Liberal Arts/Behavioral & Social Sciences
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Behavioral Science

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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Behavioral Science degree program is a course of study for students who intend to pursue a Bachelors Degree in one of the Behavioral Sciences (AnthropologyPsychology, or Sociology). It provides the foundation for an education in these disciplines, while also ensuring a more general education in the arts and sciences. To learn more about these areas of study click on their name.

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Quick Facts

Behavioral Science Quick Facts

Earning Potential
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The median pay for anthropologists and archaeologists in the United States was $61,220 in 2015. 

Career Forecast
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Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

Career Path
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Sociology offers you a background in research design, data analysis, statistics, and sociological concepts. With this strong set of skills you can look for positions in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and other social science-oriented jobs.

Additional Details

A Solid Foundation for a Bachelors in Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology


The requirements for this degree will allow students to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete their Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology without loss of credit or time.

Job market trends reveal continued high interest and opportunities in the Behavioral Sciences. This program provides students with the type of educational foundation that is necessary to achieve success in psychology, sociology, or anthropology.


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Program Requirements

Behavioral Science A.S.

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Prefer CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications OR CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge◊ BIO*H115 Human Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed other than ENG*H101 3
Program Requirements PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
PSY*H112 General Psychology II 3
SOC*H101 Contemporary Social Issues 3
SOC*H201 Contemporary Social Issues 3
ANT*H101 Introduction to Anthropology 3
Modern Language◊◊ 3
Modern Language◊◊ 3
Program Elective - Choose from any 200-level ANT*, PSY* or SOC* course 3
Program Elective - Choose from any 200-level ANT*, PSY* or SOC* course 3
General Elective 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

◊◊Students completing 3 years of modern language in high school may substitute 6 credits of General Electives. Note: Some 4-year colleges may require a language proficiency exam.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Present a well-written research report that demonstrates the ability to think and write critically.
  2. Present oral reports before a group.
  3. State the major theories, processes, and research methods important in psychology
  4. State the major theories, concepts, and research methods important in sociology,
  5. Read and explain the presence and importance of behavioral science concepts in literature.
  6. Use basic psychological concepts in applied settings and circumstances.
  7. Evaluate the causes and consequences of perceived differences and inequalities among groups of people.
  8. Describe a conceptual framework for the origin of man and the development of culture.
  9. Use microcomputers to complete research in the behavioral sciences.
  10. Use statistical methods for behavioral science research.
  11. Describe the basic biological processes involved in human genetics, evolution, and physiology.
  12. Evaluate the perceived differences among groups of people.
  13. Critically analyze the effects of biological forces on the behaviors of groups and individuals.

CSCU Transfer: Psychology Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements PSY*H111 General Psychology I
(may be used to fulfill Social Phenomena above, thereby adding 3 credits of unrestricted electives)
3
PSY*H245 Abnormal Psychology 3
General Education Elective - Creativity 3
General Education Elective - Global Knowledge 3
Free Electives1 9-12
Choose two of the following:
PSY*H240 Social Psychology
PSY*H243 Theories of Personality
PSY*H247 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
3 or 6
Choose one of the following:
PSY*H201 Lifespan Development
PSY*H203 Child Psychology
PSY*H204 Child & Adolescent Development
PSY*H206 Adolescent and Adult Development
3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Students who have taken MAT*H185 should take 9 credits, and students taking MAT*H186 should take 8 credits. Students should consider beginning or completing work on foreign language requirements not already met in high school and beginning work on minor requirements of some CSUs. They may also complete other State University General Education requirements.


Transfer Ticket Degrees allow NVCC students to complete associate degree programs that transfer without hassle to all Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak State College offering their major. Upon transfer, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take any extra credits.A

Although all requirements for most of these majors may be completed at NVCC, the following program courses are not currently offered at the college and may need to be taken at an alternative community college or state university.

Art Studies
ART 250 Digital Photography*
*NVCC offers DAT 102 Photography

Biology Studies
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I

Chemistry Studies
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 212 Organic Chemistry II

Computer Science
MAT 210 Discrete Math
CSC 229 Programming II

Italian
ITA 201 Intermediate Italian I
ITA 202 Intermediate Italian II

Theater Studies
THR 102 Theater History I
THR 112 Voice and Diction

For additional information regarding these programs, please see an NVCC advisor and review information at the CSCU Transfer Ticket Website at http://www.ct.edu/transfer/tickets

ANote: Transfer Tickets do not include seamless transfer to the University of Connecticut.

