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Applied Behavioral Sciences (BA)

DePaul’s Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) program is a two-year program for adult students who have an associate’s degree and would like to pursue a career in human services, social work, nonprofit management and other related fields.

The ABS curriculum combines courses from the Department of Psychology, the College of Communication and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Courses will provide you with perspectives on human behavior, interaction and communication.

Students attend one class per week at DePaul’s Loop campus, as well as take courses online.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Studies degree from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is an accelerated, inter-disciplinary, 2-year degree completion program for adult students. This degree is offered at the Loop campus and online.

This course-based major is for graduates of community colleges with an Associate's degree who seek broad interdisciplinary preparation for a career in human services, social work, nonprofit management and other related fields.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences need an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science (from IL schools; other degrees to be evaluated), or have earned 66 semester credit hours, applicable to the program based on review and evaluation.

The major consists of courses from the Department of Psychology, the College of Communication, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers the majority of courses, including a unique series of Adult Learning Seminars. The courses in the major provide students with multiple perspectives on human behavior, interaction and communications.​

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Transfer Credit 98
Major Requirements 94
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of behavioral sciences.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply ethical principles in context.
  • Explain the value of social justice in behavioral settings.
  • Utilize principles of reflective practice in behavioral science.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

Major Requirements (94 quarter hours)

Understanding Human Behavior (16 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 329PERSUASION4
PSY 347SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY4
DCM 333ADDICTIONS AND RECOVERY4
or PSY 363 ALCOHOLISM, DRUG ADDICTION AND RECOVERY
DCM 307ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR4

Life Cycle in Context (8 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 323THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING AND THE AGED4
PSY 302PERSONAL ADJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH4

 Community and Social Justice (12 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 304EVOLVING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS4
DCM 325WORK & SOCIETY4
PSY 353ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY4
or PSY 354 COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Methods (12 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DA 200DATA ANALYTICS4
or DA 233 APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
DCM 308INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS4
DCM 309APPLIED RESEARCH4

Effective Workplace Dynamics (12 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 324EFFECTIVE GROUP AND PERSONAL DYNAMICS4
ORGC 316COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING4
ORGC 353COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE4

Leadership Theories and Skills (12 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
DCM 311CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION4
or CCH 299 ASSESSING AND MANAGING CONFLICT
DCM 303LEADERSHIP MODELS FOR STRONG ORGANIZATIONS4

Adult Learning Seminars (22 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 313LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AND SELF-ASSESSMENT2
DCM 314LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATION2
DCM 315EXPLORING THE FIELD2
DCM 316WORK IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT2
DCM 317ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS2
DCM 318SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS2
DCM 319CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING2
DCM 320PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT2
DCM 321CAPSTONE PLANNING2
DCM 322CAPSTONE PROJECT4