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Behavioral Science - Sociology 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 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)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  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:  27 Credits
Sociology of the Family Requirement- Complete the following course: 3
  SOC 1200 Sociology of the Family (3.0)  
Lower Division Sociology Requirement - Complete two of the following courses: 6
  SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems (3.0)  
  SOC 2370 Gender Roles (3.0)  
  SOC 275R Survey of Current Topics (1.0)  
Sociology Theory Requirement - Complete the following two courses:   
  SOC 3000 Contemporary Social Theory 3
  SOC 3310 Classical Social Theory 3
Upper Division Sociology Requirement - Complete four of the following courses: 12
  SOC 320G Race and Minority Relations (3.0)  
  SOC 3400 Sociology of Religion (3.0)  
  SOC 3430 Sociology of Education (3.0)  
  SOC 3520 Environmental Sociology (3.0)  
  SOC 3460 Political Sociology (3.0)  
  SOC 3510 Sociology of Work and Occupations (3.0)  
  SOC 3560 Sociology of Deviance (3.0)  
  SOC 3700 Social Inequality (3.0)  
  SOC 375G Sociology of Aging (3.0)  
  SOC 3800 Animals and Society (3.0)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3.0)  
  SOC 4400 Social Change (3.0)  
  SOC 475R Current Topics in Sociology (1.0)  
  SOC 490R Independent Studies (1.0)  
Advanced Research Requirement - Complete one of the following courses:  3
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3.0)  
  BESC 4040 Applied Behavioral Science Research (3.0)  
  ANTH 3850 Ethnographic Methods (3.0)  
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 18 Credits
  Behavioral Science electives (6 courses /18 credits). In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete 18 credits of approved Behavioral Science electives, 12 credits must be upper-division and they can come from ANTH/AUT/BESC/FAMS/PSY/SOC/SW. Please see a Behavioral Science advisor for a list of approved courses. 18

  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.

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.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MAT 1030 or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040* or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 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 2010 or 2020 Intermediate Writing 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 1200 Sociology of the Family 3
Elective or Language  4
Biological Science *CANNOT TAKE BIOL 1500 3
SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work 3
  Semester total: 19
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Valued 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
  Semester total: 11
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
LD SOC Req.  3
SOC 3310 Classical Social Theory ** FALL ONLY 3
UD SOC  3
Elective/4cr. Language  2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
BESC 3020 Research Methods 3
LD SOC Req.  3
SOC 3000 Contemporary Social Theory **SPRING ONLY 3
UD SOC  3
Elective/4cr. Language  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Advanced Research  3
UD SOC  3
UD BESC ELECTIVE  3
BESC ELECTIVE  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
UD SOC  3
UD BESC ELECTIVE  3
UD BESC ELECTIVE  3
UD BESC ELECTIVE  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, and Substance Use Disorder Counseling) 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

  • April Kirk 
  • Family Studies (last names A-R)
  • Telephone: 801-863-5347
  • Email: April.Kirk@uvu.edu
  • Bryan Walker
  • Family Studies (last names S-Z)
  • Psychology (last names Q-Z)
  • Telephone: 801-863-5891
  • Email: BWalker@uvu.edu
  • Cindy Lau
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Associate in Behavioral Science
  • Telephone: 801-863-8120
  • Email: Cindy.Lau@uvu.edu
  • Kaye Fugal
  • Psychology (last names H-P)
  • Telephone: 801-863-8073
  • Email: fugalkay@uvu.edu
  • Lori Duke
  • Anthropology (all)
  • Psychology (last names A-G)
  • Telephone: 801-863-6718
  • Email: dukelo@uvu.edu
  • Sarah Lindsey
  • Sociology
  • Telephone: 801-863-5717
  • Email: SarahL@uvu.edu

Administrative Support:

Program Coordinators:

  • Anthropology: Patience Kabamba
  • Telephone: 801-863-5329
  • Email: PKabamba@uvu.edu
  • Master of Social Work: Lars Eggertsen
  • Telephone: 801-863-6731
  • Email: larse@uvu.edu
  • Family Studies: Dr. Nathan Cottle
  • Telephone: 801-863-5105
  • Email: NCottle@uvu.edu
  • Sociology: TBA
  • Telephone: 801-863-7344
  • Email:
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling: TBA
  • Telephone: 801-863-8585
  • Email:

 

Programs/Degrees

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

  • Anthropology
  • Family Studies
  • Sociology

Bachelor of Psychology
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work
Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate of Proficiency

 
 

Faculty

Christopher Anderson(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, B.S., Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young 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., 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: Center for Autism
Director

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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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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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

Department: Social Work Graduate Studies

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

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

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, Ph.D., 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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Martin McDonell(2017)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Dan Diego State University; M.S.W., California State University-Long Beach; Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah.

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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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Angelea Panos(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, M.S.W., Mental & Occupational Health, University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

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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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James Taylor(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, University of Utah; M.S., Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University.

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Anton Tolman(2006)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, University of Denver; M.A., Psychology, 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)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



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

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Lashawn Williams-Schultz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, Duke University; M.P.A., Criminal Justice, M.S.W., Marywood University; Ph.D., (ABD), Health Professions Education, College of Saint Mary.

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