Behavioral Sciences, AS
Develop people-centered skills to better lead, serve, and communicate
Behavioral Sciences Learning Outcomes
Behavioral sciences courses focus on examining and developing a deeper understanding of human social interactions, relationships, behavior, and development. The curriculum combines aspects of psychology, social work, sociology, and biological sciences along with core courses in the humanities. Learning outcomes emphasize:
- Developing a knowledge base in psychology
- Understanding scientific thinking and inquiry
- Developing ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
- Increasing communication skills
- Professional development
The Adult and Online Education behavioral sciences program provides a broad knowledge base in several core areas and a foundation in general education coursework that can transfer to a four-year degree or develop relevant workplace skills.
- Leverage the flexibility of taking your behavioral sciences degree online or at our on-base campus at Camp Lejeune — in a program specifically designed for the needs of online and adult learners.
- Benefit from accelerated 8-week terms that allow you to complete your degree sooner and put your new skills to work faster.
- Learn from instructors who bring real-world professional experience, research expertise, and long-time classroom experience (both online and in-person) to the program.
- Get a more personal experience with smaller class sizes, allowing greater connection/interaction with your instructors.
- Military students can apply AS credits toward increasing career advancement opportunities.
- Take advantage of previous coursework credit that can transfer toward earning an associate degree faster.
- Credits are transferable to the psychology bachelor’s degree, potentially saving a semester in the BS degree.
Courses You Will Take
- General Psychology
- Principles of Sociology
- Social Problems
- Introduction to Social Work
- Psychology Electives
- Humanities and Social Sciences
Skills You Will Learn
- Critical thinking
- Interdisciplinary thinking
- Research skills
- Writing skills
- Statistical analysis
- Logical thinking
- Ethical thinking
The behavioral sciences degree develops skills that apply to any job, including enhanced writing skills, critical thinking, and analytical skills. These skills can lead to career advancement within the military and jobs in fields such as:
- Human resources
- Community and youth services
- Social work
- Social services
- Government and law enforcement
- Real estate
Students interested in pursuing a career in the counseling profession will need additional education and training beyond the associate degree. The associate degree in behavioral sciences provides a pathway to a bachelor’s degree and further training, depending on individual career goals.