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University Catalog

Behavioral Science Major (Bachelor of Science)

Vision Statement

The Behavioral Sciences cover the range of human experience, action, and processes from the individual to the global level. Behavioral Sciences are Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.

Mission Statement

The Behavioral Sciences explore the interrelationships of the individual, the group and community, social institutions, human biology and psychology. Our program’s mission is to provide the advanced skills, knowledge, and experiences needed by entry-level professionals in social work and human services, as well as to prepare our graduates to be able to pursue advanced degrees in the behavioral sciences.

Program Description

The Behavioral Science baccalaureate is a 120 credit (4 year) degree that is an integration of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. This major is designed for students interested in careers in the Community Behavioral Mental Health fields or pre-graduate studies in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or applied anthropology/psychology/sociology. For career planning, it is recommended students take a minor such as Criminal Justice or Education, or specialty courses such as the MHRT-C (social work) sequence.


Our Behavioral Sciences major is designed to provide a foundation for careers in social services, counseling, social work and rehabilitation. If a student is planning to do graduate studies, we recommend reviewing the requirements for particular graduate programs during the late sophomore/early junior year, in order to acquire the prerequisite competencies.

Program Goals

Major Goals for the Behavioral Sciences are as follows:

  1. Students will develop the capacity for critical reasoning; and become skilled at critically evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing through research and writing, using multiple sources of information about the human experience. Students will use critical reasoning to recognize assumptions underlying arguments; to construct valid arguments, and to create solutions to problems.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge competence in the disciplines of behavioral sciences through understanding of the historical development of the fields, and through mastery of theories, phenomena and concepts, research methodologies, and applications.
  3. Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills. Students will identify and solve quantitative problems in behavioral sciences, manage data, recognize and work with relationships among variables, and develop calculation skills.
  4. Students will apply knowledge competency through applying theory to explain phenomena and to analyze case studies; to apply research methodologies to problem solving and to the further development of critical reasoning.
  5. Students will demonstrate effective oral, written, and technological communication in the human sciences and in their professional careers.

Program Requirements 

CRN Course Name Credits
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOC 110 Introduction to Human Services & Community Mental Health 3 credits
SSC 340 Research Methods 3 credits
  Upper Level Anthropology Course 3 credits
  Upper Level Psychology Courses 6 credits
  Upper Level Sociology Course 3 credits
Select either PSY 497 or SSC 440 & SSC 441
PSY 497 Community Behavioral Health Internship (Capstone) 9 credits
SSC 440 Research Methods and Theory Seminar (Capstone I) 3 credits
SSC 441 Senior Research (Capstone II) 3 credits
Total 36+ credits

Required Support Courses

CRN Course Name Credits
SSC 241 Writing & Critical Analysis in Behavioral & Social Sciences* 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits

*Students may show evidence of competency by submitting evidence for writing skills 

Required Additional Credits

18 Additional credits required through one of the following 3 options:

  1. Complete a Minor (other than Behavioral Science)
  2. Complete Behavioral Community Health Services –MHRT-C Competencies
  3. Pre-graduate program studies in Anthropology, Sociology or Psychology.  Upper level electives (18 credits) in the discipline of concentration.

Techniques for Assessment

Students will be assessed both directly and indirectly. Students are to maintain a year-by-year portfolio of exemplars of their work. In the senior year, the portfolio will be reviewed by at least 2 Behavioral Sciences and/or Social Science faculty

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science, graduates must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit;
  2. Complete a minimum of 45 hours of upper level credits (300 or higher);
  3. Maintain a minimum, cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
  4. Complete program required courses with a grade of C or better

Required Experiential Work

Students will be expected to work within the campus and local communities. The extra-mural service learning experiences will be part of the senior evaluation, and constitute the citizenship and social responsibility requirements of the general education core.

Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
  General Education - Visual and Performing Arts 3 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 100 Intro to Human Sevices & Community Mental Health 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits
Total 16 Credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education Quantative Reasoning 3 credits
SSC 241 Writing & Critical Analysis in Behavioral & Social Sciences 3 credits
COM 200 Speech 3 credits
  MHRT/C or Minor Elective 3 credits
  General Education - Natural Science 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Coure Name Credits
  MHRT or Minor Elective 9 credits
  General Education - History 3 credits
  General Education - Foreign Languages 3 credits
  General Education - Literature 3 credits
Total 18 credits

Fall and Spring Semesters Junior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Upper-level ANT/SOC/PSY 6 credits
SSC 440 Research Methods and Theory Capstone I* 3 credits
  MHRT or Minor Electives 6 credits
Total 15 credits

*If not completing PSY 497 Community Behavioral Health Internship

Fall and Spring Semesters Senior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
SSC 441 Senior Research OR  
    PSY 497     Community Behavioral Health Internship (Capstone) 3-9 credits
  MHRT or Minor Electives 6-12 credits
  ANT/PSY/SOC Upper-level electives 6-12 credits
Total 24-36 credits

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community (MHRT/C) Concentration

“The MHRT/Community Certificate meets the MaineCare “other qualified mental health professional” requirement for providing specific services to adults. Those services include community integration, intensive case management, assertive community treatment, skills development, day support services and family psycho-education as outlined in Chapter II, Sections 17 and 65 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual.”  * Copied from the procedural guidelines from Office of Adult Mental Health Services

Required Courses for MHRT/C Certification

  1. ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology or SOC 101 Social Problems (Cultural Competence/Diversity)
  2. SOC 110 Introduction to Human Services and Community Mental Health
  3. PSY 221 Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  4. PSY 232 Incest and Sexual Abuse
  5. PSY 246 Vocational Aspects of Disability
  6. PSY 270 Case Management
  7. PSY 330 Interviewing and Counseling
  8. PSY 332 Substance Abuse Counseling
  9. PSY 344 Crisis Identification and Intervention
  10. PSY 412 Adulthood and Aging