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Beh Sci 110. Introduction to Behavioral Sciences. This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes across diverse levels of analyses. This course covers psychological principles that can be applied in and out of the military. Critical thinking, leadership, and respect for human dignity will be emphasized through the study of subjects such as perception, cognition, learning, memory, social interactions, mental health issues, and the biological basis of behavior. In addition, students will be exposed to subjects closely related to psychology such as sociology, cultural anthropology, leadership, and human factors engineering. Final exam. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring or fall.
In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:
Responsibilities: Respect for Human Dignity
Skills: Critical Thinking
Knowledge: Principles of Science and the Scientific Method

Beh Sci 231. Basic Research Methods and Statistical Tools. This course is the first in a two-course sequence that includes Beh Sci 332. Within this sequence, students are introduced to and then apply an integrated approach to empirical research, statistics, and ethics through study of the scientific method, hypothesis testing, and research design. Students will study and compute probability and descriptive statistics for normal and non-normal distributions on differing levels of measurement. Students will use statistical software to perform descriptive and inferential statistical analyses including, but not limited to, measures of central tendency and variability, normality, ANOVA, t-tests, Chi-square, correlation, and the principles of regression; with an emphasis on knowing when to use each method. Students will apply methodological and statistical knowledge in a behavioral science research study they design; culminating in an APA formatted research report (e.g. papers and/or posters). Final exam and/or final project or paper.
Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 310. Foundations for Leadership and Character Development. This course explores leadership development through both academic study and applied exercises. Specifically, the course examines individual leader development principles that will set students on a lifelong path of becoming a leader of character who treats others with respect and dignity.
The academic study of leadership development will be combined with experiential exercises, case studies, and student projects designed to help students develop in their own leadership capacity. Final exam and/or final project or final paper. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.
In addition, this course/program is a primary contributor to the development and assessment of the following USAFA outcomes:
Responsibilities: Respect for Human Dignity, Lifelong Development and
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Beh Sci 330. Abnormal Psychology. This course examines the development, nature, and treatment of psychological disorders within a biopsychosocial context. Special consideration is given toward leadership and military applications. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 332. Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Tools. Continuation of Beh Sci
231 (please see Beh Sci 231 course description.) Final exam and/or final project or paper. Prereq: Math 142/152, Beh Sci 110 and Beh Sci 231, or departmental approval. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 335. Learning and Cognition. How does experience affect behavior? This age old question has been examined both in theory and in practice by behavioral psychologists since the early 1900’s. With the cognitive revolution in the late 1950s, a keen interest turned to experimentally studying mental activity. In this course, cadets will examine theories from both domains to better understand human behavior and mental activity. Cadets will test concepts from learning and cognition in the laboratory using rats and report their experimental findings. Lab. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring

