Behavioral Sciences/Counseling (B.A./M.A.)

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

The B.A./M.A. program is designed to provide the best preparation for students who wish to pursue clinical mental health or school counseling careers. To accomplish this, the program has integrated core theoretical and knowledge areas in psychology and sociology into a Behavioral Science 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 intends to develop counselors who will assist others in making differences in their lives. To meet this overall goal, students learn to apply theoretical models to the understanding of human behavior, and to 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 Science 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 will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science. An official Change of Status form must be 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 will be awarded the Master of Arts in Counseling & Human Development (with Clinical Mental Health or/and School Counseling).

Admission to the B.A./M.A. program follows three possible tracks:

Track 1

Track 1 is freshman admission. Prospective students must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5.
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1200.
  • Graduate in the top 10% of their high school class

Prospective students must also meet the following criteria:

  • Complete an application form and submit to Program Director, Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  • Submit a writing sample.
  • Participate in an interview with the B.A./M.A. faculty.

Students who do not meet requirements to enter the B.A./M.A. program as freshmen may apply through Track 2 or Track 3.

Track 2

Track 2 is open to students after their freshman year who meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 30 semester hours, including transfer credits, with a minimum 3.3 GPA.
  • Complete PSYC 120, 201 or 251 and SOC 204.
  • Submit the B.A./M.A. application, writing sample, and transcript to the Program Director, Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  • Participate in an interview with B.A./M.A. faculty.

Track 3

Track 3 is open to students after their sophomore year who meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 60 semester hours, including transfer credits, with a minimum 3.3 GPA.
  • Complete PSYC 120, 201, 251, SOC 204, 205 or 303; BSC 221; and one of the following: BSC 301, PSYC 305, or PSYC 401.
  • Submit the B.A./M.A. application, writing sample, and transcript to the Program Director, Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  • Participate in an interview with B.A./M.A. faculty.

Students in the B.A./M.A. program must follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures including a change of status for the graduate program.

Recommended

Required

SCHOOL COUNSELING 

B.A./M.A. students with school counseling career aspirations take two EDU courses listed below plus courses listed under Mental Health (54 credit hours):

EDUC 107School and Society: Intro Educ3
EDUC 206T1:DV:Except&MultiCultGlobSoci3
Total Hours6

MENTAL HEALTH 

B.A./M.A. students with mental health career aspirations take the following courses (48 credit hours):

PSYC 120T1:Principles of Psychology3
PSYC 201Principles of Learning3
PSYC 204Cognitive Processes3
or PSYC 302 Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSYC 251Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 401DV:Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 204DV:T1:Social Problems3
SOC 205T1:DV:Social/Cult Divers3
SOC 303H1:DV:Marriage, Family&Intimac3
SOC 401H2b:Sociological Theory3
BSC 221Stats for Behavioral Science3
BSC 430DV:Applied Behav Science Sem3
BSC 440DV:H3:Applied Behav Sci Intern3-9
BSC 502Research Methods/Prog Evaluati3
BSC 526UG:DV:Group Process3
BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof3
Elective
Select one of the following:3
H1:Crit Iss in Child/Adol Deve
H1:DV:Sociology of Aging
Total Hours48-54

M.A. IN COUNSELING AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL COUNSELING

(Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.)

CHD 603Assessment in Counseling3
CHD 610Prin/Tech/Theories of Coun/Dev3
CHD 612Lifepsan Development3
CHD 620Found/Organ of School Counsel3
CHD 624Career Counseling3
CHD 635Addictions3
CHD 637Consult,Collabor & Leadership3
CHD 680Issues in School Counseling3
CHD 730Soc/Cult Diversity in Coun3
CHD 740Ethics/Issues in Counseling3
CHD 790Practicum: Counseling Tech3
CHD 795Internship: School Counseling3
CHD 662Individ Study: Counsel/Dev (opitional)3
CHD 602Research Methods/Prog Eval3
CHD 626Group Process3
BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof3
CHD Elective
Total Hours48

Graduate course descriptions are listed in the Graduate Catalog.

M.A. IN COUNSELING AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

(Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.)

CHD 603Assessment in Counseling3
CHD 610Prin/Tech/Theories of Coun/Dev3
CHD 612Lifepsan Development3
CHD 624Career Counseling3
CHD 635Addictions3
CHD 665CMHC:Foundations for Practice3
CHD 730Soc/Cult Diversity in Coun3
CHD 740Ethics/Issues in Counseling3
CHD 772Advanced Abnormal Behavior3
CHD 775Diag Mental/Emot Disorders3
CHD 777Treat Mental/Emot Disorders3
CHD 780Personality Assessment3
CHD 790Practicum: Counseling Tech3
CHD 796IInternship in MH Counsel I3
CHD 796IIInternship in MH Counsel II3
CHD 602Research Methods/Prog Eval3
CHD 626Group Process3
BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof3
Electives
Two CHD Electives6
Total Hours60

Graduate course descriptions are listed in the Graduate Catalog.