CSCU Transfer: Sociology Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Any sociology course (except SOC*H101) 3
Any 200 level sociology course 3
Any 200 level sociology course 3
General Education Elective - Creativity 3
General Education Elective - Global Knowledge 3
Free Elective1 3
Free Elective1 3
Free Elective1 3
Free Elective1 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Students who have taken MAT*H185 should take 9 credits, and students taking MAT*H186 should take 8 credits. Students should consider beginning or completing work on foreign language requirements not already met in high school and beginning work on minor requirements of some CSUs. They may also complete other State University General Education requirements.


Transfer Ticket Degrees allow NVCC students to complete associate degree programs that transfer without hassle to all Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak State College offering their major. Upon transfer, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take any extra credits.A

Although all requirements for most of these majors may be completed at NVCC, the following program courses are not currently offered at the college and may need to be taken at an alternative community college or state university.

Art Studies
ART 250 Digital Photography*
*NVCC offers DAT 102 Photography

Biology Studies
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I

Chemistry Studies
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 212 Organic Chemistry II

Computer Science
MAT 210 Discrete Math
CSC 229 Programming II

Italian
ITA 201 Intermediate Italian I
ITA 202 Intermediate Italian II

Theater Studies
THR 102 Theater History I
THR 112 Voice and Diction

For additional information regarding these programs, please see an NVCC advisor and review information at the CSCU Transfer Ticket Website at http://www.ct.edu/transfer/tickets

ANote: Transfer Tickets do not include seamless transfer to the University of Connecticut.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

Behavioral Science Areas of Study

Areas of Study You Can Further Pursue with an Associate Degree in Behavioral Science

  • What are humans?
  • Where do you, as humans, come from, both biologically and geographically?
  • How does where you come from affect how you think, what you believe and how you act? 
  • Why are people in different places so different? And in what ways people are all the same? 

In anthropology courses at NVCC, you will learn the answers to these questions and more. You'll also get more than theory - you can “get your hands dirty” at the college’s on-campus archaeological site.

Your life will probably not be the same after taking a sociology course at NVCC as a result of the increased awareness that you will gain. Through these courses, you will learn how sociologists view the world, the events occurring in it and even individual and seemingly peculiar behavior. After learning about the sociological perspective, you will understand a lot more about your life and the lives of those around you.


A Window to the World - Past, Present and Future…

We offer a range of courses to prepare you to understand how and why people and countries interact with each other the way they do. Our courses will provide you with:

  • an excellent education - these are essential disciplines comprising a well-rounded general education curriculum.
  • maximum transferability - all courses offered in these areas are transferable to universities and colleges both in and out of the state.

A CSCU PathwayTransfer Degree in sociology is available.

Psychology is a scientific discipline that studies mental processes and behavior in humans and animals.

Even though it is one of the newest branches of science, psychology seeks to answer questions that have existed since the beginning of human history. Through the psychology courses offered at NVCC, you will gain an understanding of why people think, act and feel the way they do.

Because of an abundance of psychological issues in our everyday lives and the world at large, psychology provides a foundation of knowledge and a method of inquiry that benefits students who want to work in fields as far ranging as clinical and counseling settings, medicine, law, politics, education, and business.

The Mind Matters    

Developing an understanding of human thinking and behavior has never been more important and our Psychology faculty wants to help you unlock the mysteries of the human mind.

Psychology at NVCC is learning for the real world.  In our courses, you will develop the foundation you need to understand the self and others and develop the knowledge and experiences you will need to be successful in a wide range of personal and professional pursuits.  Relationships, parenting, education, mental health, working, leadership, service…the list of ways you can use your learning is practically endless.


Beyond the Classroom 

Psychology at NVCC is not just classroom theory or boring facts.  Our students have the opportunity to put their learning into action. NVCC is the only community college in the nation that has a behavioral “rat lab” where you can deepen your ;understanding of learning and behavior. Through the Psychology Club, you would have the opportunity to conduct meaningful research and make professional presentations at regional conferences.


For those who want to go further…

If you’re planning to earn a degree in psychology, then the behavioral science program is your best choice of major at NVCC. The behavioral science program is for students who intend to pursue a bachelor's degree in one of the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology). It will provide you with the foundation for an education in psychology, while also ensuring a more general education in the arts and sciences. With the behavioral science degree, you will be able to transfer easily to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your degree in psychology without loss of credit, time or money.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in Psychology is available.

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Academic & Transfer

This degree is intended for students who want to transfer to a four-year university and pursue bachelor's degrees in anthropology, psychology, or sociology. Courses will transfer even though other schools do not have a program with this name.

Career Paths

The Behavioral Science degree program is perfect for students who may be uncertain which behavioral science they would like to major in eventually - you will "sample" psychology, sociology and anthropology. Available career paths are:

  • Therapist or Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Education
  • Advocacy or Community Development

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