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Behavioral Science - Psychology Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

The UVU Behavioral Science Department offers classes that fulfill the social science distribution requirements for graduation, the Behavioral Science pre-major for the associate degree, the Behavioral Science major for the bachelor degree (with an emphasis in Anthropology, Family Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (SUDC).

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0) (recommended)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended)   
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)**  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  PSY 1010   General Psychology (Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 19 Credits
Complete the following seven courses: 19
  ANTH 101G Social/Cultural Anthropology (3.0)  
  PSY 1010 General Psychology (3.0) (completed with GE requirements)  
  SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3.0)  
  FAMS 101G Contemporary Families (3.0)  
  SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work (3.0)  
  BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0)  
  BESC 3020 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 18 Credits
  General Elective Requirement (18 elective credits from any courses 1000 level or higher) 18
Emphasis Requirements:  39 Credits
Advanced Research Requirement - Complete one of the following courses:  3
  BESC 4040 Applied Behavioral Science Research (3.0)   
  BESC 4050 Clinical Research (3.0)   
  PSY 4010 Experimental Psychology (3.0)   
  PSY 4150 Tests and Measurements (3.0)   
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3.0)   
Social and Diversity Requirement  6
Complete the following course:   
  PSY 3500 Social Psychology (3.0)   
Complete one of the following courses:   
  ANTH 3700 Psychological Anthropology (3.0)   
  PSY 3100 Psychology of Gender (3.0)   
  PSY 3850 Psychology of Good and Evil (3.0)   
  PSY 4461 Moral Psychology (3.0)   
  SOC 3520 Environmental Sociology (3.0)   
Development Requirement  6
Complete one of the following course:   
  PSY 3200 Infancy and Childhood Development (3.0)   
  AUTS 3810 Autism Across the Lifespan I Infants and Children (3.0)  
Complete one of the following courses:   
  BESC 3550 Thanatology--Death and Dying (3.0)   
  PSY 3210 Adolescent Development (3.0)   
  PSY 3220 Adult Development (3.0)   
  AUTS 3820 Autism across the Lifespan II Teens and Adults (3.0)   
Personality and Clinical Requirement  9
Complete the following two courses:   
  PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology (3.0)   
  PSY 3460 Personality Theory (3.0)   
Complete one of the following course    
  BESC 380G Interviewing Skills (3.0)   
  PSY 3710 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3.0)   
  PSY 4300 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3.0)   
  PSY 4400 Introduction to Group Psychotherapy (3.0)   
  SUDC 4400 Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counseling (3.0)  
  AUTS 3850 Autism Assessment and Treatment (3.0)  
Interpersonal Relations Requirement - Complete two of the following courses:     6
  PSY 2250 Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (3.0)  
or PSY 2800 Human Sexuality (3.0)   
or AUTS 2500 Understanding the Autism Spectrum (3.0)  
  BESC 3420 Communication and Conflict (3.0)   
  FAMS 3250 Applied Parenting (3.0)   
  FAMS 3410 Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)   
  FAMS 4200 Advanced Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)   
  FAMS 4300 Family Dispute Resolution (3.0)   
  PSY 3510 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3.0)  
  SUDC 4300 Introduction to Substance Use Disorder Counseling (3.0)  
Cognitive Neuroscience Requirement - Complete two of the following courses: 6
  PSY 3420 Cognitive Psychology (3.0)   
  PSY 3430 Psychopharmacology (3.0)***   
or SUDC 3430 Psychopharmacology for the Substance Use Disorder Counseling Field (3.0)  
  PSY 3450 Physiological Psychology (3.0)***   
  PSY 3490 Sensation and Perception (4.0)  
General Psychology Requirement - Complete one of the following courses:  3
  PSY 2400 Positive Psychology (3.0)   
  PSY 3480 Principles of Learning (3.0)   
  PSY 4500 History and Systems of Psychology (3.0)   
  PSY 4690 Human Intelligence (3.0)  
  PSY 475R Current Topics in Psychology (1.0)   
  AUTS 4650 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (3.0)  
  SUDC 4720 Advanced Professional Development (3.0)  
Emphasis Elective Requirements:      9 Credits
  Behavioral Science Elective Requirement (3 courses / 9 credits) - In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete 9 credits of approved Behavioral Science electives. These courses must come from ANTH/AUTS/BESC/FAMS/PSY/SOC/SW and they can be 1000 level or higher. Students planning on taking PSY 3430 and/or PSY 3450 should take PSY 2710 to count towards part of this requirement. Please see your Behavioral Science advisor for a list of approved courses.  9

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation.
  3. Minimum 2.5 program GPA upon graduation.
  4. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. All major course work taken to meet Behavioral Science requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor for explanation of all program requirements, a list of recommended classes, and for assistance with creating an academic plan for graduation.

Note: If a student has completed an associate degree through another institution, the required general education courses may be waived.

Note: Students would need to pass ENGL 1010 and ENGL 2010 or 2020 with a C+ or higher as prerequisites for the Behavioral Science Bachelor degree courses.

