2018-2019 Catalog

Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science Program Learning Outcomes

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Roadmap


Minor

Faculty

Salvatore J. Russo, Program Coordinator
Carl D. Sneed (Psychology), Kara Dellacioppa (Sociology), Jerry Moore (Anthropology), David Dixon (Political Science)

Program Office: SBS G-322, (310) 243-2123

Program Description

The undergraduate program in Behavioral Science is designed to provide the student with a broad systematic understanding of human behavior, and of the biological, psychological, cultural, political and social factors that influence such behavior. The program stresses the mastery of key behavioral science concepts; exposure to significant behavioral science theories drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science; the development and utilization of rigorous investigation, observation and research skills common to the behavioral sciences; and the ability to integrate knowledge across the behavioral sciences.  The program provides practical knowledge and skills with enduring career applicability.

Features

The undergraduate program in Behavioral Science is designed to provide the student with a broad systematic understanding of human behavior, and of the biological, psychological, cultural, political and social factors that influence such behavior. The program stresses the mastery of key behavioral science concepts; exposure to significant behavioral science theories drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science; the development and utilization of rigorous investigation, observation and research skills common to the behavioral sciences; and the ability to integrate knowledge across the behavioral sciences.  The program provides practical knowledge and skills with enduring career applicability.

Academic Advisement

Students are encouraged to contact the Behavioral Science Program Coordinator at (310) 243-2123 for information and for advising. The behavioral science faculty who come from anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology are available for academic advisement; they would be pleased to discuss the program with interested students.

Preparation

Completion of the General Education lower division requirements is recommended. Introductory level courses in one or more of the disciplines contributing to behavioral sciences would be helpful.

Career Possibilities

Completion of the strong and diversified Behavioral Science Program will enhance the student's chances for employment in the various helping professions, government and industry. Positions in communication, recreation, gerontology and health sciences would be likely options for behavioral science students. Moreover, the application of behavioral science knowledge and training would be beneficial in the solution of critical social and business problems.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Behavioral Science by meeting the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Behavioral Science Undergraduate Program.