The DFBL Academic Program

THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES MAJOR AT A GLANCE

No matter what you do in life, there is one irrefutable fact: you'll be working with other people. Therefore, your success in any field will depend largely on your understanding of yourself and others and your ability to work together. The Behavioral Sciences major lays the foundation for this understanding. Three academic tracks are offered in the major: Leadership Studies Option, which examines in depth the behavioral sciences approach to studying and developing leadership; Human Factors and Systems Design Option, which focuses on how people interact with the machines and systems they use; and the Behavioral Sciences Option, which allows students the opportunity to choose a diverse menu of courses to tailor their course of study to individual professional and educational goals.

The Behavioral Sciences curriculum is designed to provide all majors, regardless of option choice, a shared set of discipline-informed, Air Force relevant core competencies. The competency areas include:

  • Knowledge:
  • Psychological Processes
  • Leadership
  • Socio-Cultural
  • Human Factors
  • Research Methods
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Application of Content
  • Values

REQUIRED COURSES: 147 Semester Hours
A. 96 Semester hours of Dean's academic core courses.
B. 5 Semester hours of Director of Athletics core courses.
C. 1 Semester hour of First Year Experience.
D. 3 Semester hours of Academy Option.
E. 42 Semester hours of major's courses:
1.-2. Foreign Language III and IV
3. Beh Sci 231 Basic Research Methods and Statistical Tools
4. Beh Sci 332 Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Tools 116

 


Behavioral Sciences Option

The Behavioral Sciences Option requires the completion of the core, two additional foreign language courses, plus 12 major‘s courses for a total of 147 semester hours. This option allows cadets to tailor an array of courses within the behavioral sciences, from a micro to a macro level. In addition to Beh Sci 231 and Beh Sci 332, all Behavioral Sciences Option majors will be required to take:

  • 4 Breadth level classes from different areas
  • 1 Advanced Study course
  • 1 Capstone course
  • 4 Elective courses.

 

Note: A the major may take no more than two non-Beh Sci courses in these options.

Within the Behavioral Sciences Option, majors have the choice to select a Concentration area (a recommended sequence of courses) which suits their interests and future goals.
Concentrations include:

  • Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • Socio-Cultural Studies
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Pre-Med

 

The Pre-Med Concentration is a good choice for cadets aspiring to medical school; psychology is one of the top majors for students entering American medical schools. To be considered for medical school, these courses will also be required:

  • Chem 233 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 243 Organic Chemistry Lab
  • Chem 234 Organic Chemistry II
  • One other laboratory science course offered by the Department of Biology

 

(DFBL will count Chem 233 and Chem 243 toward the Behavioral Sciences Option. The following core substitutes are preferred for the pre-med track: Biology 210 and Chem 110. Coordinate with the Departments of Chemistry and Biology for additional registration information.)


Leadership Studies Option

The Leadership Studies Option requires the completion of the core, two additional foreign language courses, plus 12 major‘s courses for a total of 147 semester hours. This option allows cadets an opportunity to examine in depth the area of leadership. In addition to Beh Sci 231 and Beh Sci 332, all Leadership Studies majors must take:

  • Beh Sci 311 Team and Group Dynamics
  • Beh Sci 411 Contemporary Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Beh Sci 412 Leading and Measuring Organizational and Personal Change
  • Beh Sci 450 Advanced Topics in Leadership (or leadership-related Beh Sci 499)

 

Leadership studies students must also take one course each from the Experimental and Human Factors, Psychology, and Socio-Cultural Breadth groups, as well as 3 choices from among the Leadership Elective courses.

Note: Students may not count more than two non-Behavioral Science courses toward the major.

Human Factors and Systems Design Option:
The Human Factors and System Design Option requires the completion of the core, two additional foreign language courses, plus 12 major‘s courses for a total of 147 semester hours. In addition to Beh Sci 231 and Beh Sci 332, all Human Factors and Systems Design Option majors must take:

  • Beh Sci 335 Learning and Memory
  • Beh Sci 373 Introduction to Human Factors Engineering
  • Beh Sci 375 Human Factors in Aviation Systems Engineering
  • Beh Sci 390 Sensation and Perception
  • Beh Sci 471 Engineering Psychology
  • Beh Sci 472 Human Computer Interaction
  • Beh Sci 473 Human Factors Engineering in Systems Design (or HF-related Beh Sci 499)

 

Students must also take one course from each of the Socio-Cultural, Leadership, and Psychology Breadth groups, as well as 1 additional choice from the Human Factors Elective courses.


Human Factors and Systems Design Option


The Human Factors and System Design Option requires the completion of the core, two additional foreign language courses, plus 12 major‘s courses for a total of 147 semester hours. In addition to Beh Sci 231 and Beh Sci 332, all Human Factors and Systems Design Option majors must take:

  • Beh Sci 335 Learning and Memory
  • Beh Sci 373 Introduction to Human Factors Engineering
  • Beh Sci 375 Human Factors in Aviation Systems Engineering
  • Beh Sci 390 Sensation and Perception
  • Beh Sci 471 Engineering Psychology
  • Beh Sci 472 Human Computer Interaction
  • Beh Sci 473 Human Factors Engineering in Systems Design (or HF-related Beh Sci 499)

Students must also take one course from each of the Socio-Cultural, Leadership, and Psychology Breadth groups, as well as 1 additional choice from the Human Factors Elective courses.

 

            

 

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