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Behavioral Science – Psychology Emphasis, B

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Behavioral Science – Psychology Emphasis, B.S.


The UVU Behavioral Science Department offers classes that fulfill the social science distribution requirements for graduation, the Behavioral Science pre-major for the associate degree, the Behavioral Science major for the bachelor degree (with an emphasis in Anthropology, Family Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (SUDC).

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements:

Introduction to Writing

Intermediate Writing–Humanities/Social Sciences

Intermediate Writing–Science and Technology (3.0) (recommended)

Complete one of the following:

Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)

Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended)

College Algebra (4.0)

College Algebra for Business (3.0)

Complete one of the following:

US History to 1877 (3.0)

US History since 1877 (3.0)

American Civilization (3.0)

US Economic History (3.0)

American Heritage (3.0)

American National Government (3.0)**

Complete the following:

Ethics and Values

Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)

Fitness for Life

Additional Biology or Physical Science

Fine Arts Distribution

General Psychology (Social/Behavioral Science)

Discipline Core Requirements:

Complete the following seven courses:

Social/Cultural Anthropology (3.0)

General Psychology (3.0) (completed with GE requirements)

Introduction to Sociology (3.0)

Contemporary Families (3.0)

Introduction to Social Work (3.0)

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0)

Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (3.0)

General Elective Requirement (18 elective credits from any courses 1000 level or higher)

Advanced Research Requirement – Complete one of the following courses:

Applied Behavioral Science Research (3.0)

Clinical Research (3.0)

Experimental Psychology (3.0)

Tests and Measurements (3.0)

Survey Research Design (3.0)

Social and Diversity Requirement

Complete the following course:

Social Psychology (3.0)

Complete one of the following courses:

Psychological Anthropology (3.0)

Psychology of Gender (3.0)

Psychology of Good and Evil (3.0)

Moral Psychology (3.0)

Environmental Sociology (3.0)

Complete one of the following course:

Infancy and Childhood Development (3.0)

Autism Across the Lifespan I Infants and Children (3.0)

Complete one of the following courses:

Thanatology–Death and Dying (3.0)

Adolescent Development (3.0)

Adult Development (3.0)

Autism across the Lifespan II Teens and Adults (3.0)

Personality and Clinical Requirement

Complete the following two courses:

Abnormal Psychology (3.0)

Personality Theory (3.0)

Complete one of the following course

Interviewing Skills (3.0)

Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3.0)

Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3.0)

Introduction to Group Psychotherapy (3.0)

Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counseling (3.0)

Autism Assessment and Treatment (3.0)

Interpersonal Relations Requirement – Complete two of the following courses:

Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (3.0)

Human Sexuality (3.0)

Understanding the Autism Spectrum (3.0)

Communication and Conflict (3.0)

Applied Parenting (3.0)

Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)

Advanced Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)

Family Dispute Resolution (3.0)

Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3.0)

Introduction to Substance Use Disorder Counseling (3.0)

Cognitive Neuroscience Requirement – Complete two of the following courses:

Cognitive Psychology (3.0)

Psychopharmacology for the Substance Use Disorder Counseling Field (3.0)

Physiological Psychology (3.0)***

Sensation and Perception (4.0)

General Psychology Requirement – Complete one of the following courses:

Positive Psychology (3.0)

Principles of Learning (3.0)

History and Systems of Psychology (3.0)

Human Intelligence (3.0)

Current Topics in Psychology (1.0)

Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (3.0)

Advanced Professional Development (3.0)

Emphasis Elective Requirements:

Behavioral Science Elective Requirement (3 courses / 9 credits) – In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete 9 credits of approved Behavioral Science electives. These courses must come from ANTH/AUTS/BESC/FAMS/PSY/SOC/SW and they can be 1000 level or higher. Students planning on taking PSY 3430 and/or PSY 3450 should take PSY 2710 to count towards part of this requirement. Please see your Behavioral Science advisor for a list of approved courses.

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation.
  3. Minimum 2.5 program GPA upon graduation.
  4. Residency hours–minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. All major course work taken to meet Behavioral Science requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor for explanation of all program requirements, a list of recommended classes, and for assistance with creating an academic plan for graduation.

Note: If a student has completed an associate degree through another institution, the required general education courses may be waived.

Note: Students would need to pass ENGL 1010 and ENGL 2010 or 2020 with a C+ or higher as prerequisites for the Behavioral Science Bachelor degree courses.

** Recommended if student is considering an MSW program.

*** Completion of PSY 2710 or ZOOL 2320 and ZOOL 2420 is a prerequisite for PSY 3430 and PSY 3450, no exceptions to this requirement will be made.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g. online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.

The Behavioral Science department is a rigorous interdisciplinary program (Anthropology, Family Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Substance Use Disorder Counseling, and Autism Studies) that prepares students to make positive contributions in their academic, work, and community settings by developing their understanding of human functioning in various contexts. We promote and mentor student engagement with each other and with their academic, professional, or geographic communities in order to achieve essential learning outcomes.

Please see our department site for the most up to date and accurate information.

To find out who your assigned advisor is and schedule an appointment please visit:

Associate in Art or Science in Behavioral Science
Bachelor of Art or Science in Behavioral Science

  • Anthropology
  • Family Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Bachelor of Social Work
Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate of Proficiency
Autism Studies Minor
Autism Studies Certificate of Proficiency

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