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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Online bachelor's behavioral sciences degrees

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Online bachelor's behavioral sciences degrees

Prepare for a career in helping others 

Pursue your passion of making a difference in the lives of others with our online bachelor’s behavioral science degrees. Develop a well-rounded foundation in helping professions and gain valuable skills for careers in human services, social work, correctional services and more. Our curriculum provides you with a problem-solving methodology to address personal, social and organizational issues. And you can also choose to play a role in advocating for and advancing human rights and behavioral health. 

The best part? Most courses are 100% online and only 5 weeks long with fieldwork at an agency in your community. That means you’ll have the flexibility to attend class whenever it fits your life. It’s a smart, convenient way to balance family, work and school. 

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Find the behavioral science bachelor's degree for you

Up to 13

The number of times a year you can start your degree based on your schedule.

120

The number of credits required to complete a bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree with UOPX.

4.25

years

The program length for a bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree with UOPX.

Skills you’ll learn with a bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CORRECTIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Advocacy
  • Service delivery
  • Behavioral health

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

Job outlook for bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree graduates 

BLS CATEGORY: Social and Community Service Managers

JOB GROWTH: 12%

Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for social and community service managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031

JOB TITLES:

  • Program Eligibility Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Social Services Assistant 

The Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services is an educational degree program that provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of correctional program support services. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a correctional officer, social worker, or counselor.

BLS CATEGORY: Social Workers

JOB GROWTH: 9%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for social workers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

JOB TITLES:

  • Caseworker
  • Child Protective Services Social Worker
  • Family Protection Specialist
  • Family Service Worker
  • Foster Care Social Worker
  • Youth Services Specialist

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work is an undergraduate degree program that provides a foundation in social work theory and teaches the application of professional social work values, principles, standards and techniques to educationally prepare graduates to pursue state licensure or certification as a bachelor’s-level social worker in select states. Licensure requirements vary by state. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to become a social worker. See the licensure requirements and contact information for your state.

Bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree course requirements

Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services

You’ll take 14 core courses with program-specific knowledge to help you gain the confidence and skills to pursue roles in the field of behavioral sciences. These core courses include topics like: criminal justice, foundations of criminal behavior, social psychology, case planning and management and program facilitation skills. 

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

You’ll take 20 core courses with program-specific knowledge to help you gain the confidence and skills to pursue roles in the field of social work. These core courses include topics like: communication techniques, human behavior, social work practice, social advocacy, research and evaluation. 

Tuition and financial aid

Affordable, locked-in tuition

UNDERGRAD: $398 Tuition cost per credit

Cost per credit applies to all our bachelor's degrees.

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Ways to pay — and save. Explore your options.

From grants and scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition.

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is money from the U.S. Department of Education to help you pay for your college tuition and expenses.

Transfer Credits

Your prior eligible credits can cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree to help you graduate in as little as a year.

Military or Veteran Benefits

See if you qualify to use veterans’ education benefits or tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Scholarships

Starting with your first course, every new qualifying student will be awarded one of our scholarships.

Employer Tuition Discounts

Check if your employer provides tuition assistance, benefits, or reimbursement programs toward your degree.

Student experience

Jahmar R.

“[University of] Phoenix was there for me every step of the way. I became even more dedicated, inspired, and extremely motivated to finish school to pursue things that are greater than myself.” 

—Jahmar R.
BS in Correctional Program Support Services, 2021

 

Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

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How to apply for your bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree

Once you’ve selected your degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you’ll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.

  • No application fee — no obligation!
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
  • No out-of-state tuition
  • Our risk-free trial lets eligible students try out University of Phoenix for three weeks at no additional cost
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Experienced faculty

University of Phoenix has experienced faculty

Learn from accomplished, real-world faculty members who lead in the fields they teach. Our instructors go through a careful vetting process before joining our faculty ranks. They include industry leaders who encourage, challenge and inspire our students. And with a student-faculty ratio of  32:1 [1], you’ll get the attention you need.

[1] This is a university-wide ratio. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences student-faculty ratio may vary.

Programmatic accreditation

University of Phoenix’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation

C S W E accredited

Bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree FAQs

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The published program length to complete a bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree is 4.25 years. Your time to completion could differ based on various factors, including any breaks from your coursework. You may be able to save time and money on your degree if you have eligible transfer credits from an accredited institution. See how you might be able to graduate faster with transfer credits. 

 

If you want to study human behavior and enjoy helping people, a career in the behavioral sciences may be incredibly rewarding for you. You can establish an interdisciplinary foundation to help you prepare for graduate-level programs or fulfilling career paths in social work (when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work), human services, correctional services and more. 

Yes. University of Phoenix is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our Bachelor of Science in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Plus, our undergraduate social work program educationally prepares graduates to pursue state licensure or certification as a bachelor’s-level social worker in select states.

Yes, our bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree programs accept eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Speak with an enrollment representative to start the process of evaluation by the University to see if your prior college credits can apply to your program and to request your transcripts. 

Our bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree programs can prepare you for various occupations, such as a caseworker, case manager, program eligibility specialist, child protective services social worker (when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work), social services assistant and family service worker. Other career paths in the field of behavioral sciences may require a master’s degree or specialized education. If you’d like to further your education after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a related graduate program.