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 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 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 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 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 four graduate courses during the last four semesters of their undergraduate degree program: BSC 502: Research Methods and Program Evaluation; BSC 510: Principles/Techniques/Theories of Counseling and Development: BSC 526: Group Process and BSC 560: Introduction to Counseling and the Counseling Profession. 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 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 are awarded the Master of Arts in Counseling & Human Development (with Clinical Mental Health and/or School Counseling).

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

Track 1

Track 1 is for high school seniors through university freshmen students. Prospective students must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.7 or university grade point average of 3.3.
  • 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 it to the 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.

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, SOC 101 and one elective in Psychology or Sociology (a total of 9 credits in Social and Behavioral Sciences).
  • 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

core required courses (24 credits)

PSYC 120T1:Principles of Psychology3
SOC 101T1:Principles of Sociology3
BSC 221Stats for Behavioral Science ((Prerequisite MATH 104))3
PSYC 251Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 340H1:DV: Addictions3
PSYC 401DV:Abnormal Psychology ((Prerequisite PSYC 251))3
BSC 430DM:DV:Applied Behav Science Se3
BSC 440SL:H3:DV:Applied Behav Sci Int3-9

choose any 4 electives from Psychology or sociology (12 credits)

Core graduate level courses (12 CREDITS)

BSC 502Research Methods/Prog Evaluati3
BSC 526UG:DV:Group Process3
BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof3
CHD 610Prin/Tech/Theories of Coun/Dev3

additional courses for school counseling track only (6 credits)

EDUC 107School and Society: Intro Educ2
EDUC 206DV:Except&MultiCultGlobSoci3

additional courses for mental health and school counseling tracks (9 credits)

EDUC 107School and Society: Intro Educ2
EDUC 206DV:Except&MultiCultGlobSoci3
CHD 612Lifepsan Development3

M.A. IN COUNSELING AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL COUNSELING

(Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.)

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 Prof3
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 650Develop Inf Tram, Cris, Gr Int 13
CHD 655Couns Children & Adolesc 13
CHD 657Dvlp Iss & Dis in Child & Adol 13
CHD 662Individ Study: Counsel/Dev (optional)3
CHD 680Issues in School Counseling3
CHD 730Soc/Cult Diversity in Coun3
CHD 740Ethics/Issues in Counseling3
CHD 790Practicum: Counseling Tech3
CHD 795Internship: School Counseling 23
CHD 795IInternship Sch Counsel I 13
CHD 795IIInternship Sch Counsel II 13
CHD Elective
Total Hours63

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.)

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 Prof3
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
Electives
Two CHD Electives6
Total Hours60

Graduate course descriptions are listed in the Graduate Catalog.