Applied Behavioral Sciences, B.A.

The Applied Behavioral Sciences program is designed for working adults who wish to complete undergraduate degrees for professional advancement or personal accomplishment. As a degree-completion program, it is intended for adults with significant life experience who have completed previous college coursework.

Students will learn about effective communication, group dynamics and human behavior for nonprofit, governmental, corporate and educational settings where employers need to maximize their human capital and serve clients.

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion
  • Requires a minimum of 90 QH of previous college credit to be admitted
  • Up to 60 QH of technical credit may be transferred 
  • Credit by examination, portfolio and proficiency are accepted for general education and elective credit
  • The program core must be taken at NLU
  • Students may complete a minor or concentration, listed below



Required Courses


Two college-level writing courses. The courses below are recommended:

LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II

LAE120Essentials of Composition

LAE125Fundamentals of Research Writing


One Humanities course

Fine Arts

One Fine Arts course

Quantitative Reasoning

One college-level Mathematics course

Physical and Life Sciences

One Science course

Social Sciences

One undergraduate Social Science course

Behavioral Science

One undergraduate Behavioral Science course

Additional General Education

Choose additional General Education courses to total 60 QH of general education

Program Core - 58 QH

INT430Methods of Inquiry in the Behavioral Sciences

INT431Independent Inquiry in the Behavioral Sciences

LIBR300Library Research for the Social Sciences

LAH305Philosophy of Values and Ethics

LAP300Adult Development and Learning Assessment

LAS309Critical Thinking and Writing for Social and Behavioral Sciences

LAS331Dynamics of Group Behavior

LAP340Effective Interpersonal Relationships

LAS406Leadership in a Changing World

LAS407Applied Communication in Society

LAS426Multicultural Dimensions

LAS430Economic Issues in Global Perspective

LAS431Managerial and Supervisory Behavior

LAS435Senior Seminar: Integrating the Applied Behavioral Sciences

Electives - 62 QH

Choose additional courses to total 180 QH. These hours may be used to complete the major, minors and concentrations listed above.

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