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Social Work, B.S.W.

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

Matriculation Requirements:
Admission to the BSW program includes the following requirements:
  1. Completion of all general education courses.
  2. Completion of SW 1010 with a B- grade or higher.
  3. Completion of ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 and ENGL 2010 or 2020 with a C+ grade or higher.
  4. Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  5. Approval of the Social Work Admissions Committee. 
General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing   3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5.0)    
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics 3
or STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (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
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities 3
  Fine Arts 3
  PSY 1010 General Psychology (Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 64 Credits
Social Work Core - Complete the following courses:  
  BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
  BESC 3020 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3
  BESC 380G Interviewing Skills 3
  SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work 3
  SW 2100 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I * 3
  SW 3000 Social Work Practice I * 3
  SW 3100 Social Work Practice II * 3
  SW 3200 Social Work Practice III * 3
  SW 3400 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II * 3
  SW 3500 Social Welfare Policies and Services * 3
  SW 3600 Ethics and Values in Social Work Practice * 3
  SW 371G Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice * 3
  SW 4800 Integrated Seminar I * 1
  SW 481R Field Placement * (1.0) 5
  SW 481R Field Placement * (1.0) 5
  SW 4850 Integrated Seminar II * 1
Social Work Electives - Complete 15 credits of approved social work electives. Choose from the following courses: 15
  FAMS 3410 Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation (3.0)  
  BESC 3100 Career and Graduate School Preparation for Behavioral Science Majors (3.0)  
  BESC 4050 Clinical Research (3.0)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3.0)  
  PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology (3.0)  
  SW 3510 International Social Work (3.0)  
  SW 3750 Child Abuse/Neglect and Domestic Violence (3.0)  
  SW 4500 Crisis Intervention (3.0)  
  SW 4700 Case Management in Social Work Practice (3.0)  
  SW 475R Current Topics in Social Work (3.0)  
  SW 489R Advanced Research in Social Work   (1.0)  
  SW 490R Independent Studies (1.0)  
Elective Requirements: 21 Credits
  Complete 21 additional credits of any courses 1000 to 4000 level. 21

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits, 40 of which must be upper division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 credit hours earned in the last 45 credit hours.
  4. BSW Social Work Core requirements must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.
  5. All 15 credits of Social Work electives must be completed with a C- grade or higher.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor to make an academic plan and for an explanation of all admission and program requirements.

Footnote
* Students must be formally admitted into the BSW program before they can register for this course.

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 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
American Institutions  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work 3
Humanities  3
Biological Science  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Physical Science  3
Fine Arts  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science  3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  1
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
BESC 380G Interviewing Skills 4
SW 2100 HBSE I 3
SW 3600 Ethics and Values in Social Work Practice 3
SW Elective  3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
BESC 3020 Research Methods 3
SW 3000 Social Work Practice I 3
SW 3400 HBSE II 3
SW 371G Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice 3
SW 3500 Social Welfare Policies and Services 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
SW 3100 Social Work Practice II 3
SW 4800 Integrated Seminar I 2
SW 481R Field Placement I 3
SW Elective  3
SW Elective  3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
SW 3200 Social Work Practice III 3
SW 4850 Integrated Seminar II 2
SW 481R Field Placement II 3
SW Elective  3
SW Elective  3
  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 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

Administrative Support:

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

 

Program Coordinators:

  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling: Angela Panos
  • Telephone: 801-863-5240
  • Email: APanos@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 Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Social Work
Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate of Proficiency

 
 

Faculty

Lane B. Andelin(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, M.Ed., Counseling and Guidance, Ph.D., Psychology, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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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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Rachel Arocho(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



BS, Family, Consumer, and Human Deveopment, Utah State University, MS, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University, PhD, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State 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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Aymee Condie(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University, M.S., Social Work, Universit of Utah.

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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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John Dulin(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Social Work, Brigham Young University, M.A., Cultural Anthropology, M.S.c, Anthropology of Learning, London School of Economics & Political Science, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

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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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Julie Hanks(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, University of Utah, M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, University of Utah, PhD, Marriage & Family Therapy, University of Louisiana at Monroe,

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Jamie  Hansen(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Brigham Young University - Provo.

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Darryl R. Haslam(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Family Science, Brigham Young University, M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, Brigham Young University, PhD, Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Tech 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 Hopkin(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



BA, Psychology, California State University Northridge, BA, Communication Studies, California State University, Northridge, MA, Social Psychology, Duke University, PhD, Social Psychology, Duke Univeresity,

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Richard Hydo(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, University of Utah; M.B.A., Operations Management, Texas A&M University.

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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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Kristopher Kopp(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, M.A., Cognitive Psychology, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Northern Illinois University.

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Sara Lafkas(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, M.S.W, Social Work, University of Washington, Ed.D., Human Development, Harvard University.

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Andrew Madison(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



BA, Psychology, Oakland University, MS, Experimental Psychology, Central Michigan University,

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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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Megan Oka(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



BS, Marriage, Family & Humlan Development, Brigham Young University, MS, Marriage & Family Therapy, Brigham Young University, PhD, Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Tech University,

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Acacia Overoye(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego, M.Sc., Cognitive Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz, PhD (ABD), Cognitive Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz,

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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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Katelyn Peterson(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



BS, Psychology, Weber State University, MSW, 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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John Robbins(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee, M.S., Counseling & Human Systems, Ph.D., Marriage and the Family, Florida State 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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Jennifer Shubert(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



BS, Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University, MA, Psychology, University of Rochester, PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Rochester,

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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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Todd A. Spencer(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Family Studies, Weber State University, M.S., Marriage & Family Therapy, Oklahoma State University, PhD, Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State 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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