2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Behavioral Science (AA)

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Vision Statement

The Associate of Arts in Behavioral Science is a professional development program within the general field of Human Sciences, which encompasses the disciplines of Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. The program vision is to develop in its students an understanding of the broader sociocultural and historical forces that create human need and entry-level professional skills to positively impact the lives of others in our communities.

Mission Statement

The Associate of Arts major of Behavioral Sciences is designed to provide students with the foundations of the Behavioral Sciences, practical experience, and career development. It is designed to interface with the baccalaureate in Behavioral Science, while providing students more options in their higher education careers. Students who complete the AA in Behavioral Science will have sufficient skills and knowledge for entry-level Human Services employment in Maine. Students graduating with the AA in Behavioral Science may be admitted into the Baccalaureate in Behavioral Science at the junior level, if they choose to continue into a baccalaureate program.

Program Description/Goals

The Associate of Arts in Behavioral Science is a 60 credit (2 year) degree combining a sound liberal arts foundation with the fundamentals of anthropology, psychology, and sociology.

Program Requirements

  • General Education Requirements 29 credits

Behavioral Science Requirements

*For students interested in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician - Community (MHRT/C) Certificate, refer to the Human Services (AA, On campus or online) .

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the Associate of Art degree in Behavioral Science, graduates must:

  1. Complete the 60 credit hours of the prescribed program
  2. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  3. Complete the General Education Requirements (All Associate Degree Programs)   
  4. Fulfill the UMFK Residency Requirements
  5. Complete the Graduation Application

Techniques for Assessment

The student will be assessed both directly and indirectly. Students are to maintain a year-by-year portfolio of exemplars of their work. In the final year, the portfolio will be reviewed by at least 2 Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty.

Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year - Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year - Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year - Total 17 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year - Total 16 credits

  • Upper Level Psychology 6 credits
  • General Electives 10 credits

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