About the CCPS Associate of Science in Behavioral Science
The Associate of Science in Behavioral Science is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to examine behavior through the insights provided by psychology, sociology, and criminology. Psychology is the scientific study of how people think and behave, and psychologists study everything about human experience from the workings of the brain to consciousness, memory, moral reasoning, and language. Sociology provides valuable insights into social factors that affect how institutions and organizations operate, to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class. Criminology, which has a historically strong sociology influence, examines the psychological, environmental, and biological causes of criminal behavior, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and how crime can be prevented.
Depending on professional interests, students may concentrate their elective coursework in a particular discipline, if desired.
Associate of Science in Behavioral Science
The Associate of Science in Behavioral Science required a minimum of 24 credit hours.
All required courses can be completed online.
Survey Courses (6 hrs.)
A survey course designed to familiarize students with the American system of criminal justice, theories of crime causation, and society’s response to crime. The course provides a general overview of the agencies responsible for the administration of justice by examining the history, structure, and functions of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.
This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.
This introductory course provides a broad-based overview of the field of sociology. Attention is given to the ways in which social factors affect how institutions and organizations operate, to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, social class, and geographical space.
Scientific Core (6 hrs.)
Prerequisite: PSYC 120, SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. 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.
Prerequisites: CRIM 120, PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 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).
Elective Courses (12 hrs.)
Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120. 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.
This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations, and groups.
Analysis of major perspectives on victimization. Emphasis is on the role of the victim in the generation of crime, experience of the victim in the criminal justice system and on patterns of victimization.
This course provides a basic overview of the theoretical frameworks and techniques used in forensic science. The focus will be on the history and development of the field and subfields of forensic science, crime scene analysis, and methodologies utilized for collection and interpretation of crime scene data.
The study of the family as a dynamic social institution. Students will examine family structures and socialization processes within multicultural and socio-historical contexts, including patterns of role behaviors, division of labor, decision-making and the life cycle.
This course applies the sociological perspective to an examination of major global social problems, such as race and ethnic conflict, war, public health, poverty, population, and environmental issues. This includes a focus on how famine and endemic hunger are socially defined; the global political, economic, and cultural context in which each emerge; and how this context shapes responses to the problems in different countries where they exist.