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Behavioral Science        College of Natural and Behavioral  Sciences

Bachelor of Arts




Linda Groff, Program Coordinator

Mark Carrier, Jerry Moore, Alan Ryave

Deborah Butler, Department Coordinator

Program Office:  SBS G-326, (310) 243-3434


Program Description

The undergraduate program in Behavioral Science is designed
to provide the student with a broad systematic understanding of human behavior, and of the biological, psychological, cultural, political and social factors that influence such behavior.  The program stresses the mastery of key behavioral science concepts; exposure to significant behavioral science theories drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science; and the development and utilization of rigorous investigation, observation and research skills common to the behavioral sciences.  The program provides practical knowledge and skills with enduring career applicability.



Majors and minors will have exposure to a multidisciplinary approach to the behavioral sciences.  Unlike most programs in which students learn about a single discipline, the Behavioral Science program provides a broad range of approaches from anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology.


Academic Advisement

Students are encouraged to contact the Department of Behavioral Science for information and for advising.  The behavioral science faculty who come from anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology are available for academic advisement; they would be pleased to discuss the program with interested students.



Completion of the General Education lower division requirements
is recommended. Introductory level courses in one or more of the disciplines contributing to behavioral sciences would be helpful.


Career Possibilities

Completion of the strong and diversified Behavioral Science Program will enhance the student’s chances for employment in the various helping professions, government and industry.  Positions in communication, recreation, gerontology and health sciences would be likely options for behavioral science students.  Moreover, the application of behavioral science knowledge and training would be beneficial in the solution of critical social and business problems.


Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Behavioral Science by meeting the following criteria:

1.  A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.  A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Behavioral Science Undergraduate Program.



Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.  A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. 


Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.


General Education Requirements (54-60 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.


United States History, Constitution                                  and American Ideals Requirement (6 units)

See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals" requirements in the University Catalog.  Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.


Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.


Minor Requirements

Student completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.


Major Requirements (28 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A.  Lower Division Requirements:  Select one course from the following (3 units):

MAT 131.    Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)

PSY 230.       Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology (3)

SOC 220.      Analytical Statistics for Sociology (4)


B.  Upper Division Requirements  (25 units)

1.   Required Courses (13 units) 

Courses on modern theories or systems and their historical origin in the core areas of the behavioral sciences — anthropology, psychology, and sociology.

ANT 388.       Anthropological Theories of Behavior (3)

PSY 305.         History and Systems of Psychology (3)

SOC 355.        Modern Sociological Theories (4)

BEH 490.        Seminar in Behavioral Science (3)


2.   Select two additional courses from the following, one each
in two of the three core areas of the behavioral sciences.  Students with a minor in anthropology, psychology, or sociology are to select courses outside their minor (6 units).

ANT 310.       Culture and Personality:
Psychological Anthropology (3)

ANT 312.       Language and Culture (3)

ANT 335.       Comparative Cultures  (3)

PSY 340.         Social Psychology: 
Psychological Perspective (3)

PSY 350.         Child Psychology (3)

PSY 360.         Theories of Personality (3)

PSY 363.         The Abnormal Personality (3)

SOC 311.        Social Organization (3)

SOC 340.        Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective (3)

SOC 365.        Deviant Behavior (3)

3.   Select one course from the following  (3 units):

POL 336.        Theories of International Relations (3)

POL 370.        Public Opinion and Propaganda (3)

POL 371.        Conflict, Violence, and Nonviolence (3)

4.   Select one course from the following (3 units):

BIO 370.         Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3)

SOC 304.        Computer Applications
in the Social Sciences (3)

Minor in Behavioral Science (15 units)

A.  Upper Division Required Course  (3 units)

BEH 490.      Seminar in Behavioral Science (3)


B.  Select four courses from the following (12 units).  One course in each of the core disciplines of the behavioral sciences: anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology. However, students with a major in anthropology, political science, psychology or sociology are to select the four courses from the disciplines other than their major.

ANT 310.     Culture and Personality:  Logical Anthropology (3)

ANT 312.     Language and Culture (3)

ANT 335.     Comparative Cultures (3)

ANT 388.     Anthropological Theories of Behavior (3)

POL 336.      Theories of International Relations (3)

POL 370.      Public Opinion and Propaganda (3)

POL 371.      Conflict, Violence, and Nonviolence (3)

PSY 305.       History and Systems of Psychology (3)

PSY 340.       Social Psychology:  Psychological Perspective (3)

PSY 350.       Child Psychology (3)

PSY 360.       Theories of Personality (3)

PSY 363.       The Abnormal Personality (3)

SOC 311.      Social Organization (3)

SOC 340.      Social Psychology:  Sociological Perspective (3)

SOC 355.      Modern Sociological Theories (3)

SOC 365.      Deviant Behavior (3)


Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  Departments may indicate the term in which they expect to offer the course by the use of:  “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” (every other year).


Upper Division

BEH 490   Seminar in Behavioral Science (3) FS.

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. 

A seminar designed to integrate previous course work by approaching selected problems from the perspective of the various behavioral sciences.  Preparation of seminar paper.  Three hours of seminar
per week.