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Advanced Scientific Analysis Minor

Success in a global community hinges on scientific literacy, which is the capacity to identify questions, utilize scientific methodologies, and draw evidence-based conclusions in order to make informed decisions about issues and problems that arise in everyday life. The minor in Advanced Scientific Analysis is designed to help students better understand their role in the scientific enterprise, both as consumers of information in the public arena and as researchers who generate that knowledge. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in behavioral science, natural science, or social science fields are encouraged to complete this program.


The Advanced Scientific Analysis minor requires a minimum of 28 credit hours. 

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester.

BSCI 109: Scientific Writing
1 credit hours

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.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit 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 credit 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 credit hours

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

BSCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
3 credit 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 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
3 credit 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 with Thesis II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L, 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

BSCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L. Co-requisite: BSCI 435-L. CCPS-CRIM 102, BSCI 274, plus 3 additional hours in criminology. 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 credit hours

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

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

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

Choose one (3 hrs.): 

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to provide a general theoretical understanding of crime problems in the United States. The basic sources of crime, the justice machinery and society’s reaction to crime are examined.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

It is essential that students complete BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, and BSCI 275-L before taking BSCI 359.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in BSCI 308, BSCI 435, BSCI 435-L, BSCI 475, and BSCI 475-L to earn the minor in Advanced Scientific Analysis.

Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 359 will be removed from the BSCI 359/361 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.