Behavioral Sciences

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Behavioral Sciences provides students with an advanced study of human behavior and the skills necessary to develop and implement specialized and comprehensive behavioral health and social services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, substance use disorders and addiction, trauma, developmental disabilities, comorbid medical conditions, and challenging behaviors.

The Bachelor of Science degree is intended to meet the academic requirements for the Registered Behavior Technician and other micro-certifications. It is also intended to meet the qualifications for the Licensed Substance Abuse Technician through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Foundations of Behavioral Sciences and Advanced Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Behavioral Sciences are also available and embedded within this degree.

Details

Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Academic Plan
Behavioral Sciences (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
9300
Total credits required
120
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Compose academic and professional materials as well as clinical documentation utilizing advanced writing and communication skills.
  2. Develop therapeutic alliances utilizing interpersonal, communication, critical thinking, and microcounseling skills.
  3. Synthesize theories, knowledge, and skills through a critical examination of literature and research to address diverse behavioral health needs using evidence-based practice.
  4. Develop a code of ethics and behavior consistent with legal and professional standards and requirements.
  5. Evaluate patients’ diverse needs through an understanding of health, wellness, and psychopathology within and across cultures.
  6. Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to meet individual, family, and community needs in a variety of behavioral health and social service settings.
  7. Compare and contrast approaches to trauma and recovery with an emphasis on fostering health, wellness, and resilience.

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

Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

$49,430

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

$38,590

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$57,860

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

$48,930

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
  • Psychiatrists
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

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 FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

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

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

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 and Well-Being Critical course SB 3
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
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review OR Higher level course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

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 Trauma-Informed Care and Recovery Treatment SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 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
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230 or
COM263
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication Recommend COM225 SB or L or C, G, SB 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area. L 3
RE 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
BHS210 Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention 3
BHS215 Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy 3
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology SQ 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Recommend HCR210.
HU 3
GE General Elective 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 1
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. HU 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics CS 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
SQ or SG Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS300 Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 4
BHS310 Fundamentals of Family Systems Counseling 3
BHS320 Behavioral Development Across the Lifespan 3
BHS340 Psychopathology Across Cultures 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS385 Multicultural Approaches to Behavioral Health Care 3
BHS400 Biological and Environmental Bases of Behavior 3
BHS410 Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders 3
GE General Elective 3
GE General Elective 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS420 Relational Approach to Trauma 3
BHS430 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
BHS490 Advanced Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 2
GE General Elective 3
GE General Elective 3
GE General Elective 2

Restricted Electives

Complete six (6) credits from the following prefixes. Selected courses will not apply in both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas. Students should consult with their college’s Program Director or their faculty or academic advisor to select courses that best align with academic and professional goals.
A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD+++ Any ASD Addictions and Substance Use Disorders course(s) 3
BHS+++ Any BHS Behavioral Health Services Technology course(s) 3
PSY+++ Any PSY Psychology course(s) 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

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
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

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 and Well-Being Critical course SB 3
BHS160 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service Critical course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS165 Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review OR Higher level course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS170 Case Management and Clinical Documentation 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS175 Trauma-Informed Care and Recovery Treatment SB 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230 or
COM263
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication Recommend COM225 SB or L or C, G, SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS180 Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy 3
BHS185 Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health C 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
RE 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
BHS210 Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area. L 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS215 Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy 3
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology SQ 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GE General Elective 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Recommend HCR210.
HU 3

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 1
GE General Elective 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics CS 3

Term 12

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 12
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS300 Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 4
GE General Elective 3

Term 13

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 13
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS310 Fundamentals of Family Systems Counseling 3
SQ or SG Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area 4

Term 14

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 14
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS320 Behavioral Development Across the Lifespan 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. HU 3

Term 15

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 15
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS340 Psychopathology Across Cultures 3
GE General Elective 3

Term 16

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 16
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS385 Multicultural Approaches to Behavioral Health Care 3
BHS400 Biological and Environmental Bases of Behavior 3

Term 17

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 17
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS410 Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders 3
BHS420 Relational Approach to Trauma 3
GE General Elective 3

Term 18

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 18
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS430 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
BHS490 Advanced Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 2
GE General Elective 2

Restricted Electives

Complete six (6) credits from the following prefixes. Selected courses will not apply in both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas. Students should consult with their college’s Program Director or their faculty or academic advisor to select courses that best align with academic and professional goals.
A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD+++ Any ASD Addictions and Substance Use Disorders course(s) 3
BHS+++ Any BHS Behavioral Health Services Technology course(s) 3
PSY+++ Any PSY Psychology course(s) 3

General Electives

Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 120 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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 in all courses 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 Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=175103).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.