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Behavioral Sciences


Programs in behavioral sciences focus on individuals and group growth and behavior.

Students learn theories of social development. They study social problems and human behavior from the perspectives of psychology, social sciences, and biomedicine.

Behavioral science programs include topics such as:


Several community colleges offer associate degree programs in behavioral sciences. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in behavioral science. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in behavioral sciences. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Some programs offer course work in counseling. In most cases, to become a counselor, you need a master's degree.


East Side Area

Walla Walla University

King-Snohomish Area

Seattle Central College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Tacoma Area

University of Puget Sound

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Western Washington University