2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Division of Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Director: Shelly Hiatt

Faculty: Jerrold Barnett, Keely Cline, Sarah Creason, Elizabeth Dimmitt, Carla Edwards, Don Ehlers, Alisha Francis, , Cris Jacobson, Jackie Kibler, Lauren Leach-Steffens, Roger Neustadter, Jennifer Pratt-Hyatt, Kyoung-Ho Shin, Linda Sterling, Michele Veasey, Ryan Wessell


The Division of Behavioral Sciences focuses on Student Success in Career, Academics and Personal Development.


We will facilitate comprehensive professional student-centered and challenging learning within the university environment.


The Division of Behavioral Sciences values:

  • Critical thinking and scientific mentality
  • Professionalism and professional ethics
  • Student organizations and student research
  • Personal responsibility
  • Collegiality and professional networks

Degree Programs

Majors develop research and writing skills, problem solving and higher-order thinking ability related to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information. Majors find jobs in administrative support, public affairs, education, business, sales, helping professions, service industries, health, the biological sciences, and computer programming. Many work as employment counselors, corrections counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers, and writers.

General Psychology PSYC 08103 and General Sociology SOC 35101 may not be counted toward any Behavioral Sciences Major or Minor requirements. In addition, Behavioral Sciences Majors cannot use any Behavioral Sciences courses to fulfill both major and minor requirements. For courses that are common to both the major and minor, advisor approved and reasonable electives must be used to fill the minor requirement. Work closely with your advisor to assure that you are adhering to this policy.

Test out is not available for any course offered by the division.

Advanced Standing Requirement

For all undergraduate psychology degree programs

To achieve advanced standing and enroll in PSYC 08423 History and Systems, in majors requiring this class, a student must have:

  1. Senior Status
  2. An overall 2.5 GPA and a "C" or better in the following classes: MATH 17114 General Statistics, PSYC 08103 General Psychology or PSYC 08303 Educational Psychology, and PSYC 08234 Introduction to Psychological Experimentation.

Exit Requirement

All graduating seniors with the exception of biology/psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and Human Services majors must take the ACAT subject matter test and provide the department with test results prior to graduation approval.