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Behavioural Science Program

Behavioural Science is the systematic study of human behaviour for the purpose of understanding and applying social scientific knowledge in both individual and social contexts. This is an interdisciplinary degree encompassing the disciplines of sociology and psychology. While the two sources of explanation: psychology examines how we individually perceive, develop within, and act upon the world, while sociology studies how groups and cultures create a complex social world and how that world then constrains them. Students will need to produce the results of a Criminal Record Check before being permitted to participate in practicum or internship experiences associated with the program.

Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Concentration (3 year – 90 credits)

The three-year Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Concentration focuses on building solid depth and breadth of understanding in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. Core to the BHS Concentration is a focus on developing knowledge and skill in research methods and data analysis, as well as expecting one term (3 credits) of practicum experience in experimental or applied areas within both disciplines. It also prepares students for entry-level positions in fields related to behavioural science and entrance into after-degree programs (e.g., nursing, education).

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will:

  • have a sound understanding of individual and group behaviour which will assist them in dealing with people professionally and personally;
  • be able to integrate knowledge of both the psychological and societal processes which bear upon human emotions, cognition and behaviour;
  • have an understanding of research methodology in the behavioural sciences, including constructing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research designs, analyzing and critiquing empirical results, and presenting clear outcomes and recommendations to appropriate audiences;
  • have a facility with current technology in the field of behavioural science (e.g., electronic databases, computer analysis software such as SPSS);
  • perceive human needs with empathy, develop ethically responsible attitudes toward social problems and, in particular, vulnerable populations in society, and be empowered to give voice to these issues in the public and professional arena;
  • be prepared to engage ethically with individuals from diverse backgrounds (i.e., racial, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual orientation) in a manner that maintains the dignity and respect for all people;
  • develop a Christian view of sociological and psychological processes in conjunction with scientific study;
  • be prepared to work with integrity and confidence in a variety of human service fields or continue on to graduate work or after-degree programs.

Career and Education Paths

The graduating student will:

  • be able to demonstrate a holistic understanding of critical, theoretical and applied domains within psychology and sociology as they contribute to ethical research and responsible practice in each discipline;
  • be prepared to obtain entry-level positions in fields related to the behavioural sciences, such as family and social services, human resources, mental health, or communication;
  • have the necessary academic preparation for the pursuit of after-degrees in areas such as nursing, education, and other related professional disciplines.

Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Concentration Program Requirements (90 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level 

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature 

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Behavioural Science (12 credits)
BHS 240 Research Methods
BHS 310 Quantitative Methods for Behavioural Science
BHS 320 Practicum 1
BHS 400 Seminar in Behavioural Science

Psychology (9 credits)
PS 121 Introduction to Psychology
PS 250 Social Psychology
PS 300 Personality

Sociology (9 credits)
SO 121 Principles of Sociology
SO 220 Social Problems
SO 310 Classical Social Theory

Psychology/Sociology Electives (6 credits)
Electives
To meet senior level requirements of the program, 12 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level
     Arts and Science Electives (6 credits)
     Open Electives (21 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline (PS/SO combined)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in BHS/PS/SO courses combined
     

Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Major (4 year – 120 credits)   

The four-year Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Major focuses on building significant depth and breadth of understanding in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. Core to the BHS Major is a focus on developing knowledge and skill in research methods and data analysis, as well as allowing for two terms of practicum experience (6 credits) in experimental or applied areas within one or both disciplines. Students are able to specialize in several key areas in behavioural science, including Cognitive Studies, Culture and Society, Family and Development, Human Development, Religion and Social Science, Criminology and Aberrant Behaviours, and Health and Helping. It also prepares the student for advanced positions in fields related to behavioural science and entrance into academic graduate programs. Students intending to attend graduate school should consult the Program Chair early in their studies.

