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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.

Beh Sci 231. Basic Research Methods and Statistical Tools.
Introduces the integrated approach to statistics and empirical research. Topics include basic research design, APA statistical reporting, SPSS data analysis, descriptive measures, inferential statistics, and hypothesis testing.

  • Final exam.
  • 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.

Beh Sci 311. Team and Group Dynamics
In this course, students will sharpen the skills and understanding necessary to work effectively in groups and teams through case study analysis, collaborative projects, and group discussions. Through this approach, students will investigate and apply course concepts to challenges such as peer leadership, authority, roles and perceptions, motivation, and interpersonal dynamics.

  • Final exam and/or final project or final paper.
  • Coreq: Beh Sci 110 or department approval.
  • Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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.
Continues the integrated approach to statistical and experimental psychology, extending cadet experience into practical experimental design; methodological procedures are learned and applied in psychology and human factors experiments.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 110 and Beh Sci 231.
  • Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 335. Learning and Memory.
How does experience affect performance? This is the central question that has confronted learning theorists for several millennia; it is a question which dominated psychology for most of its first century. This course will examine learning and memory from a variety of historical theoretical perspectives. Cadets will test learning and memory notions 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. Biopsychology.
Examines the biological and neurophysiological foundations of human and animal behavior. Emphasis is on central nervous system mechanisms which mediate processes such as learning and memory, language, intelligence, sleep and arousal, reward and punishment, and human mental disorders. Special consideration is given to sensation and perception and topics which impact human factors design concerns.

  • 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 361. Social Problems, Issues, and Controversies.
Builds on foundational sociological perspectives and methodologies to extend the concepts of social order, social control, disorder, and deviance. These theoretical foundations then are applied to the study of contemporary problems and issues such as globalization, population dynamics, crime and delinquency, sexuality controversies, evolving family structures, and so on.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 358, Beh Sci 360, or department approval.
  • Sem hrs: 3 fall of even-numbered years.

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 of odd-numbered years.

Beh Sci 370. Cognitive Psychology.
This course familiarizes students with the cognitive approach to understanding human behavior which argues that human behavior can best be understood and predicted through a scientific understanding of mental activity. Topics include: perception, attention, memory, decision making, consciousness, and other processes related to thinking.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 110.
  • 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 non-traditional 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. Contemporary Leadership Theory and Practice.
This course explores the current trends and theories in leadership and leadership development from a scientific perspective, centering on the substantiated and promising concepts of transformational leadership, values-based leadership, servant leadership, and emotional intelligence, among others. Case studies/current events, facilitated and student-led round-table discussion projects, and experiential exercises will allow the student to gain an in-depth understanding of leadership and its application across a variety of situations and contexts.

  • Final exam and/or final project or final paper.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 310.
  • Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years

Beh Sci 412. Leading and Measuring Organizational and Personal Change.
The purpose of this course is to enhance understanding of the tools, process, and challenges of effective change. Students will learn basic assessment procedures and their application to leading organizational and personal change. Course content will focus on change theory, processes and 230 models including the role of change agents, personal and organizational diagnosis and intervention, problems and issues in organizational change, and job analysis and performance.

  • Final exam, final project, or final paper.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 310.
  • Sem hrs: 3 spring of odd-numbered years.

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. Advanced Topics in Leadership.
An advanced course designed to explore critical topics in leadership on a rotational basis to create a deeper and more robust understanding of the specific discipline. Particular course content and emphasis varies from year to year based on new and emerging research in the selected field of study. This course is designed primarily for the advanced student and will be conducted through a seminar/discussion model. A cadet can only take this course once.

  • Final exam and/or final project or final paper.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 411, Beh Sci 412, or department approval.
  • Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 460. Advanced Topics in Sociology.
An advanced course designed to explore specialized topics in sociology on a rotational basis with the intent of creating a deeper and more robust understanding of the specific discipline. Particular course content and emphasis varies from year to year based on new and emerging research in the selected field of study. This course is designed primarily for the advanced student and will be conducted through a seminar/discussion model. A cadet can only take this course once.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 358, Beh Sci 360, or department approval.
  • Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Beh Sci 470. Advanced Topics in Cognitive and Bio-Psychology.
An advanced course designed to explore specialized topics in cognitive and bio-psychology on a rotational basis with the intent of creating a deeper, more robust understanding of the specific discipline. Particular course content and emphasis varies from year to year based on new and emerging research in the field of study. This course is designed primarily for advanced students and will be conducted through a seminar/discussion model. A cadet can only take this course once.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 355, Beh Sci 370, 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 472. Human-Computer Interaction.
Survey of human-computer interaction concepts, theory, and practice. An interdisciplinary approach is implemented with emphasis on usability methods and the user interaction development process. The course covers iterative development of user interaction design including user requirements gathering, task analysis, design, prototyping, and evaluation. Emphasis is given to communications between users and system developers. Iterative hands-on development activities are practiced in the context of several team projects.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Comp Sci 110, Beh Sci 373, or department approval.
  • 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 480. Advanced Topics in Personality and Social Psychology.
An advanced course designed to explore specialized topics in personality and social psychology on a rotational basis with the intent of creating a deeper and more robust understanding of the specific discipline. Particular course content and emphasis varies from year to year based on new and emerging research in the selected field of study. This course is designed primarily for the advanced student and will be conducted through a seminar/discussion model.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 352, Beh Sci 380, or department approval.
  • Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Beh Sci 490. Counseling Theory and Skills for Leaders.
Integrates material learned in other Beh Sci courses and covers relevant counseling theories and models. The course emphasizes techniques relevant to military leadership counseling applications, such as: crisis intervention skills, solution-focused treatment, combat stress approaches, and critical incident stress debriefing methods.

  • Final exam or final project.
  • Prereq: Beh Sci 380.
  • 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 (not more than 3 sem hrs).

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 and offering time determined by DFBL (not more than 3 sem hrs).

 

 

 

 

            
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