The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with a concentration in Behavioral Science will provide the graduate with an educational core that could lead to a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. The AA degree can establish the foundation for a lifetime of continual learning and serve as a framework for a productive professional and personal life. This degree gives emphasis to practical skills in communication and computation which may lead to employment; however, the goal is successful transfer with junior status to an upper division baccalaureate degree program in behavioral science. The degree requires a minimum of 61 credit hours of general education core transferable courses (including 15 credit hours of Behavioral Science courses) that will provide the student with a broad background to enter a baccalaureate program at the junior level. The AA degree utilizes both on-site as well as distance education. See the current advising sheet for more details.
Credits Required: 61 hours
Credential Earned: Associate of Arts
Many businesses and industries seek well-rounded employees whose maturity level along with communication, computation, and decision-making skills are a step above those of traditional high school graduates. The Associate in Arts Degree provides graduates with enhanced knowledge and work skills without requiring the larger commitment of time or money necessary for a bachelor’s degree.
-Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts and theoretical perspectives in behavioral science
-Apply basic research methods in behavioral science including research design, data analysis and interpretation
-Demonstrate critical thinking and use a scientific approach to problem solving
-Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
-Develop an appreciation for sociocultural diversity
-Recognize the mental process involved in their own and other’s behavior
-Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues