Bachelor - Applied Behavioral Science

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The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science program is designed to provide you with an education that integrates general education topics with studies in psychology, social science, and human behavior. Continue reading for more information regarding this Ashford University behavioral science major.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

If you enroll in the online Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science program, you'll have the chance to study common problems that men, women, and children face personally and as members of society. Such issues include racism, bigotry, sexism, ageism, indigence, homelessness, and addiction. Courses are designed to teach students how to look at these problems in an analytical manner in order to try to resolve them and better society. You'll have the ability to study U.S. government structure and practices as well as learn about civic initiatives designed to help special groups, including children, low-income families, the elderly, and the mentally ill. In addition, the program is designed to provide you with techniques for conducting effective research and information analysis. Prior to the close of this online series, you'll have the opportunity to complete a final project on the subject.

What are the Prerequisites?

You may be actively involved in your community, volunteering for non-profit agencies or in outreach programs with your church or synagogue. You may also keep abreast of social service policies and field-specific government programs. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

This bachelor's degree program requires the completion of 120 credit hours, including 39 credits in the applied behavioral science field, 44 elective credits, and 46 credit hours in general education courses. Some of the major area courses can also be applied to general education requirements.

Applied Behavioral Science Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development and Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
ABS 200 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Sciences
SOC 203 Social Problems
COM 321 Communication Theory
PSY 304 Lifespan Development
PSY 301 Social Psychology
SOC 320 Public Policy & Social Services
ABS 415 Leadership & Ethics in a Changing World
ABS 417 Community Organizing & Development
SOC 402 Contemporary Social Problems & the Workplace
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences
PSY 326 Research Methods
ABS 497 Applied Behavioral Sciences Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science, you could seek opportunities with mental health facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, colleges, businesses, community organizations, or government agencies. You could be able to undertake tasks in client monitoring, relationship building, counseling, or policy development.

Occupations relevant to your major might include:

  • Behavior and mental health research assistant
  • Youth services behavioral specialist
  • Family services case manager

Advanced Degrees

Upon completion of this Ashford University program, you may decide you'd like to continue your training and enroll in a master's degree program. Taking part in such a program could allow you to strengthen your understanding of behavioral science principles and practices or help you grasp theories and applied skills in a complementary field. Obtaining a master's degree could also allow you to qualify for a wider variety of employment options or take on additional workplace responsibilities.

Master's degrees that you could pursue might include:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science
  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Social Work

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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