The Behavioral Science/Counseling and Human Development BA/MA Program

B.A./M.A. Program in Behavioral Science/ Counseling and Human Development: Mental Health or School Counseling

Social and Behavioral Sciences — Dr. Jo Anna Kelly, Program Director

The B.A./M.A. program provides the best preparation for students who wish to pursue clinical mental health or school counseling careers. To accomplish this, the program integrates core theoretical and knowledge areas in psychology and sociology into a Behavioral Sciences major at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, the program integrates the core theoretical knowledge and skill areas in professional counselor education needed for practice as a clinical mental health counselor or school counselor. B.A./M.A. coursework integration results in a holistic, streamlined educational program wherein students can meet educational licensure requirements in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling in approximately 6 years.

The program develops counselors who assist others in making differences in their lives.To meet this overall goal, students apply theoretical models to the understanding of human behavior and demonstrate the professional attitudes, behaviors and counseling skills needed to integrate their knowledge and skills with the ethical practice of counseling with diverse populations.

General program goals include:

  • Develop within students the knowledge, competencies and attitudes necessary to function as professional counselors.
  • Assist students to develop a sense of their identity as counselors and the professional orientation needed to work for the welfare of diverse clients.
  • Assist students to understand both the scientific and humanistic perspectives in behavioral science and to apply this knowledge to counseling practice.
  • Prepare students for specialized roles as clinical mental health counselors and school counselors.

B.A./M.A. students are dually admitted to the B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and the M.A. in Counseling & Human Development. In addition to meeting separate admission requirements for the B.A./M.A. program (beyond general admission to the university), students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in their undergraduate coursework, follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures, and meet appropriate interpersonal and professional behavior standards to remain in good standing in the program. With the permission of their advisor, B.A./M.A. students take three graduate courses during the last three semesters of their undergraduate degree program: BSC 560; BSC 502 (CHD 602 course); and BSC 526 (CHD 626 course). Upon completion of the undergraduate requirements for the B.A. portion of the program, students are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science. An official Change of Status form must obtained from the Program Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences and filed with the Registrar to change the student status from undergraduate to graduate. Upon completion of all graduation requirements in the Counseling and Human Development program, students are awarded the Master of Arts in Counseling & Human Development (with Clinical Mental Health and/or School Counseling).

For details regarding admission to the B.A./M.A. program, refer to Dr. Jo Anna Kelly, Program Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at

B.A. with a Behavioral Science Concentration

(Students must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA.)

School Counseling
B.A./M.A. students with school counseling career aspirations take two EDUC courses listed below plus courses listed under Mental Health (54 to 60 credit hours). See Graduate Catalog - CHD School Counseling track for course sequencing.
EDUC 107School and Society: Intro Educ3
EDUC 206TH1:SL:DV:Ex&MultiCultGlobSoci3
Mental Health
B.A./M.A. students with mental health career aspirations take the following courses (48 to 54 credit hours). See Graduate Catalog - CHD Clinical Mental Health Counseling track for course sequencing.
PSYC 120T1:FD: Principles of Psych3
PSYC 201Principles of Learning3
PSYC 204Cognitive Processes3
PSYC 251Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 401DV:Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 205T1:FD:DV:Social/Cult Divers3
SOC 303H1:DV:Marriage, Family&Intimac (formerly Family Systems)3
SOC 401H2b:Sociological Theory3
BSC 221Stats for Behavioral Science3
BSC 430DM:DV:Applied Behav Science Se3
BSC 440SL:H3:DV:Applied Behav Sci Int3-6
BSC 502Research Methods/Prog Evaluati3
or CHD 602 Research Methods/Prog Eval
BSC 526UG:DV:Group Process3
or CHD 626 Group Process
BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof (formerly Counseling and Interviewing Processes)3
Select one of the following:3
PSYC 309H1:Crit Iss in Child/Adol Deve3
H1:DV:Sociology of Aging (formerly Critical Issues in Adult Development)

Graduate course descriptions are listed in the Graduate Catalog.