Behavioral Sciences, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science is designed to give students the necessary groundwork for entry-level employment in social services. It also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology or sociology. Students may choose from one of two options – psychology or sociology – with the psychology option allowing students practicum hours of field work under the mentorship of a professor. The degree is governed by the College of Liberal Arts of Purdue University.

PNC General Education Core (30 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)

Choose one Mathematics 12300 or higher course and one Statistics course from Quantitative Reasoning.

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

Choose two courses from Natural Science and/or Technology.

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

Choose one course from Humanities and one course from Social Sciences.

FYE or Humanities Social Sciences (3 credits)

An additional Humanities, Social Sciences course, or FYE (GS 19100)

PNC Supplemental Core (24 credits)

U.S. Traditions (3 credits)

Choose one course from US Traditions.

Western Heritage (3 credits)

Choose one course from Western Heritage.

Global Cultures (3 credits)

Choose one course from Global Cultures.

Literature and the Arts (3 credits)

Choose one course from Literature and the Arts.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one course from Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

Gender Issues (3 credits)

Choose one course from Gender Issues.

Social Ethics (3 credits)

Choose one course from Social Ethics.

Individual and Society (3 credits)

Choose one course from Individual and Society.

Required Courses (66 credits)

Foreign Language (12 credits)

Must take a foreign language through the fourth semester for credit.

Behavioral Science Core (12 credits)

PSY 12000Elementary Psychology

3 credits

SOC 10000Introductory Sociology

3 credits

SWRK 26100Introduction To Social Work

3 credits

One (1) course (200 level or higher) in the student's non-option area.

Behavioral Science Options (27 credits)

Students must choose either the Psychology Option or the Sociology Option.

Psychology Option

PSY 20100Introduction To Statistics In Psychology

3 credits

PSY 20300Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology

0 - 3 credits

PSY 34200Introduction To Psychology Of Personality

3 credits

PSY 35000Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

PSY 36000Developmental Psychology

3 credits

PSY 37500Approaches To Counseling And Psychotherapy

3 credits

PSY 49200Internship In Psychology

3 credits

Free Electives 200 and higher

6 credits

Sociology Option

SOC 31000Racial And Ethnic Diversity

3 credits

SOC 31501Gender In Society

3 credits

SOC 34000General Social Psychology

3 credits

SOC 38200Introduction To Statistics In Sociology

3 credits

SOC 38300Introduction To Research Methods In Sociology

3 credits

SOC 41100Social Stratification

3 credits

Free Electives 300 and higher

9 credits