Behavioral Sciences Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
BSCI 109: Scientific Writing. 1 hour.

This course introduces students to professional writing styles used in the behavioral sciences, emphasizing the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. The course is also designed to familiarize students with library databases used to conduct empirical literature reviews.

200 Level Courses
BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. 
Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.  Co-requisite:  BSCI 275-L. 
This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential techniques behavioral scientists use to help guide decision?making. Emphasis is given to hypothesis testing, to include coverage of t?tests, one?way ANOVA, regression, and correlation, as well as APA?formatting issues.

BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 1 hour.

Co-requisite:  BSCI 275. 
A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. SPSS basics are emphasized.

BSCI 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

BSCI 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
BSCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods. 3 hours.

This course exposes students to the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting and analyzing data using various qualitative methodologies to include ethnographic, grounded, observational and content analysis methods. Special emphasis will be given to the students’ understanding of various methodological challenges, the standards of scientific evidence, issues of generalizability and ethics. 

BSCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.

Designed as an exploration of contemporary moral issues and as an introduction to research ethics, this course examines philosophy-based ethical theories and encourages their application in case studies derived from an array of disciplines. A segment of the course is exclusively devoted to applications in scientific endeavors. Students are required to obtain National Institutes of Health certification to conduct research with human participants.

BSCI 343: Fundamentals of Research. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BSCI 359. 
This course is intended for students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 361. Students enrolled will write a review of literature and complete an original research project. This involves designing methodology, conducting a study, ensuring ethical protection of human participants, analyzing and interpreting data, generating an original research report and delivering a formal presentation.

BSCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BSCI 109BSCI 200BSCI 275BSCI 275-L. 
Students enrolled in this course complete the initial stages of an original, team-based research project to include conducting and writing a literature review, devising a research design strategy and applying ethical protection of human participants. It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I. Course fee required.

BSCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  BSCI 359. 
As a continuation of Advanced Behavioral Research I, students enrolled in this course complete their original, team-based research project. This involves conducting the study, data analysis, reporting the findings in the context of a scientific paper and delivering a formal presentation of the research. Course fee required. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience. 3 hours.

Internships are designed to help students better understand the connection between theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to learn more about expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior status and a GPA of 2.50 or better to be eligible for internships. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

BSCI 397, 398, 497, 498 : Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
BSCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  BSCI 109BSCI 200BSCI 275BSCI 275-L. Co-requisite:  BSCI 435-L. 
An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. A laboratory period will include training in the construction, taking, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests.

BSCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory. 1 hour.

Co-requisite: BSCI 435. 
A laboratory to complement Psychological Tests and Measurements.

BSCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  BSCI 275 and BSCI 275-L. Co-requisite:  BSCI 475-L. 
This course provides an in?depth examination of inferential statistics used in behavioral sciences. Topics include analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multivariate techniques and non?parametric analyses.

BSCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 1 hour.

Co-requisite:  BSCI 475. 
A laboratory to complement Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

BSCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  BSCI 380. 
A second opportunity for students to connect theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to discuss expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior status and a GPA of 2.50 or better.

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  Senior standing, BSCI 109BSCI 200BSCI 275BSCI 275-L
This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting. Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.