Department of Behavioral Sciences

Sociology Major

The department of behavioral sciences focuses on the disciplines of psychology, criminology, sociology, behavioral neuroscience, and community health. These disciplines address different dimensions of human behavior that can be integrated to form a comprehensive understanding of our human experiences. A primary goal of the department is to help students function as effective, informed global citizens. To this end, the principles of human behavior are presented within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts educational program.

Sociology involves the systematic study of behavior in human social systems, varying from small groups to large societies. In addition to course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should complete the requirements to gain the department’s Recognition in Scientific Analysis.

Students should complete all 100- and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status). All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
BSCI 109: Scientific Writing
BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
SOCI 202: Global Social Problems
BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality
SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory
BSCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I 

(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. Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 359 will be removed from the Advanced Behavioral I and II course sequence.  Students will not be allowed to register for and/or audit BSCI 361 during the following spring semester.  Failing students must re-attempt the 359/361 sequence the following fall semester.)

BSCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II

(Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 361 must earn a passing grade in BSCI 343 in order to fulfill the university and department research requirement.  The final grade awarded in BSCI 343 shall not replace any prior grade earned in BSCI 361.)

BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience
BSCI 493: Senior Seminar

(Students enrolled in BSCI 493 are required to take a comprehensive examination over topics covered in the major as well as a nationally-normed exit exam.)

Choose two courses from the following electives:

SOCI 303: Animals and Society
SOCI 306: Social Movements
BSCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
ANTH 311: Issues in Community and Global Health
SOCI 316: Minority Groups
SOCI 320: Drugs and Society
CRIM 321: Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 325: Political Sociology
SOCI 330: Society and Culture in the Andes
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
BSCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 341: Homosexuality & Civil Liberties
BSCI 343: Fundamentals of Research
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood
SOCI 360: Community Studies
SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
BSCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
BSCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
BSCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
BSCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II
SOCI 390, 490: Selected Topics (1-3 credit hours)
SOCI 391, 392,491, 492: Research

Courses used as electives for one behavioral science major or minor (criminology, psychology or sociology) may not also satisfy elective requirements for another behavioral science major or minor.  Courses in the behavioral neuroscience minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor. Likewise, courses in the community health minor may be used as electives for the sociology major or minor.

Students majoring in sociology are required to complete at least six hours of course work in the natural sciences.

Choose one of the following options: 

Option I
Select six hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu or approved transfer equivalents

Option II
Select three hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu or approved transfer equivalents


Choose one course from the following:
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology