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Behavioral Science, Bachelor of Science

Purpose

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Behavioral Science is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how social issues, social environments, and cultural influences impact individual and group behaviors. With a Wilmington University Behavioral Science degree, students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in careers working with adolescents and teens, families, the elderly, the homeless, the court systems, government agencies, addictions, crisis interventions, and more. Upon completion of the program, students seek careers in the human services, government, business, and industry. Students seeking graduate degree options may consider Master’s degrees in social work, sociology, psychology, human services, public administration, criminology, counseling, or human resource management.

Program of Study

The program includes courses in psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Course work emphasizes normal and abnormal individual development, as well as family, group, and cultural dimensions of behavior. Ethical and professional issues are also addressed. Skill development in interpersonal relations, problem solving, and evaluation of programs and research is stressed. In addition, General Education courses required of all Wilmington University undergraduates provide a well-rounded academic foundation.

Classroom courses provide a blend of theory and application. Students also have the option to explore internship opportunities throughout the community in a variety of settings which provide experiences in applying knowledge and skills. The program is offered statewide, with day and evening classes offered at New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown. The program is also offered in New Jersey at Mt. Laurel and Cumberland. The program is also available online.

Program Competencies

Knowledge:

Demonstrate the ability to define and explain theory and application within the Behavioral Science disciplines with regard to:

  1. Change and development at individual, group, and societal levels.
  2. Individual differences, group variations, and social deviance.
  3. Micro- and macro-level processes involving individuals, groups and societies.
  4. Empirical and ethical issues related to the systematic study of individual, group and societal processes.

Skills: Related to the Behavioral Science Disciplines

  1. Demonstrate effective oral and written presentation skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, implement, analyze, and report formal inquiry in the behavioral sciences.
  4. Demonstrate effective utilization of current technologies.
  5. Demonstrate the ability, skills, and flexible thinking necessary to explore the various applications of behavioral science in the real world, including career options.

Personal and Professional Development

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of one’s strengths and limitations, interests, aptitudes, values, goals, commitment to self-directedness, self-discipline, and planning for present and lifelong learning, career identification, and development.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of self in relation to others, including effective interpersonal communication skills, ability to work in teams, and respect for diversity and multiculturalism in a pluralistic society.


CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program

CAP/Co-op Program Option (6 credits)

PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills

OR

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities


Program Policies

Elective Guidelines

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences recommends that students who transfer in six or more core courses and all 18 credits of core electives use any remaining electives to increase their subject knowledge by taking upper level electives in their field. These will include the interdisciplinary electives identified from the other academic colleges.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Behavioral Science program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required core course must retake that course.


Curriculum

General Education Requirements (40 credits)

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

OR

POL 300 American Politics

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Science Elective with Lab (4 Credits)

Humanities Elective

Behavioral Science Core (45 credits)

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

SOC 302 Marriage and the Family

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology

SOC 318 Social Change

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

SOC 405 Social Deviance

OR

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology

Select 6 credits from upper level (300-400) courses beginning with the SOC prefix.

Choose one course from the following:

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

SOC 340 Applied Research Design

SOC 340: Recommended

Choose one course from the following:

PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology

SOC 409 Special Topics: Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science

SOC 409: Recommended

Choose one course from the following:

PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

Choose one course from the following:

PSY 406 Tests and Measurements

SOC 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)

Choose one Developmental course from the following:

PSY 329 Lifespan Development

PSY 330 Infant and Toddler Development

PSY 332 Adolescent Development

PSY 336 Child Development

PSY 401 Adult Development and Aging

Behavioral Science Electives (18 credits)

Courses beginning with the prefix CRJ, PSY, ORG, or SOC may be used as Behavioral Science electives. In addition, the following courses may also be selected as Behavioral Science electives:

 

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

NOTE: Guided Practicum (SOC 290-SOC 291) as well as Internship (SOC 490) and Co-op (SOC 450) experiences are available.

Free Electives (18 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

1st Semester

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ENG 121 English Composition I

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

2nd Semester

ENG 122 English Composition II

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

Free Elective

Sophomore

1st Semester

Dev. Psych Elective

Behavioral Science Elective

Humanities Elective

SOC core course

ENG 131 Public Speaking

2nd Semester

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

Free Elective

Natural Science Elective with Lab (4 Credits)

ENG 310 Research Writing

SOC 302 Marriage and the Family

Junior

1st Semester

PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills

OR

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

OR

Co-op

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

SOC 405 Social Deviance

OR

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology

Behavioral Science Elective

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

OR

POL 300 American Politics

Behavioral Science Core: Choose any course beginning with the prefix SOC.

2nd Semester

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

OR

Co-op

SOC 318 Social Change

SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology

Behavioral Science Elective

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

OR

SOC 340 Applied Research Design

Behavioral Science Core: Choose any course beginning with the prefix SOC.

Senior

1st Semester

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

SOC 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)

OR

PSY 406 Tests and Measurements

Behavioral Science Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective

2nd Semester

SOC 409 Special Topics: Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science

OR

PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology

Behavioral Science Elective

Behavioral Science Elective

SOC core course

Free Elective


Behavioral Science Completion Degree

What is a Completion Degree?

A Completion Degree is a personalized version of a Bachelor’s degree created exclusively for students who have completed an Associate’s degree at an accredited institution. A student who expects to transfer a completed Associate’s degree should communicate with a Wilmington University Academic Advisor before registering for courses. An official transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following Behavioral Science courses are required.

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology

OR

SOC 405 Social Deviance

PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills

OR

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

PSY 406 Tests and Measurements

OR

SOC 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)

SOC 302 Marriage and the Family

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology

SOC 318 Social Change

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

SOC 340 Applied Research Design

SOC 409 Special Topics: Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science

Dev. Psych Elective

Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective

Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective


SOC to Applied Family Science (AFM) Accelerated Option

This accelerated option will allow eligible PSY or SOC students to have the opportunity of taking up to two selected graduate level courses in place of selected PSY or SOC courses and the opportunity to be formally accepted into the AFM program prior to completion of the B.S. in Behavioral Science or Psychology degree.

In order to be eligible, students must have completed 90 undergraduate credits, including PSY 101. Furthermore those students seeking approval for the PSY/SOC to AFM accelerated option must have obtained an overall GPA of 3.50 or better. Courses taken at the graduate level will fulfill the requirements for both programs.

Students interested in applying may secure the necessary forms and begin the approval process with the Chair of the graduate Applied Family Science program.