Behavioral Science


Course Descriptions

BH1001: First Year Seminar

Credits 1
This course is designed to support student learning and development in the critical first semester of college. Through a shared relationship with the course instructor and an academic advisor, students explore the purposes of higher education and begin to develop the skills needed to utilize information technology and academic resources successfully in college. Using a strength-based curriculum, the course also focuses on topics useful to college students including time management, teamwork, study skills, leadership, and education and career planning. EduKan course number: ED100

BH1112: TRIO Enrichment Course

Credits 2
This supplemental course is for TRiO participants only and one of the credit hours is tution-free. It is designed to expand the basic components of the First Year Seminar course such as, time management, teamwork, study skills, leadership and career planning. In addition, professional tutors will instruct students in all subject areas. Special emphasis is given in career exploration for the undecided student utilizing StrengthsQuest. Financial literacy will also be a key component; providing the student with an understanding of financial management both as a student and as a productive citizen. Students will be provided information on how to successfully transfer to a four-year institution upon graduation. The value of being a TRiO participant and the services available to them will be emphasized.

BH1303: General Psychology

Credits 3
Survey courses of human behavior. The student will be introduced to the development and learning aspects of human behavior. Specific emphasis is placed on motivation, emotion, personality, perception, social interaction, adjustment and mental health. EduKan course number: PS176

BH1403: Principles of Sociology

Credits 3
This course will study the factors in the social life of people. It will include the study of group behavior, culture, socialization, social groups. The nature of specific organizations of groups; their activities and the social influences that affect personalities, behavior and social change. EduKan course number: SO176

BH1511: Strategies for Success

Credits 1
This is a course designed to assist students in developing successful skills in leadership, communication and involvement (their own, as well as the new students).

BH1613: Intro Cultural Anthropology

Credits 3
The course will introduce the student to the discipline of Anthropology including but not limited to principles, definitions, terminology, concepts, theories, and research techniques. Critical thinking will be facilitated by providing opportunities to apply anthropological perspectives to daily activities. EduKan course number: AN177

BH2303: Developmental Psychology

Credits 3
This course is the study of how and why people change over time, as well as how and why they remain the same, from conception to death. Attention is given to emotional, social, intellectual, physical, perceptional and psychological development. EduKan course number: PS276

BH2313: Abnormal Psychology

Credits 3
Abnormal Psychology is an introductory scientific study of behavior pathologies which, given the appropriate context, represent impaired functioning. The course examines the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive aspects of a wide range of behaviors. Emphasis is placed on the identification and diagnosis of symptoms; the biological, psychological, and sociological factors correlated with maladaptive behavior, as well as treatments available for specific disorders. Additionally, the course emphasizes the social, cultural, and legal outcomes of behaviors which differ from social norms and expectations. Further, the course examines the use of labels in describing individuals, myths and fallacies regarding specific maladaptive behaviors, and stresses respecting the dignity and worth of individuals afflicted with disorders.

BH2403: Marriage and the Family

Credits 3
This course investigates the function of marriage and family in society as well as the dynamics of each. Examining change over time and the consequences of this change for both society and the individual are emphasized. For each unit of credit, a minimum of three hours per week with one of the hours for class and two hours for studying/preparation outside of class is expected.