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 provide a general theoretical understanding of crime problems in the U.S. The basic sources of crime, the justice machinery and society’s reaction to crime are examined.
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.
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.
Scientific Core: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 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.
Prerequisites: CRIM 102, PSYC 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).
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 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.
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 examines major global social problems and applies the sociological perspectives in understanding the contemporary global social problems such as race and ethnic conflict, war, public health, poverty, population and environmental issues.