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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Health

The B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health is designed to help students better understand the psychological, social, cultural, economic, and environmental circumstances that affect people’s chances for a healthy life. The major is multidisciplinary and includes coverage of health behavior, mental illness and addiction, social epidemiology, ethical issues, research methodologies and data analysis, community outreach strategies, and professional development opportunities.

The program prepares students to work with individuals, groups, and families in health behavior programs, mental health centers, social service agencies, wellness centers, research centers, and media organizations, as well as in city, state and national health departments. For students who are interested in becoming substance abuse counselors the Missouri Credentialing Board (MCB) gives credit for applicable degrees, which reduces other credentialing requirements for applicants. The MCB considers the B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health to be an applicable degree.

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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Health

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Health requires a minimum of 48 credit hours. 

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.

PSYC 110: Stress Management I
3 credit hours

The philosophy and comprehensive approach to stress reduction through the re-establishment and enhancement of the state of well-being.

PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 101. 
An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.

PSYC 240: Social Psychology
3 credit hours

This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations, and groups.

PSYC 314: Community Psychology
3 credit hours

Students will be introduced to the field of community psychology, which seeks to understand the relationship between environmental conditions and the health and psychosocial well-being of community members. This course will explore the various theoretical bases of community psychology. Special emphasis will be placed on experiential learning, as students will examine the social issues, social institutions, and other settings that influence their local community. Lastly, students will concentrate on the practice of community psychology, by increasing their awareness of organizations aimed at improving quality of life in their local community.

PSYC 330: Family and Domestic Violence
3 credit hours

Family and domestic violence is a form of antisocial behavior that occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate or harm the other. The cycle of violence, dominance and control are among the issues covered as well as the legal perspective as it relates to the abuse of family members. The legal perspective includes discussion of proactive arrest policies, restraining orders and anti-stalking legislation that have emerged across the United States.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 plus three additional hours in psychology. 
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification and treatment of behavior disorders.

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.

SOCI 316: Minority Groups
3 credit hours

Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
3 credit hours

This course is concerned with the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Major areas of investigation include the social facets of health and disease, the social behavior of healthcare personnel and people who utilize healthcare, and the social functions of health organizations and healthcare delivery systems. Will not satisfy biology major requirements.

CRIM 310: Child Abuse/Neglect
3 credit hours

This course will examine the different types of child abuse and child neglect, the different physical and behavioral signs of abuse/neglect and some of the causes. An in-depth look at the child abuse law and what happens in the juvenile justice system when a child is reported to have been abused or neglected.

PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
3 credit hours

This course explores the ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary medicine. It both inquires into a broad range of topics (abortion, euthanasia, health care costs, organ transplantation, etc.) and provides a thorough study of ethical theories that may be applied to address the dilemmas of modern medicine.

LDST 400: Grant Writing
3 credit hours

This course provides information, resources and hands-on exercises that cover aspects of identifying program/community needs, locating funding sources and programs, outlining a prospectus, writing a successful proposal and discussing the reasons proposals fail. The course also explores reading Requests for Proposals (RFP) and understanding the proposal review process. Emphasis is on understanding the grant process and preparing proposals for federal agencies and corporate and private foundations.

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

Prerequisite: PSYC 101SOCI 101, or CRIM 102. 
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 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 102PSYC 101, or SOCI 101 and a college-level math course. 
This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: senior standing, BSCI 200BSCI 274. Day-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 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.