Behavioral Science (BSC)

BSC 220   Qualitative Research Methods   3 Units

A methodological course that will instruct students in the skill of participant observation and ethnographic reporting through the reading of a variety of ethnographies, collect primary field data, write descriptions, and provide an analysis of a selected community. The class includes a field component.

BSC 265   Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences   3 Units

This is an introductory course for students intending to do social science and education research that will address the basic principles of elementary statistics through the use of statistical analyses, including basic descriptive measures; sampling and sample size estimation; hypothesis testing; testing for differences between means, correlation, and measures of association; techniques for analyzing categorical data; and summarizing and presenting statistical results. A heavy emphasis will be placed on applications of basic statistical concepts to a wide variety of problems encountered in social, educational, and policy-related research, along with the use of computer packages for assisting in data analysis. Prerequisite: CMTH 101, MTH 201 or equivalent.

BSC 296   Introduction to Research Methods   3 Units

This is an experimental learning course in which research techniques and methodologies are studied by developing and carrying out a research project using the following steps: selection of research problems, research design, data collection and analysis, statistical computation, hypothesis testing, and theory building.

BSC 301   Topics in the Behavioral Sciences   3 Units

Through individual and group study of selected topics bringing together perspectives of anthropology, psychology, and sociology, this capstone course will emphasize the student's major in synthesis with other majors in the behavioral sciences. Prerequisites: Second-semester junior or senior standing, BSC 265 or MTH 265 and either BSC 220 or BSC 296.

BSC 318   Linguistics   3 Units

This course will study language as a fundamental component of human beings by examining the link between experience, culture, and language through the investigation of how language communicates, changes, and is used strategically to accomplish social ends.

BSC 381   Advanced Research Methods I   3 Units

This course will allow students in the behavioral sciences major to participate in advanced research with a faculty member but will not be offered regularly and will only be run as Independent Study. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

BSC 382   Advanced Research Methods II   3 Units

This course will allow students in the behavioral sciences major to participate in advanced research with a faculty member, but will not be offered regularly and will only be run as Independent Study. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

BSC 390   Practicum: Behavioral Science   3 Units

A practical experience outside the classroom this is directly related to the student's major, minor or professional program. It typically involves "hands-on" experience that is beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

BSC 490   Internship: Behavioral Science   8 Units

An intense practical experience outside the classroom that is integral part of a professional program. This may be either a part-time or a full-time experience that contributes significantly to the preparation of a student for entrance into a profession. Approximately 40 contact hours are required for each unit of credit. Each department may limited the maximum number of internship credit.

BSC 492   Capstone: The Good Society   3 Units

This course will examine the core liberal arts questions that the behavioral sciences attempt to address and will serve as a summative experience for the students in the major.