Liberal Arts/Behavioral & Social Sciences
Associate of Science

Behavioral Science

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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Behavioral Science degree program is a course of study for students who intend to pursue a Bachelors Degree in one of the Behavioral Sciences (AnthropologyPsychology, or Sociology). It provides the foundation for an education in these disciplines, while also ensuring a more general education in the arts and sciences. To learn more about these areas of study click on their name.

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*This program is ending in 2020 and is no longer accepting students for this major.

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Quick Facts

Behavioral Science Quick Facts

Earning Potential
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The median pay for anthropologists and archaeologists in the United States was $61,220 in 2015. 

Career Forecast
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Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

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Sociology offers you a background in research design, data analysis, statistics, and sociological concepts. With this strong set of skills you can look for positions in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and other social science-oriented jobs.

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A Solid Foundation for a Bachelors in Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology


The requirements for this degree will allow students to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete their Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology without loss of credit or time.

Job market trends reveal continued high interest and opportunities in the Behavioral Sciences. This program provides students with the type of educational foundation that is necessary to achieve success in psychology, sociology, or anthropology.


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Behavioral Science Areas of Study

Areas of Study You Can Further Pursue with an Associate Degree in Behavioral Science

  • What are humans?
  • Where do you, as humans, come from, both biologically and geographically?
  • How does where you come from affect how you think, what you believe and how you act? 
  • Why are people in different places so different? And in what ways people are all the same? 

In anthropology courses at NVCC, you will learn the answers to these questions and more. You'll also get more than theory - you can “get your hands dirty” at the college’s on-campus archaeological site.

Your life will probably not be the same after taking a sociology course at NVCC as a result of the increased awareness that you will gain. Through these courses, you will learn how sociologists view the world, the events occurring in it and even individual and seemingly peculiar behavior. After learning about the sociological perspective, you will understand a lot more about your life and the lives of those around you.


A Window to the World - Past, Present and Future…

We offer a range of courses to prepare you to understand how and why people and countries interact with each other the way they do. Our courses will provide you with:

  • an excellent education - these are essential disciplines comprising a well-rounded general education curriculum.
  • maximum transferability - all courses offered in these areas are transferable to universities and colleges both in and out of the state.

A CSCU PathwayTransfer Degree in sociology is available.

Psychology is a scientific discipline that studies mental processes and behavior in humans and animals.

Even though it is one of the newest branches of science, psychology seeks to answer questions that have existed since the beginning of human history. Through the psychology courses offered at NVCC, you will gain an understanding of why people think, act and feel the way they do.

Because of an abundance of psychological issues in our everyday lives and the world at large, psychology provides a foundation of knowledge and a method of inquiry that benefits students who want to work in fields as far ranging as clinical and counseling settings, medicine, law, politics, education, and business.

The Mind Matters    

Developing an understanding of human thinking and behavior has never been more important and our Psychology faculty wants to help you unlock the mysteries of the human mind.

Psychology at NVCC is learning for the real world.  In our courses, you will develop the foundation you need to understand the self and others and develop the knowledge and experiences you will need to be successful in a wide range of personal and professional pursuits.  Relationships, parenting, education, mental health, working, leadership, service…the list of ways you can use your learning is practically endless.


Beyond the Classroom 

Psychology at NVCC is not just classroom theory or boring facts.  Our students have the opportunity to put their learning into action. Through the Psychology Club, you would have the opportunity to conduct meaningful research and make professional presentations at regional conferences.


For those who want to go further…

If you’re planning to earn a degree in psychology, then the behavioral science program is your best choice of major at NVCC. The behavioral science program is for students who intend to pursue a bachelor's degree in one of the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology). It will provide you with the foundation for an education in psychology, while also ensuring a more general education in the arts and sciences. With the behavioral science degree, you will be able to transfer easily to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your degree in psychology without loss of credit, time or money.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in Psychology is available.

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Academic & Transfer

This degree is intended for students who want to transfer to a four-year university and pursue bachelor's degrees in anthropology, psychology, or sociology. Courses will transfer even though other schools do not have a program with this name.

Career Paths

The Behavioral Science degree program is perfect for students who may be uncertain which behavioral science they would like to major in eventually - you will "sample" psychology, sociology and anthropology. Available career paths are:

  • Therapist or Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Education
  • Advocacy or Community Development

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