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 – generalist or sociology. 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

0 - 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)

Modern Language (6 credits)

Must take a modern language through the second semester for credit.

Behavioral Science Core (9 credits)

PSY 12000Elementary Psychology

3 credits

SOC 10000Introductory Sociology

3 credits

Choose One:

ANTH 10000Introduction To Anthropology

3 credits

SWRK 26100Introduction To Social Work

3 credits

Behavioral Science Options (27 credits)

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

Generalist Option

SOC 38200Introduction To Statistics In Sociology

3 credits

SOC 38300Introduction To Research Methods In Sociology

3 credits

Generalist Elective Courses (21 credits)
Psychology (PSY)
Choose two courses 200-level or higher. At least one course must be 300-level or higher.

Sociology (SOC)
Choose two courses 200-level or higher. At least one course must be 300-level or higher.

Anthropology (ANTH)
Choose one course 200-level or higher.

Anthropology, Psychology, and/or Sociology
Choose two courses 300-level or higher.

Sociology Option

SOC 38200Introduction To Statistics In Sociology

3 credits

SOC 38300Introduction To Research Methods In Sociology

3 credits

Sociology Elective Courses (21 credits)
Sociology (SOC)
Choose seven courses, 200-level or higher.

Other Electives (24 credits)