Mercy College's Bachelor of Science program in Behavioral Science is designed for students who wish to broaden their major field to include both psychology and sociology. The Behavioral Science major provides a lifetime's worth of useful insights and information about how individuals behave at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community.
This helps to prepare a student for any job and or occupation involving people, in multiple settings including education, human services, business, government, and law enforcement.
Mercy's Behavioral Science program provides a combination of structure and flexibility with a 36-credit major that includes 4 required courses and 8 elective courses. Representative required courses include: Computers for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Psychology, Methodology for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Classics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
All Health Services Management students choose from electives that enable them to tailor their program to his or her particular interests and career goals, in subjects such as Industrial Psychology, Medical Sociology, Health Care Organization and Management, and Medical Ethics. Additionally, the program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.
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Study your specific interests
Various internship opportunities
By the end of this program, students should be able to:
Apply psychological and sociological concepts to career goals.
Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools.
Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies, focusing on social and personal awareness.
Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories and research results to personal, cultural, and organizational situations.
Describe the services available and needed to provide for the well-being of the elderly.
Students who choose the major concentration in Behavioral Science with a Specialization in Gerontology must complete:
BHSC 244 Social Psychology
BHSC 226 Computers Social/Behavioral Sciences
BHSC 282 Strategies Elder Care Provider
BHSC 348 Methodology Social/Behavioral Sciences
BHSC 399 Internship Social/Behavioral Sciences
BHSC 426 Classics Social/Behavioral Sciences
PSYN 232 Health Psychology
PSYN 315 Aging & Mental Health
PSYN 239 Adult Development and Aging
SOCL 271 Med Sociology: Health Care Modern
three elective courses selected under advisement from the major offerings in Psychology and/or Sociology numbered 200 and above.
At least two major courses in Psychology and two major courses in Sociology must be completed in residence at Mercy College. BHSC 370 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. BHSC/ PSYN/ SOCL 399 Internship is recommended.