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Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science

The Behavioral Science degree at Manchester Community College is designed for students who are planning to pursue a four-year degree in the areas of psychology, sociology, or human/social service disciplines. Through a variety of theoretical and practical applications the Behavioral Science degree focuses on how underlying concepts, theories and principles affect human behavior and societal systems.

A degree in behavioral science is the beginning of a pathway that leads to careers such as: Social Worker, Personal Home Care Aide, Social Service Technician, Rehabilitation Counselor, Psychologist, Organizational Psychologist, Law Enforcement Officer, Parole/Probation Officer, Sociologist, Child Care Aide or Family Therapist.

Program Goal

The Behavioral Science degree offers a comprehensive behavioral science foundation that provides students with a theoretical basis for future study. Aligning with coursework offered at four-year institutions, the Behavioral Science degree program seeks to provide all students with courses in psychology and sociology offering students the first two years of a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Behavioral Science.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundation of basic theoretical and practical knowledge in the behavioral sciences
  • Comprehend key concepts and terminology in the behavioral sciences
  • Engage in practical application of common behavioral science theories
  • Think critically and analytically
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written skills
  • Conduct ethically sound research within the behavioral science field
  • Exhibit cultural sensitivity and appreciation of diversity, both locally and globally

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses will be considered for transfer to the Behavioral Science program under the following conditions:

  • Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology must be completed no more than 10 years prior to acceptance into the Behavioral Science program. Exceptions to the 10-year maximum timeframe for Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology may be granted at the discretion of the Department Chair.
  • An articulation agreement exists for MCC Behavioral Science students to transfer to UNH Manchester Psychology degree Program. For details and criteria, please visit MCC’s Career and Transfer Office.

Behavioral Science Degree

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
PSYC110M Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
ENGL110XM or
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Foreign Language Elective/Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
  Total 14 0 14
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
SOCI110M Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
PSYC210M Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
  Political Science/History Elective 3 0 3
ENGL113M Introduction to Public Speaking 3 0 3
  Lab Science Elective (BIOL, CHEM, ESCI, ENVS, GEOL, PHYS) 3 3 4
  Total 15 3 16

Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
PSYC215M Abnormal Psychology 3 0 3
  Psychology/Sociology Elective* 3 0 3
MATH202M Probability and Statistics 4 0 4
  English Literature Elective 3 0 3
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 16 0 16
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
LBSC299M Behavioral Science Capstone 3 0 3
SOCI250M Multiculturalism 3 0 3
  Psychology/Sociology Elective* 3 0 3
ENGL220M College Composition II 4 0 4
  Life Science Lab Elective (BIOL) 3 3 4
  Total 16 3 17
Total Credits - 63

Students must take a minimum of three 200 level B.S. courses at MCC to meet residency requirements.

*Psychology/Sociology Electives - Choose from: PSYC205M, PSYC217M, PSYC220M, PSYC225M, PSYC234M, PSYC235M, SOCI145M, SOCI205M, SOCI210M.