Beh Sci 352. Social Psychology. This course provides an introduction to social psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Social psychologists seek to understand the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations. In other words, social psychology explains how the average person reacts to various social pressures. Topics covered include social perception, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction, social influence, prosocial behavior, aggression, groups and personality. From a practical standpoint, this course explains how and why people react to the world and other people as they do. Leadership implications are discussed. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 355. Brain and Behavior. Using the interdisciplinary lens of neuroscience, cadets will learn how the brain and nervous system generate behavior and mental activity. Learning experiences will focus on how the wiring and structure of the brain are responsible for the way we behave. We will examine how real life issues such as traumatic brain injury, learning, memory, decision-making, sleep, emotions, psychological disorders, drug effects, and stress are best explained by understanding how the brain processes and computes different kinds of information. Cadets will develop a three-dimensional understanding of neuroanatomy through extensive sheep brain dissections. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 358. Military and Society. Introduces sociology’s foundational perspectives and focuses on a subfield in sociology known as military sociology. As such, it applies theoretical thinking and empirical findings from the social sciences to the military, both as a bureaucracy and as a profession. Issues addressed include how militaries are put together, how individuals fit into them, how militaries are related to the societies and cultures in which they are located, and the extent to which these processes are the same or different in all societies. While the primary emphasis is upon the American military, it considers other armed forces and their respective societies. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 360. Sociology Introduces sociology’s foundational perspectives and methodologies and applies them to the systematic study of human behavior in social contexts. Basic topics include the “sociological imagination,” biology and social behavior, the origins and components of culture, socialization, the structure of social interaction, and the creation and maintenance of groups, organizations, and societies. Additional themes include social stratification, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality, globalization and development, marriage and family, religion, and social change. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 362. Class, Race, and Gender. Builds on foundational sociological perspectives and methodologies to define and analyze dimensions of social stratification. The course examines the central elements of class stratification – wealth, power, and prestige – considers theories related to dominant-subordinate group relations, provides a treatment of current social conditions of racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., and analyzes the contruction and reinforcement of gender and sexuality within major institutions in American society. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 358, Beh Sci 360, or department approval. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 373. Introduction to  Human Factors Engineering. This course examines the process, principles, and guidelines of human factors engineering as they impact the design of systems used by people and provides an introduction to human factors engineering and Systems Design. Emphasizes the interaction between human capabilities and limitations, to the task, and the environment, as they relate to system performance. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Beh Sci 375. Human Factors in Aviation Systems Engineering. This course examines human performance and human-machine design issues in military and civilian aviation systems. Students learn about human factors engineering in aviation systems and their failures as well as reviewing the nature and scope of human factors impacts on performance by air and ground crews and their supervisors. Students review the body of knowledge demonstrating how human flight-related performance is based on psychological and physiological capabilities and limitations that, in turn, influence the ability of humans to interact within the systems design constraints. Students also learn how the application of effective systems design, specialized automation, and ongoing training can facilitate optimal human-system performance associated with flight. Final exam or final project. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 380. Theories of Personality. Examines major psychological theories of personality, including analytic, humanistic, cognitive, and learning approaches. Other nontraditional approaches are also considered which explain personality development from the socio-cultural perspective. Theoretical concepts are examined to understand individual personality development, relevant current and historical issues, and applications to military leadership. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 390. Sensation and Perception. This course will provide an introduction to the way the outside world is perceived through our senses and how our brain makes sense of all the sensory inputs. How our body experiences the world and what we perceive of the world are two interrelated, but different entities. This is an important topic for Air Force officers, because our perceptions do not always accurately represent the outside world. For example, pilots with inaccurate perceptions of their aircraft attitude (e.g., spatial disorientation) could lead to loss of control of their aircraft. Through lectures, labs, demonstrations and discussions, this course will introduce the basic anatomy of the sensory systems, as well as, how these structures are used to “make sense” out of what we are experiencing so that we can do such things as understand speech, perceive color, see motion and depth, and recognize faces. Final exam or final project.
Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 411. Leading Across the Full Range of Leadership. This course takes an in depth look at the concept of transformational leadership through examination of the Full Range Model of Leadership. Cadets will examine both effective and ineffective leadership processes in order to understand how leadership manifests itself in different situations and the resultant effects on followers. Case studies/current events, facilitated and cadet-led round-table discussion projects, and experiential exercises will allow the cadet to gain an in-depth understanding of leadership and its application across a variety of situations and contexts. Final exam, final project, or final paper. Prereq: Beh Sci 310. Sem Hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 412. Leading Team and Organizational Change. In this course, cadets will examine the perspectives, processes and guidelines relevant to leading change at the team and organizational levels. Specifically, cadets will explore topics in industrial psychology from the perspective of a company grade officer to learn how to select, train, motivate, and assess their airmen to build an effective team. Cadets will also explore topics in organizational psychology from the perspective of a field grade officer to understand the complexity of modern organizations and learn how to effectively lead an organizational change effort. In-class exercises, guest speakers, and group projects will be used to help cadets comprehend course concepts in the context of life at USAFA, so they may understand how to apply this knowledge to leading in the Air Force. Final exam, final project or final paper. Prereq: Beh Sci 310. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 440. Lifespan Development. This course examines how people develop physically, psychologically, socially, and cognitively from birth to death. It explores changes that are universal and changes that are unique to specific individuals. Developmental theories explaining these changes are presented. The course also focuses on the social context of development: "What is the impact of income, education, ethnicity, race, sex, culture, and historical time period on developmental outcomes?" Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 110. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 450. Developing Others as Leaders. This course provides cadets with the opportunity to develop the leadership skills of young or junior leaders in the community or at USAFA by planning, executing, and assessing a leader development workshop. As the course unfolds, cadets will draw upon their academy leadership development experiences (i.e., leadership coursework, military training, and character workshops) to build the training program, learn to lead and operate in a team environment with a real and compelling mission, practice developing subordinates as leaders, and experience the challenges of assessing a training program for continuous improvement. Final exam, final project, or final paper. Prereq: Beh Sci 411 and Beh Sci 412, or department approval. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 471. Engineering Psychology. This advanced course examines cognitive and human performance theories and their applications to human-machine integration in systems design. Special attention is given to the way humans perceive, understand, and respond to information. Application of course content will include the development of an experimental setting to test an applied research question. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Beh Sci 373. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 473. Human Factors Engineering in Systems Design. This capstone course emphasizes the role and responsibilities of the human factors engineer in the design and evaluation of systems. The course uses a combination of group, individual, and in-class design projects to explore the system design process. Particular attention is given to human characteristics and their effects on system performance. Final exam or final project. Prereq:
Beh Sci 471. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in the Behavioral Sciences. Final exam or final paper. Prereq: Department approval. Sem hrs and offering time determined by DFBL (no more than 3 sem hrs).

Beh Sci 498. Senior Capstone. An intensive seminar integrating foundational writings and modern theories across behavioral science disciplines to frame, assess, and develop recommendations related to current military issues. Cadet will participate in seminar discussions and team project management. Guest speakers, case studies, and/or field work will create additional opportunities to apply prior course work to current military issues. Final project and/or oral presentation. Prereq: First Class Cadet and Behavioral Sciences major or department head approval. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 499. Independent Study. Research or practicum in a specific area of behavioral science. Conducted on a tutorial basis. Final paper. Prereq: Department approval. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.
 Beh Sci 499A. Independent Study. 2(0). Sem hrs: 2 fall or spring.
 Beh Sci 499B. Independent Study. 1.5(0). Sem hrs: 1.5 fall or spring.
 Beh Sci 499C. Independent Study. 1(0). Sem hrs: 1 fall or spring

 

 

 

            
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