Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Science

About This Program

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 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.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness and respect for diversity and multiculturalism in a pluralistic society.

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

In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Behavioral Science degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a Co-op assignment. The Co-op option for Behavioral Science is the equivalent of two semester courses, for a total of six credit hours. Students can complete their Behavioral Science degree with 120 credit hours, whether they choose the Co-op option or not. Because each Co-op experience is individually designed, students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Behavioral Science Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment.

CAP/Co-op Program Option (6 credits)

PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills
OR
PSY 315 Group Dynamics

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

The Co-op option allows students to complete core courses in PSY 309 - Interpersonal Communications Skills or PSY 315 - Group Dynamics and SOC 304 - Ethnic Groups and Minorities in a supervised educational work setting related to the student's major field of study. If students select the Co-op option, both PSY 309 or PSY 315 and SOC 304 in Co-op format are required. Alternative core courses may also be available for Co-op depending on the field placement. Each Co-op assignment is one semester long and normally, the two Co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Behavioral Science Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment.

For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/

Wilmington University Beta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu International Behavioral Science Honor Society

Pi Gamma Mu Delaware Beta Chapter is an International Honor Society for students majoring in Behavioral Science, Organizational Dynamics, and Psychology. Students must meet eligibility criteria and be willing to attend the induction ceremony as well as participate in service projects. Eligibility membership letters are sent out in September of each academic year.

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.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.