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.
Demonstrate the ability to define and explain theory and application within the Behavioral Science disciplines with regard to:
Skills: Related to the Behavioral Science Disciplines
Personal and Professional Development
PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills
PSY 315 Group Dynamics
SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities
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.
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
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)
MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science
SOC 302 Marriage and the Family
SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 318 Social Change
SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences
SOC 405 Social Deviance
PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology
SOC 340 Applied Research Design
SOC 340: Recommended
PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology
SOC 409 Special Topics: Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science
SOC 409: Recommended
PSY 406 Tests and Measurements
SOC 490 Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
PSY 329 Lifespan Development
PSY 330 Infant and Toddler Development
PSY 332 Adolescent Development
PSY 336 Child Development
PSY 401 Adult Development and Aging
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.
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
Dev. Psych Elective
Behavioral Science Elective
SOC core course
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
Behavioral Science Core: Choose any course beginning with the prefix SOC.
Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective
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.