The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science provides students with a disciplined understanding of how scientists think about and understand human behavior. In today's world, discerning how people think and act on the job is critical to an organization's success. Learning both the theory and ramifications of human behavior is vital to solving real-world problems.
Students will learn to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in behavioral science
- Understand and apply basic research methods in behavioral science, including research design, data analysis and interpretation
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues
- Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of behavioral science as a discipline
- Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats
- Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity
- Develop insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self‐management and self‐improvement
People have always fascinated you. Maybe you even enjoy the chance to people watch, trying to determine what makes people tick. However, it is possible that you haven't realized that there is a way to put that keen interest in people's behavior to work in a career. With the Behavioral Science program at Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, you can turn your passion for people into concentrated study.
This program is structured around the American Psychological Association's proposed learning goals and outcomes. Students must be able to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and methods in experimental behavioral science, as well as critical thinking skills, ethics and values, information and technological literacy, communication skills and personal development.
To provide a strong balance of foundational knowledge and stimuli for personal intellectual curiosity, receipt of the Behavioral Science Bachelor's Degree requires completion of a specialized curriculum. Four core courses and eight additional elective courses of the students' choosing are essential to this major.
Behavioral Science Required Courses
- Introduction to Behavioral Science
- Research and Evaluation in Behavioral Science
- Statistical Analysis and Research Methods
- Integrative Capstone in Behavioral Science
Students also choose eight elective courses from the following 15 options
- Social Environment and Human Behavior
- Science of Positive Psychology
- Life Span Development
- Community Psychology
- Disorders of Human Behavior
- Health and Human Behavior
- Principles of Organizational Behavior
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Organizational Socialization
- Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
- Power and Politics in Organizations
- Best Practices in Organizations
- Organizational Research
- World Class Organizations
- Organizational Design and Development
At the end of the program, successful students earn their Behavioral Science Bachelor's Degree. From here, they are empowered and possess essential skills to contribute to organizational success, all while furthering their knowledge through continued pursuits of personal interests within the field.
"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge."