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 for Prior Learning is accepted for general education, elective credit and as determined appropriate by the faculty, toward program major requirements 
  • The program core must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • Students may complete a minor or concentration, listed below

Minors:

Concentrations:

Required Courses

Communications

One written communications course and one oral communications course

ENG 101Beginning English Composition

5

ENG 203Effective Speaking for the Undergraduate

5

Humanities

PHI 107Ethics, Logic and Critical Inquiry

5

Note: Students transferring credit from other institutions or applying coursework previously completed at NLU may use any general education course in humanities.

Fine Arts

ART 102Art Appreciation I

2

ART 103Art Appreciation II

3

Note: Students transferring credit from other institutions or applying coursework previously completed at NLU may use any general education course in fine arts.

Quantitative Reasoning

MTH 101Introduction to Mathematical Concepts

5

or

MTH 102Statistical Foundations

5

Note: Students transferring credit from other institutions or applying coursework previously completed at NLU may use any college level mathematics, statistics, or quantitative research methods course.

Physical and Life Sciences

SCI 101Physical Science

5

or

SCI 102Survey of Biological Science with Lab

5

or

SCI 225Human Impact on Environment

5

Note: Students transferring credit from other institutions or applying coursework previously completed at NLU may use any general education course in physical and life sciences.

Social Sciences

HIS 102Introduction to Political Science

5

or

HIS 203Survey of U.S. History

5

Note: Students transferring credit from other institutions or applying coursework previously completed at NLU may use any general education course in social sciences.

Behavioral Science

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

5

Note: Students transferring credit from other institutions or applying coursework previously completed at NLU may use any general education course in behavioral sciences.

Additional General Education

Choose additional coursework in any general education area or other courses consistent with the integrated general education competencies of information and technology literacy, analytical skills, and ethics, values, and respect for human diversity (including Student Success courses) to bring total general education courses to 60 quarter hours.

Program Core - 58 QH

ABS 400Methods of Inquiry in the Behavioral Sciences

5

ABS 401Independent Inquiry in the Behavioral Sciences

2

ABS 305Philosophy of Values and Ethics

5

ABS 300Adult Development and Learning Assessment

5

ABS 340Effective Interpersonal Relationships

5

ABS 309Critical Thinking & Writing

2

ABS 331Dynamics of Group Behavior

5

ABS 406Leadership in a Changing World

5

ABS 407Applied Communication in Society

5

ABS 426Critical Perspectives of Difference

5

ABS 430Economic Models of Behavior

5

ABS 431Organizational Behaviors and Professional Development

5

ABS 435Senior Seminar: Integrating the Applied Behavioral Sciences

2

LIBR 300Library Research for the Social Sciences

2

Electives - 62 QH

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

For more information about this program, visit http://www.nl.edu/academics/socialbehavioralsciencesbachelors/baappliedbehavioralsciences/