Social & Behavioral Science
Students that pursue social and behavioral sciences study the individual's relationship to the communities they belong to. In this role, they focus on identifying high-risk behaviors or trends in a specific population and propose solutions to improve overall public health levels in their communities. Behavioral and social scientists working in the public health sector typically take courses with topics on mental health, social research, and how to promote healthy lifestyles.
AT A GLANCE
IS THIS YOU?
I enjoy helping people learn, grow, or heal.
I like to teach, counsel, train, etc.
I am interested in understanding the world we live in.
I enjoy learning about different cultures.
I am interested in learning about human habits, actions, and intentions.
I like identifying ways to help people with illnesses or emotional challenges.
PATTERNS OF SOCIAL Interaction
STRUCTURE, FUNCTION OF HUMAN Society
Explore the Different Possibilities
Check out the specific concentrations within this interest cluster, with information regarding specific careers, as well as potential majors to pursue in college!
Neuroscience & Psychology
Students in neuroscience investigate the biological mechanisms that underlie behavior as well as how brains process information. They study the nervous system at every level: from the macroscopic (behavior and cognition) to the microscopic (cells and molecules).
Studies of Human Society + Culture
For students interested in understanding society’s institutions- their structures, theoretical foundations, evolution, and interrelationships- and how they affect and are affected by human behavior. Potential careers include: Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies
For those who seek to understand the biological, pharmacological, and experiential factors that influence the behavior of individuals. Potential careers include: FBI Profiler, Social Work, Sociological or Psychological Researcher
Social + Emotional Wellness
For those who seek to understand and employ the skills of coping with stress, remaining aware of one’s own and others’ feelings, providing empathy for others. Potential careers include: Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling
Connect with Alumni or a Senior Mentor
Check out how our alumni students and current seniors are pursuing this pathway! Learn about what it takes. To learn more about an alumni's journey, check out their roadmap.
Choosing the Right Courses
Provided here are the COC classes that are recommended for your pathway. You are not required to take all them, so you should talk to your counselor to clarify which classes are right for you. Explore the different possibilities below!
Preparatory General Chemistry
A preparatory course for Chemistry 201. Provides basic foundation in problem solving, atomic theory, stoichiometry, nomenclature, states of matter and solution chemistry.
Explores the nature of science, including cell structure and processes, energetics in living systems, heredity, development, evolution, diversity, and environmental relationships.
Survey of Microsoft Office Programs
Examines operating systems, Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management, presentation software, and the application of information technologies to organizational settings.
Explores the basic features of the exterior and interior of the earth's crust, the materials of which those features are composed, and the geologic processes which produced them. Field trips may be required.
Preparation and training for advanced level public speaking, including the college competitive speech team and college sponsored speech and forensics activities, tournaments, festivals, and civic organizations. Studies include argumentation, public address speaking, and oral interpretation of literature. Involves research, writing, and one-on-one direction. Requires participation at an interscholastic competition or in a community speakers' bureau.
Introduces theoretical approaches to interpret literature and prepares students to apply these in the performance of that literature.
Small Group Communication
Applies principles of communication in a variety of group contexts. Examines the theory, application, and evaluation of group communication processes, including problem solving, conflict management, decision making, and leadership.
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Examines the principles and practices of public speaking, communication theory, and techniques for public speaking. Includes speech organization, development, research, audience analysis, reasoning, and presentation skills for the development of informative and persuasive speeches.
Introduction to Archaeology
Examines archaeology and human prehistory from an interdisciplinary perspective, including methods for excavation, dating, interpretation, and conservation of items of material culture. Topics include past social systems, the process of cultural change throughout human history, and the relevance of archaeological studies to contemporary social issues.
Presents the nature of humankind, culture, and society, including the concepts and theories used for their analysis and understanding. Prehistory and cultural growth, social organization, family systems, politics and economics, war, religion, values, culture shock, and applied anthropology are examined.
Focuses on the evolution of the human species and nonhuman primates primarily from the biological perspective. Topics include human heredity and population genetics, primate behavior and conservation, the human fossil record, and modern human variation.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR THIS PATHWAY
Be prepared to spend time reading and studying.
Do not waste your time on upper division COC math classes that you do not need. Take COC classes in Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology.
If you can, talk to Mr. Wilhelm about becoming an SEL mentor!
Before you decide to become a behavioral science major, it's crucial to gain an understanding of the industry as a whole. One of the ways you can do this is to by exploring the many associations and organizations that supply continuing education and support in this field. Here are a few of the options:
Society for Human Resource Management
International Society for Performance Improvement
Behavioral Science & Policy Association
American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science