Behavioral Science: Applied Psychology Option (A.S.)

Behavioral Science: Applied Psychology Option (A.S.)
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  Online Program

The online A.S. in Behavioral Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human behavior within a global world view.

 Credit Hours: 60  |   Transfer: Up to 44 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is the Applied Psychology Option in Behavioral Science?

The Associate in Science in Behavioral Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human behavior within a global world view. Foundation courses at an associate level introduce behavioral science students to the biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables of human behavior. This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice. The applied psychology option introduces students to the research basis of psychology and allows students to delve deeper into their choice of specific areas within applied psychology.

Why study the Applied Psychology Option in Behavioral Science at UNH College of Professional Studies?

Your courses will introduce you to the biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables of human behavior. Within each option area, you’ll gain deeper-level knowledge. For example, the applied psychology option introduces students to the science of psychology and the ways in which psychological knowledge can be applied to various career choices. For those looking to further their education beyond an associate degree, this degree can prepare you for a smooth transition to the bachelor’s in Applied Psychology, Health and Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice.

Potential Career Areas

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  • Residential Counselor
  • Service Coordinator
  • Job Coach
  • Site Supervisor
  • Family Support Coordinator
  • Support Worker
  • Client Advocate
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Family Support Worker

Course Highlights


  •  Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Criminology

...and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Those wishing to continue their education may apply their 60-credit associate degree toward an 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Ask your advisor for details!

Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Associate in Science in Behavioral Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human behavior within a global world view. Foundation courses at an associate level introduce behavioral science students to the biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables of human behavior. This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice. The applied psychology option introduces students to the research basis of psychology.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
PSY 410 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOCI 410 Introduction to Sociology 4
 Credits16
Spring
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
PSY 525 Human Development 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
MTH 504
or PSY 530
or PSY 602
or PSY 630
or PSY 685
or SOSC 445
or SOSC 602
Statistics
or Social Psychology
or Theories of Personality
or Psychology of Adulthood
or Principles of Psychopathology
or Race & Diversity in the U.S.
or Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
4
PSY 530
or MTH 504
or PSY 602
or PSY 630
or PSY 685
or SOSC 445
or SOSC 602
Social Psychology
or Statistics
or Theories of Personality
or Psychology of Adulthood
or Principles of Psychopathology
or Race & Diversity in the U.S.
or Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
PSY 602
or MTH 504
or PSY 530
or PSY 630
or PSY 685
or SOSC 445
or SOSC 602
Theories of Personality
or Statistics
or Social Psychology
or Psychology of Adulthood
or Principles of Psychopathology
or Race & Diversity in the U.S.
or Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits12
 Total Credits60

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements 

A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major/Option coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major/Option and General Education areas.

Major in Behavioral Science
PSY 410Introduction to Psychology4
PSY 525Human Development4
SOCI 410Introduction to Sociology4
Option in Applied Psychology
Select three of the following:12
MTH 504
Statistics
PSY 530
Social Psychology
PSY 602
Theories of Personality
PSY 630
Psychology of Adulthood
PSY 685
Principles of Psychopathology
SOSC 445
Race & Diversity in the U.S.
SOSC 602
Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Total Credits24

Electives 

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, concentration or minor. Students will need 60 credits total to graduate with an associate degree.

 
  • Attain proficiency in the basic concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry in behavioral sciences.
  • Evaluate ethical principles of the behavioral sciences.
  • Prepare for seamless transition to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice.

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