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will:

  • have a sound understanding of individual and group behaviour which will assist them in dealing with people professionally and personally;
  • be able to integrate knowledge of both the psychological and societal processes which bear upon human emotions, cognition and behaviour;
  • understand research methodology in the behavioural sciences, including constructing and implementing research designs, analyzing and critiquing empirical results, and presenting clear outcomes and recommendations to appropriate audiences;
  • have a facility with current technology in the field of behavioural science (e.g., electronic databases, computer analysis software such as SPSS);
  • perceive human needs with empathy, develop ethically responsible attitudes toward social problems and, in particular, vulnerable populations in society, and be empowered to give voice to these issues in the public and professional arena;
  • be prepared to engage ethically with individuals from diverse backgrounds (i.e., racial, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual orientation) in a manner that maintains the dignity and respect for all people;
  • develop a Christian view of sociological and psychological processes in conjunction with scientific study;
  • be prepared to work with integrity and confidence in a variety of human service fields or continue on to graduate work or after-degree programs.

Career and Education Paths

The graduating student will:

  • be able to demonstrate a holistic understanding of critical theoretical and applied domains within psychology and sociology as they contribute to ethical research and responsible practice in each discipline;
  • be prepared to seek employment in fields related to the behavioural sciences, such as family and social services, human resources, mental health, or communication;
  • have the necessary academic preparation for the pursuit of graduate studies in the humanities, education, psychology, sociology, theology, or other fields related to behavioural science.

Bachelor of Arts: Behavioural Science Major Program Requirements (120 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level 

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature 

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses 

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History 

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy 

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Behavioural Science (15 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
BHS 240 Research Methods
BHS 310 Quantitative Methods for Behavioural Science
BHS 400 Seminar in Behavioural Science
BHS 410 Basic Multivariate Statistics or BHS311/PS311 Qualitative Research

Psychology (9 credits)
PS 121 Introduction to Psychology
PS 250 Social Psychology
PS 300 Personality 

Sociology (9 credits)
SO 121 Principles of Sociology
SO 220 Social Problems
SO 310 Classical Social Theory

Psychology and Sociology Electives by Career Domain (30 credits)
One full stream plus 3 additional courses, each chosen from three different streams:

Careers in Education
(i.e., Teacher; Teaching assistant; BEd, MEd/MSc Educational Psychology or School and Applied psychology)
Note: Applied psychology graduate programs prefer student to have 63 credits in psychology. Please meet with your faculty advisor for course choices.

Required:
PS 220 Child Development or PS 230 Youth Development
SO 240 Sociology of Education
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 200 Sociology of Families
SO 300 Ethnic relations
SO 301 Sociology of Youth
PS 320 Developmental Psychopathology
PS 310 Motivation and Emotion
PS 333 Play therapy I
PS 350 Cognitive Psychology
PS 430 Social Development: Child, Family, School, Community
PS 342 Culture and Psychology
 

Careers for Counseling Field
(i.e., Graduate programs are required: MC, MEd, MA and MSc in Counseling, MSW, Guidance Counsellor, Addictions Counsellor, Mental Health Worker, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Mediator)
Note: Applied psychology graduate programs prefer student to have 21 half courses in psychology. Please meet with your faculty advisor for course choices.

Required:
PS 420 Introduction to Counseling
SO 200 Sociology of Families or SO 325 Sociology of Deviance
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
PS 220 Child Development or PS 230 Youth Development or PS 240 Adult Development
PS 270 Introduction to Neuroscience
SO 300 Ethnic Relations
PS 320 Developmental Psychopathology or PS 285 Abnormal Psychology
PS 350 Cognitive Psychology or PS 310 Motivation and Emotion
PS 342 Culture and Psychology
SO 307 Sociology of Health
PS 400 Narrative Psychology
PS 336 Health Psychology
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology
 

Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice
(i.e., policing, corrections, MA in Sociology, Probation Officer, Forensics Worker, Child and Youth Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Paralegal, Surveillance Officer, Victims Advocate)

Required:
SO 203 Introduction to Criminology
PS 285 Abnormal Psychology
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 303 Sociology of Youth Crime and Deviance
SO 325 Sociology of Deviance
PS 320 Developmental Psychopathology or PS 285 Abnormal Psychology
PS 450 Forensic Psychology
SO 401 Sociology of Law
SO 402 Human Trafficking
SO 403 Global Criminology
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology
 

