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Behavioral Health

Division of Arts and Sciences

In the Behavioral Health concentration, learners demonstrate foundational counseling knowledge, application, and skills and apply them to general behavioral health topics in the field of psychology. Learners who successfully complete this concentration are prepared to pursue graduate work in the areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, addictions counseling, school counseling, social work, or other psychology-related degrees; and/or pursue careers such as case manager, crisis worker, victim advocate, psychiatric technician, or other entry-level careers in the field of psychology.

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Four Required Courses



At least 18 quarter credits

PSYC2320 *
Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy

Learners in this course explore a variety of mental health disciplines, settings, and populations. Learners build knowledge of and practice the communication and psychotherapy skills used in professional mental health areas, such as addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and school counseling. Learners apply knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and research findings to support interventions in real-world problems in living.  Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

3 quarter credits
PSYC2900 *
Introduction to Psychology of Personality

In this introductory course, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of theories of personality psychology. Learners apply these theories to human traits, behaviors, and emotional issues within the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

3 quarter credits
PSYC3110 *
Abnormal Psychology

The focus of this course is abnormal behavior, which learners investigate using the framework of mental pathology. Learners evaluate scientific, empirically based analyses of mental disorders and deviant behavior. Learners also examine the range of psychological disorders and assess the disorders’ biological, psychological, and social consequences. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of abnormal psychology treatment methods. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4320 *
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Learners distinguish between various theories of counseling and psychotherapy and develop a personal philosophy of counseling. Learners apply evidence-based practices to concerns presented in counseling settings and analyze practices for diverse populations. Prerequisite(s):  PSYC2320.

6 quarter credits






At least 18 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

Please note that some courses within this program have prerequisites that are not listed as required courses, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this program.