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Behavioral Science Major Course Descriptions

All students take the four required courses. They also take eight electives to create a customized program that best addresses their interests and goals.

Required Courses

CEBS 100 - Introduction To Behavioral Science

This course is an introduction to and survey of the science of human behavior and mental processes. There is a primary emphasis on the application of scientific reasoning and the empirical method to the study of topics such as learning and cognition, the biological bases of behavior, personality, motivation and emotion, social and group dynamics, developmental processes, and behavioral disorders and treatment.

CEBS 200W - Research and Evaluation in Behavioral Science

This course introduces the fundamentals of quantitative behavioral research including the identification and selection of testable research problems, developing hypotheses, research designs, data analysis, writing research papers in the APA style and ethical conduct in research. Students learn to critically evaluate published journal articles including understanding potential sources of bias. (Prerequisite: CPRO 204 Statistical Analysis)

CPRO 204 - Statistical Analysis and Research Methods

This course focuses on statistical methods in the social sciences. Students learn appropriate techniques for gathering and analyzing data. Topics include: survey formulation, statistical approaches (includes regression analysis) and the use of statistical software packages in research.

CEBS 499W - Integrative Capstone in Behavioral Science

This course provides students with an integrative learning experience where they will create, develop and present a paper drawing on current behavioral science research.  This class will include the process of culling research down to what is valuable teaching students what is or isn’t relevant to the issue at hand.    Students will review scholarly research to support an applied perspective and conclude how the research informs them about the future.

Elective Courses

CEBS 300 - Social Environment and Human Behavior

This course outlines how people's behavior, feelings and thoughts are influenced or determined by their social environment. Topics include person perception, prejudice, discrimination and diversity, the nature of attitudes and social cognition, group dynamics and behavior, and interpersonal relations.

CEBS 301 - Science of Positive Psychology

This course covers the basics of the new science of positive psychology and reviews empirical evidence of successful positive psychology interventions. The focus is on human strengths rather than weaknesses and on understanding human happiness, well-being, flow, optimism and flourishing. Students gain practical skills in applying positive psychology exercises to their own lives.

CEBS 302 - Life Span Development

This course focuses on the theoretical and empirical models that direct developmental research on adulthood and old age. A primary emphasis is placed on reviewing the empirical literature concerning developmental changes in cognition, motivation and emotion.

CEBS 400 - Disorders of Human Behavior

This course is an overview of psychopathology and abnormal behavior among adults. The focus is on theoretical models of abnormal behavior as they relate to the definition, etiology and treatment of mental disorders. Diagnostic classification, behavioral and biological features of the major syndromes of psychopathology are discussed.

CEBS 401 - Health and Human Behavior

This course is concerned with how behavior influences the development of and recovery from disease. The course introduces the biopsychosocial model and reviews existing behavioral, psychosocial and epidemiological data on the relationship between behavior and disease, and how behavior, emotion and cognition can influence the disease process. 

COBS 320 - Management and Leadership

Are leadership and management the same thing?  How are they similar?  How are they different?  Why is it important to be both an effective leader as well as an effective manager?  The course will introduce students to principles of management and leadership in today’s complex organizations.  We will review the basics of both leadership and management with an emphasis on those topics that are important today:  ethics, social and emotional intelligence, sustainability and working in a virtual world.  This course will draw attention to how these concepts apply to each student currently as well as how it may later in life.

COBS 352 - Principles of Organizational Behavior

This course introduces students to the theories, concepts and terminology of the discipline of organizational behavior. The course takes a three-tiered perspective to studying the human side of management by looking at individual, group and organizational-level behavior.

COBS 330 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

This course focuses on the study of people and social processes in organizations. Students have the opportunity to consider, for example, questions such as: What motivates people at work (or not!)? Why do some work teams perform beautifully and others flop? How can I as an employee better understand the complex dynamics of the social system that is my organization and learn to navigate it while keeping (sort of) my sanity? Through readings and discussion students begin to develop a new "lens" through which to view the behavior and attitudes of individuals and groups within an organizational culture.

COBS 370 - Power and Politics in Organizations

Students explore the processes of power, politics and persuasion. Specifically, they address types and sources of power and learn the application of politics to getting things done within organizations. Finally, students improve their powers of persuasion by understanding the process and practicing the skill.

COBS 400 - Best Practices in Organizations

This course integrates classic management theories with current day practices. Students integrate multiple perspectives on leading organizations through classic articles, biographies, and current periodicals and/or case studies. This course also explores selected topics and themes that vary by instructor and semester.

COBS 440 - Organizational Socialization

Students explore the interdependent dynamics of the interplay between the individual, the organization and the environment through the lens of social psychology. Specific topics include values, norms, culture and social processes. This course focuses on the process by which organizations and individuals can and do change each other.

COBS 442 - Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

This course examines individual, group and organizational learning processes in the workplace. Students discuss adult learning theories and best instructional practices as well as strategies for becoming a learning organization.

COBS 350 - World Class Organizations

Leaders search for methods to fashion more effective and efficient ways to operate companies, tap human potential and create hospitable work environments. The fundamental fact that businesses are made up of people and not machines, computers or any other mechanical equipment is often overlooked. This course considers organizational design and development in the paradigm-shifting light of the ingenious workplace. Organizations are studied as identity-based coalitions, bound together in common narrative and engaged in entrepreneurial innovation.

COBS 361 - Organizational Research

This course provides students with an understanding of the critical role of research, systematic assessment, and evaluation to identify and solve organization problems and to improve organization performance. The primary focus is on the practical application of research methods to improving organizational programs, services, policies and performance.

COBS 362 -  Organizational Design and Development

Do you want to help your organization become a World Class Organization, capable of competing successfully in the global marketplace? Then you must understand the processes and underlying structures that contribute to sustaining organizational performance. This online course introduces the key "pillars" in building a World Class Organization.