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Family Science, B.A.

Requirements

The Family Science program closely aligns with the requirements of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). [NCFR is the premier professional association in the family science field, and these standards require that students gain knowledge and expertise in ten key areas] and is an approved program for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 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)                                              
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0) (recommended)
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)
  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
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Third Science - Additional Biology of Physical Science 3
  Humanities (Fulfilled with Foreign Language 2020/202G course) 4
  Fine Arts 3
  FAMS 1150 Marriage and Relationship Skills 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 67 Credits
  FAMS 101G Contemporary Families (3.0) 3
  BESC 3020 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (3.0)  3
  Family Science Core Requirement - Complete the following courses:  
  FAMS 1100 Life Span Development in the Family 3
  FAMS 2705 Ethics for Family Interventions 3
  FAMS 2800 Teaching Human Sexuality 3
  FAMS 3250 Applied Parenting 3
  FAMS 3800 Early Development in Families 3
  FAMS 3850 Adult Development and Aging 3
  FAMS 4400 Family Policy 3
  FAMS 4500 Family Life Education Methodology 3
  FAMS 4660 Family Financial and Resource Management 3
  FAMS 4670 Family Dynamics and Systems 3
  FAMS 4680 Family Theory  3
Internship Requirement: 2
  FAMS 482R Strengthening Families Internship (1.0)  
  FAMS 481R Senior Internship (1.0)  
 or FAMS 483R Research Internship (1.0)  
Complete One of the following tracks: 26
  Career Track: Mediation/Social Service  
  Mediation Specialization  
  FAMS 3410 Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)  
  FAMS 4200 Advanced Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)  
  FAMS 4300 Family Dispute Resolution (3.0)  
  Social Service Worker  
  SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work (3.0)  
  SW 3000 Social Work Practice I (3.0)  
  SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems (3.0)  
  SW 3500 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3.0)  
  Electives: Students need to complete 8 hours of electives from the following courses: BESC, FAMS, ANTH, AUTS, PSY, SOC, SW.     
  Graduate School Track  
  PSY 1010 General Psychology (3.0)  
  BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0)  
  PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology (3.0)  
  FAMS 4700 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (3.0)  
  Complete one of the following courses:  
  FAMS 4040 Secondary Data Analysis (3.0)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3.0)  
  BESC 4040 Applied Behavioral Science Research (3.0)  
  Electives: Students need to complete 10 hours of electives from the following courses: BESC, FAMS, ANTH, AUTS, PSY, SOC, SW.  
Elective Requirements: 17 Credits
  Language Requirement (12 credits in the same foreign language, includes ASL) 12
  Any course numbered 1000 or higher 5

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum overall 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. For the BA degree, completion of 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents.
  7. 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 Introduction to Writing CC and ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Humanities Social Sciences CC  or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing Science and Technology CC with a C+ or higher for the Family Science degree courses.

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
Quantitative Literacy 3
FAMS 101G Contemporary Families 3
Elective Any course 1000 or higher 3
Language   4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
Track Course
  3
Fine Arts   3
Language   4
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
FAMS 1100 Life Span Development in the Family 3
FAMS 1150 Marriage and Relationship Skills (Take as GE) 3
Language   4
Physical Science   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology   3
American Institution   3
Language/Humanities   4
FAMS 2705 Ethics for Family Interventions 3
FAMS 2800 Teaching Human Sexuality  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science 2 nd Biology or 2 nd Physical Science 3
FAMS 3250 Applied Parenting 3
FAMS 3800 Early Development in Families 3
FAMS 4400 Family Policy 3
FAMS 4670 Family Dynamics and Systems 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
FAMS 3850 Adult Development and Aging 3
FAMS 4500 Family Life Education Methodology 3
Track Course   3
Track Course   3
BESC 3100 (BESC Elect) Career & Graduate School Preparation for BESC Majors 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
FAMS 4680 Family Theory 3
FAMS 482R Strengthening Families Internship 1
Track Course   3
Track Course   3
BESC 3020 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective Any course 1000 or higher 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
FAMS 481R or 483R Senior Internship or Senior Research 1
Track Course   3
FAMS 4660 Family Financial and Resource Management 3
FAMS 4600 (BESC Elect) Relationship Education Certification 3
Elective   2
  Semester total: 12
  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 Science, 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: Classroom Building, 5th floor, Suite 506

To  schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.uvu.edu/besc/bescacademicadvising.html or call 801-863-5717

  • April Kirk 
  • Family Science (last names A-R)
  • Telephone: 801-863-5347
  • Email: April.Kirk@uvu.edu
  • Cindy Lau
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Associate in Behavioral Science
  • Email: Cindy.Lau@uvu.edu
  • Lori Duke
  • Anthropology (all)
  • Psychology (last names A-G)
  • Email: dukelo@uvu.edu
  • Noelle Halasima
  • Family Science (last names S-Z)
  • Psychology (last names Q-Z)
  • Email: dukelo@uvu.edu

Administrative Support:

  • Penifea Norman, Admin III
  • Telephone: 801-863-8083
  • Email: pnorman@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 115

Program Coordinators:

  • 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
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling: TBA (contact advisor, Cindy Lau)
  • Telephone: 801-863-8120
  • Email: Cindy.Lau@uvu.edu

 

Programs/Degrees

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

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology

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

 
 

Faculty

Christopher Anderson(2014)

Assistant Professor

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)

Assistant Professor

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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Debjani Chakravarty(2015)

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



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

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Elizabeth Fawcett(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, M.S., Marriage & Family Therapy, Ph.D., Marriage, Family & Human Development, Brigham Young University - Provo.

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Ronald Hammond(1992)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



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

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Jessica Hill(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., 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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Claudia Jorgensen(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, B.S., Research Psychology, University of Michigan-Flint; Ph.D. Neuroscience, Florida State 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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Martin McDonell(2017)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, San 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



AA, Liberal Arts, Oakland Community College; 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; BA, Psychology, 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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