Footnote
** Recommended if student is considering an MSW program.  
*** Completion of PSY 2710 or ZOOL 2320 and ZOOL 2420 is a prerequisite for PSY 3430 and PSY 3450, no exceptions to this requirement will be made.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MAT 1030 or MATH 1040* or MATH 1050 or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Intro to Statistics or College Algebra or College Algebra for Business 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
American Institution  3
Elective or Language  4
*Note: Recommended for BA/BS in Behavioral Science  
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
Elective or Language  4
Biological Science  3
SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
ANTH 101G Social/Cultural Anthropology 3
FAMS 101G Contemporary Families 3
Fine Arts  3
Physical Science  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science *CANNOT TAKE BIOL 1500 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
Humanities/Elective  3
BESC Elective  3
BESC Elective  3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
Interpersonal Req.  3
PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 3200 Infancy and Childhood Development 3
Elective/4cr. Language  2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
BESC 3020 Research Methods 3
Development Req.  3
Biological Req.  3
PSY 3460 Personality Theory 3
Elective/4cr. Language  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Advanced Research  3
Biological Req.  3
Personality/Clinical  3
General Psy Req.  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 3500 Social Psychology 3
BESC Elective  3
Social and Diversity  3
Interpersonal  3
Elective  2
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Behavioral Science

Location:

CB 207

Telephone:

801-863-6377

Email:

BESC_OFFICE@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/besc

Chair:

Cameron John

Chair Email

Cameron.John@uvu.edu

Assistant Chair:

Grace Chou

Assistant Chair Email

chougr@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The Behavioral Science department is a rigorous interdisciplinary program (Anthropology, Family Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Substance Use Disorder Counseling, and Autism Studies) that prepares students to make positive contributions in their academic, work, and community settings by developing their understanding of human functioning in various contexts. We promote and mentor student engagement with each other and with their academic, professional, or geographic communities in order to achieve essential learning outcomes.

 
 

Behavioral Science

Please see our department site for the most up to date and accurate information.

Advisors:

To find out who your assigned advisor is and schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.uvu.edu/besc/bescacademicadvising.html

  • TBD (last names Lf-Ri)
  • Telephone: 801-863-6377
  • Email:
  • Lori Duke
  • Telephone: 801-863-6718 (last names Rj-Z)
  • Email: dukelo@uvu.edu


Administrative Support:

Program Coordinators:


  • Bachelor of Social Work:
    Dr. Lars Eggertsen
  • Telephone: 801-863-6731
  • Email: larse@uvu.edu

  • Family Studies:
    Dr. Nathan Cottle
  • Telephone: 801-863-5105
  • Email: NCottle@uvu.edu
  • Sociology: Dr. Ron Hammond
  • Telephone: 801-863-7344
  • Email: RonH@uvu.edu

  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling:
    Dr. David Yells
  • Telephone: 801-863-8585
  • Email: David.Yells@uvu.edu

 

Programs/Degrees

Associate in Art or Science in Behavioral Science
Bachelor of Art or Science in Behavioral Science

  • Anthropology
  • Family Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Bachelor of Social Work
Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate of Proficiency
Autism Studies Minor
Autism Studies Certificate of Proficiency

 
 

Faculty

Christopher Anderson(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, B.S., Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University, Ph.D. (ABD) Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Francine Baffa(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., English, Cornell University; M.B.A., Iona College, M.S.W., New York University.

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Jeremy Boden(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University; Ph.D. (ABD), Human Development & Family Studies, Texas Tech University.

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Brett Breton(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



A.S., Aviation & Air Traffic Control, Mount San Antonio College; B.S., Psychology, M.S., Counseling & School Psychology, Ph.D., Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Teresa Cardon(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University; Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University.

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Debjani Chakravarty(2015)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.com, Accountancy & Business Economics, University of Calcutta; M.A., M.Phil., Sociology, University of Purdue; Ph.D., Gender Studies, Arizona State University.

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Grace Chou(2002)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, National Taiwan University; M.A., Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Riverside.

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Brandon Condie(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A. Economics, University of Utah; M.A., Counseling Psychology, Pacific University.

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Nathan Cottle(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Family Science and Human Development, M.S., Marriage, Family & Human Development, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas.

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Kristine Doty(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



A.A., General Studies, University of Maryland; B.S., Behavioral Science, Summa Cum Laude Faculty, M.S.W., Social Work, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah.

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Matthew Draper(2008)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; M.A., Counseling, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin.

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Lars Eggertsen(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Family Science, Brigham Young University; M.S.W., Loma Linda University; Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah.

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Ronald Hammond(1992)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Health Care Administration, Idaho State University; M.S., Health Science, Ph.D., Sociology/Family Studies, Brigham Young University.

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Jessica Hill(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, PhD., Developmental Psychology, Florida State University; M.A., Visual Cognition and Human Performance, University of Illinois.

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Cameron John(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Weber State University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Arizona.

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Patience Kabamba(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Centre Sevres Jesuit College; M.A., Developmental Studies, University of Natal Durban, So. Africa; Ph.D., Anthropology, Columbia University.

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David Knowlton(2002)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Anthropology, University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Texas.

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Claudia Lieberwirth(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Research Psychology, University of Michigan; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Florida State University.

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Alan Misbach(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; MWS, Social Work, University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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Julie Nelson(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Elementary Education & Early Childhood, Brigham Young University; M.A., Family & Human Development, Utah State University.

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Elijah Nielson(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Asian Studies, M.S.W., Brigham Young University; J.D., Ave Maria School of Law; L.L.M., Stratus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Ph.D., (ABD), Social Work, University of Utah.

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Barton Poulson(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; M.A., Psychology, Hunter College; M. Phil., Psychology, Ph.D., Social-Personality Psychology, The City University of New York.

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Grant Richards(1992)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Animal Science, M.S., Psychology, Ed.D., Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Leo Schlosnagle(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



A.S., Computer Science, Garrett College; B.A., Psychology, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Ph.D., Psychology, West Virginia University.

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Alexander Simon(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, M.A., Sociology, State University of New York, Albany; Ph.D., Sociology, Simon Fraser University.

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Anton Tolman(2006)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon.

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Jeffrey Torlina(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A. Sociology, Oakland University; Ph.D., Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Russell Warne(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University.

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David Yoder(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Anthropology/History, Weber State University; M.A., Anthropology, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Nevada.

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