Careers in Child and Youth Work
(i.e. Child and youth care, Community Outreach Worker, Child Welfare Worker, MEd School and Applied Psychology, MSc School and Applied Psychology, MSW)

Required:
PS 220 Child Development or PS 230 Adolescent Development
SO 301 Sociology of Youth
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 203 Introduction to Criminology
SO 303 Youth Crime and Deviance
PS 306 Basic Skills and Practice for Working with Individuals who are Vulnerable and Homeless
PS 320 Developmental Psychopathology
SO 200 Sociology of Families
SO 240 Sociology of Education
SO 325 Sociology of Deviance
PS 354 Culture and Human Development
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology

Careers Supporting Vulnerable Populations: Intervention, Prevention and Policy (Homelessness, Poverty, Addictions)
(i.e., Front Line worker, Shelter Work, MA in Counselling; MSW Community; MSW Clinical, Community Worker, Social Policy Researcher, Non-profit Administrator, Lobbyist, Political Advisor/Analyst)
Note: Courses can be used towards Community development minor

Required:
BHS 350 Poverty in Western Society
BHS 450 Social Policy and Government
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 203 Introduction into Criminology
SO 206 Sociology of Gender
SO 300 Ethnic Relations
PS 306 Basic Skills for Working with Individuals who are vulnerable and Homeless
PS 307 Psychological Impacts of Poverty
SO 307 Sociology of Health
PS 441 Drugs and Behaviour
BHS 330 Psychology, Theology, and Indigenous Thinking
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology
 

Careers working with Racially Diverse Populations
(Settlement Worker, Immigration Officer, competence beneficial for working in all applied fields)

Required:
SO 300 Ethnic Relations
PS 342 Culture and Psychology
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 207 307 Sociology of Health
SO 240 Sociology of Education"
SO 303 The Sociology of Youth Crime and Deviance
BHS 330 Psychology, Theology, and Indigenous Thinking
BHS 229 Indigenous Ways of Knowing I
BHS 329 Indigenous Ways of Knowing II
PS 346 Language, Culture and Communication
PS 354 Culture and Human Development
PS 402 Psychology of Immigration
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology
 

Careers in Chaplaincy
(A graduate certificate in Spiritual Care, can be embedded in a seminary program (i.e., Masters of Divinity or Masters in Leadership and Ministry).
Note: students will need to take a minor in Christian Studies

Required
PS 285 Abnormal Psychology or PS 320 Developmental Psychopathology
SO 320 Sociology of Religion
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 206 Sociology of Gender
SO 300 Ethnic Relations
SO 307 Sociology of Health
SO 340 Religion and Culture in Canada
PS 420 Introduction to Counselling
PS 220 Child Development or PS 230 Adolescent Development or PS 240 Adult Development
PS 336 Health Psychology
PS 400 Narrative Psychology
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology
 

Careers in Church and Denominational Settings
(i.e., any church-related position; parachurch settings; denominational contexts; Masters of Divinity; MA in Sociology)

Required:
SO 320 Sociology of Religion
PS 344 Psychology of Religion
BHS 320 Field Practicum 1 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)
BHS 420 Field Practicum 2 in Related Field (One related elective if practicum already completed)

Three from the following:
SO 200 Sociology of Families
PS 305 Psychology of Family
PS 310 Motivation and Emotion
SO 340 Religion and Culture in Canada
PS 344 Psychology of Religion
PS 342 Culture and Psychology
PS 345 Interpersonal Relations
SO 480 Internship with Flourishing Congregations Institute
SO 410 Religious Diversity in North America
Related special topics courses in Psychology or Sociology
 

Electives
To meet senior level requirements in the program, 15 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.
    Arts and Science or Open Electives (30 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 72 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 72 credits taken in any one discipline (PS/SO combined)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in BHS/PS/SO courses combined

 

Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta

Ambrose partners with Bow Valley College (BVC) to offer pathways for BVC students to use their Addictions Studies Diploma, Child and Youth Care Diploma, and Justice Studies Diploma towards our Behavioural Science degree. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.