Behavioral Sciences

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Behavioral Sciences is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of human behavior and prepare them to assist, as part of a clinical team, in the care of individuals and families dealing with mental illness, addictions and substance use, trauma, developmental disabilities, comorbid medical conditions, and challenging behaviors. The program includes courses designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver specialized and comprehensive behavioral health and social services. This program is university-transferable and provides preparation for industry certifications and supervised field experience.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Behavioral Sciences (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3067
Total Credits Required
60-66
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Distinguish the role, function, and responsibilities of various mental health professions.
  2. Assess the comprehensive bio-psycho-social needs of diverse client populations in behavioral health and social service settings.
  3. Practice methods to resolve current symptoms and prevent future effects of burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue.
  4. Manage and prevent crisis/trauma situations while engaging in appropriate self care to promote professional resilience and personal safety.
  5. Manage individual cases as part of a multidisciplinary team, in a fashion that best serves the patient and simultaneously protects the practitioner.
  6. Develop, implement, and document treatment plans in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.
  7. Evaluate and practice evidence-based behavioral health interventions using assessment and outcome measures.
  8. Demonstrate ethical interpersonal and communication skills important in establishing and maintaining relationships.
  9. Assist clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders in their recovery.
  10. Apply the principles of trauma-informed care with diverse client populations.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

$62,250

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

$39,280

Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

$50,140

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

$37,660

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$85,600

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

$43,110

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Aides
  • Psychiatrists
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS150 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
BHS155 Professional Resiliency Against Traumatic Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention Critical course 1
BHS160 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service Critical course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course.
MAT14+ or MAT15+ recommended for those planning to transfer
3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS165 Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills 3
BHS170 Case Management and Clinical Documentation 3
BHS175 Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Focused Caregiving 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS180 Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy 3
BHS185 Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health C 3
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services Can be taken Term 3 or Term 4 0–1
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing ENG102 or ENG108 recommended for those planning to transfer FYC or L 3
Restricted Elective Restricted Elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services Can be taken Term 3 or Term 4 0–1
BHS210 Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention 3
BHS215 Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HCR210 recommended HU 3
Restricted Elective Restricted Elective 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative Recommend PSY275 OR BIO156 OR BIO160 OR (FON241 AND FON241LL) SG or SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS150 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS155 Professional Resiliency Against Traumatic Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention Critical course 1
BHS160 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service Critical course 3
BHS165 Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS170 Case Management and Clinical Documentation 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS175 Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Focused Caregiving 3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing ENG102 or ENG108 recommended for those planning to transfer FYC or L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HCR210 recommended HU 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course.
MAT14+ or MAT15+ recommended for those planning to transfer
3
BHS180 Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy 3
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 1

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
BHS185 Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health C 3
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS210 Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention 3
BHS215 Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy 3
Restricted Elective Restricted Elective 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Restricted Elective Restricted Elective 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative Recommend PSY275 OR BIO156 OR BIO160 OR (FON241 AND FON241LL) SG or SQ 4

Restricted Electives

Students must choose six (6) credits from one of the following areas of Emphasis:
 
Emphasis in Trauma and Crisis Stabilization
BHS230 Crisis and Trauma Stabilization
BHS235 Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery
 
Emphasis in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
BHS275 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
BHS272 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Interventions
CFS177 Parent-Child Interaction
CFS235 Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight
EED210 Creative and Cognitive Play
(If EED210 is selected, CFS235 will need to be selected unless another requisite option has been met)
 
Emphasis in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
ASD110 Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency
 
ASD245 Co-Occurring Disorders AND
ASD120 Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders OR
ASD145 AIDS and Addiction
 
BHS251 Harm Reduction in Addiction, Substance Use, and Social Services
 
Emphasis in Developmental Disabilities
BHS271 Developmental Disabilities Assistance Training
PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior
PSY243 The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities
 
Emphasis in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
PSY267 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
 
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice OR
AJS200 Current Issues In Criminal Justice OR
AJS225 Criminology
 
Emphasis in Mental Health
BHS235 Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery
BHS251 Harm Reduction in Addiction, Substance Use, and Social Services
BHS255 Health and Wellness Coaching in Professional Resiliency
BHS262 Behavioral Health Service Techniques for the Elderly
BHS266 Violence and Abuse Services
BHS269 Grief Support Techniques
BHS271 Developmental Disabilities Assistance Training
BHS272 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Interventions
BHS275 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
PSY266 Abnormal Psychology
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Behavioral Sciences (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=140029).


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