirements

ANT325 Physical Anthro & Archeology
+

A general survey of Physical Anthropology, including evolutionary theory, the primate fossil record, primatology, human variability, and genetics. The history, methods, and theories of archaeology are also considered - covering all eras of the human past, from prehistoric to modern times.(3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ANT325-A
Goodman, Julie Marcele
01/11/2017 Th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN

ANT430 Culture and Personality
+

This course focuses on the interaction between personal patterns of behavior and social influences, paying particular attention to media influence and a history of social and psychological perspectives. Students will consider the dynamic between environment and heredity (nature/nurture) as they explore several facets of human behavior. Prerequisite: ANT 225 or BEH 100. (3 units; Fall)

ANT430-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall 127

CBS350 Development & Discipleship
+

This course examines the relationship between human development as it is understood within the Behavioral Sciences and Discipleship as formation, transformation and reformation within the Judeo-Christian Theologies. Subjects include Biblical perspectives on faith development, discipleship, learning, maturity, and biblical life cycle. It further examines development as a biological, cognitive, relational and spiritual process that moves toward maturity and wisdom in the context of life and life to life relationships. Specifically, it addresses this as an overall aspect of discipleship of children and converts within the Judeo-Christian religious traditions. Prerequisite: BEH 333 (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

CBS350-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 202

PSY320 Life Span Development
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Principles of psychological development from birth to senescence. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY320-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 253
PSY320-B
Daggett, Martha Irene
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 127
PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY320-C
Moore, Marilyn
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 253
PSY320-A
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall 126

PSY322 Theories of Personality
+

Survey of theories of personality emphasizing structure, dynamics, functions, and development of basic attitudes that influence behavior and develop constructive behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY322-B
Mahaffey, Cristin Michelle
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 183
PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B112
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B220

PSY346 Abnormal Psychology
+

Study of the dynamics, cultural implications and prevention of abnormal behavior including neuroses, psychoses, character disorders, psychosomatic reactions and other abnormal personality patterns. Textual and lecture attention will be given to the impact of the environment and oppressed populations in relation to abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 183
PSY346-B
Ciecalone, Destiny Noelle
01/11/2017 MF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center A111
PSY346-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Building 36 36B

SOC335 Social Problems
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A study of the nature and meaning of social problems and deviant behavior in American Society. The incidence and characteristics of selected social problems of major public interest will be explored. Prerequisite: BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Spring)

SOC335-A
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B112

SOC337 Deviant Behavior
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An overview of causes, implications and social patterns of deviant behavior. Included subjects are role conflict, normlessness, alienation, group deviance and social theory in understanding and correcting social problems that result from deviance. Prerequisite: BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Fall)

SOC337-A
Wallace, Douglas S
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B221

SOC345 Race and Ethnicity
+

This course will focus on the sociological approach to the ascribed statuses of race, class, and gender in American Society. Also explores how these social concepts are perceived, reinforced, and altered through social institutions, social interaction, media influence, and the dynamics of social change. Prerequisites BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Spring)

SOC345-A
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 183

SOC381 Social Theory
+

This course introduces classical and contemporary sociological theories to examine the fundamental forces that influence human interactions in daily living. Specific emphasis is given to the relationships between social institutions, social and economic power, socially constructed reality, and cultural effects on individual identity, expression, and opportunities in society. Recognition of the differences between the secular patterns of norms and behaviors are paralleled with faith integration on constructs of beliefs and behaviors. Prerequisite: BEH100 or SOC213. (3 units; Fall)

SOC381-DS
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 - Instructor OFFC
SOC381-A
Moore, Marilyn
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 202

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Ministry, Diversity, Life Span Development, Psychology, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work.

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.