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Understanding Yourself and the World Around You

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES & LEADERSHIP

Your success in any field will depend largely on your understanding of yourself, others, and how teams work together. The Behavioral Sciences major lays the foundation for this understanding and allows cadets the opportunity to map a path of study through a diverse menu of courses aligned with their professional and educational goals.

The concentrations detailed below support Air Force-relevant competencies. Cadets may choose from one or more of the concentrations or design their own course of study in the major with the advice of an academic advisor. Recommended courses for each concentration can be obtained by contacting the department’s Advisor-in-Charge.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 14F – Military Information Support Operations Officer
  • 35P – Public Affairs
  • 62EXI – Developmental Engineer, Human Factors
  • 63A – Acquisitions
  • 64P – Contracting
Outside the Air Force
  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Public Relations
  • Victim’s Advocate
  • Caseworker (Child Welfare/Placement, Disability Policy)
  • Technician (Research, Psychiatric, Correctional Treatment)

Most non-rated AFSCs are available to cadets with a Behavioral Sciences Degree. All rated AFSCs are available to cadets who are medically qualified.

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Tools
  • Sociology of Violence and War
  • Class, Race and Gender
  • Leading Team and Organizational Change
  • Engineering Psychology
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4TH CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Astro Engr 310

Beh Sci 231

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Chem 200

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Law 220

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Beh Sci 332

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Biology 315

ECE 315

History 300

Philos 310

Academy Opt

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

Beh Sci Course

English 411

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

S/T Energy Sys Opt

Soc Sci 412

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

DEGREE CONCENTRATIONS

Clinical/Counseling Psychology Concentration: Integrates principles of the biological, psychological and sociocultural theories of human behavior to better understand and explain healthy functioning and development while also exploring the processes and strategies for alleviating dysfunction or distress. The course work for this concentration focuses on the cognitive, biological, psychological, social and behavioral aspects of human functioning across the lifespan. For cadets who want to better understand how to assist subordinates with the stresses and challenges of life in the Air Force or for cadets wanting to pursue graduate study in clinical or counseling psychology or social work.

Experimental Psychology Concentration: This concentration explores the breadth of the scientific roots of our discipline. Coursework emphasizes the rigorous implementation of the scientific method, especially those perspectives that are foundational to the laboratory study of psychology (e.g., sensation and perception, learning and cognition, and brain and behavior). These topics are the conceptual groundwork for most fields in psychology such as clinical/counseling psychology, social psychology/leadership studies, and human factors. For cadets who want to learn more about the core topics introduced in Beh Sci 110 and as preparation for cadets seeking a graduate degree in most psychology disciplines.

Leadership Concentration: The leadership concentration involves the scientific study of leadership in an organizational context focusing on the integration of theory and practice. The course work challenges cadets to expand the ways in which they understand and address complex issues and problems. Multiple leadership frameworks are engaged both academically and experientially as cadets explore how to lead teams and organizations effectively. For cadets who want to use a range of perspectives and theoretical constructs to analyze, critique, and make decisions about an array of leadership and organizational issues and problems. Cadets can apply the knowledge gained in this concentration to their experience as cadet leaders in the Cadet Wing. This concentration has direct relevance for a career as Air Force officers and as preparation for graduate study in Industrial/Organizational (i.e., Workplace) Psychology.

Sociocultural Concentration: The sociocultural concentration is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Given the complexities and intricacies of societies and the fact that all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious traditions; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of the common culture. This concentration develops cross-cultural competence and the ability to understand and analyze the cultures, beliefs, values, and institutions of foreign societies. For cadets who want to lead by deepening their understanding of Airmen and American society, who are interested in Influence and Information Operations or who are preparing for graduate work in sociology.

Human Factors Concentration: Human factors is a scientific discipline that is concerned with understanding how humans interact with their environment or a system. The focus is on answering real-world research questions to support the Warfighter. This is accomplished by understanding human capabilities and limitations and using that knowledge to increase safety, satisfaction, and reduce human error. The coursework focuses on human capabilities and limitations in a variety of disciplines including sensation and perception, cognition and decision making, individual differences, communication, physiology, neurophysiology, and ergonomics. For cadets who wish to enter aviation and space-related career fields and prepare for graduate study in human factors or ergonomics.

NOTE: This concentration is not an accredited engineering degree; cadets interested in graduating with a related accredited engineering degree should consider a Systems Engineering degree with a Human Factors emphasis.

Health Profession Concentration: The following health profession concentrations are available for Behavioral Science majors:

  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Dental
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Aerospace Physiology

The department will count three health profession courses toward Behavioral Sciences Electives. Biology 210 is a preferred core substitute for the pre-med/nursing, dental, physician assistant, and physical therapy concentrations. Interested cadets should contact the department Advisor-in-Charge and a Health Professions Advising Center (HP AC) advisor, located within the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, for additional registration information.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

Beh Sci 110 – Intro to Behavioral Sciences for Leaders:

  • AP Psychology Test = 5
  • B Psychology Test = 6/7
  • Grade of “A” in an Intro to Psychology Course taught at an accredited undergraduate level institution. Case-by-case considered; see the Behavioral Sciences 110 Course Director. “A-” or below not considered.

Other courses are available for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Advisor-in-Charge for more details.

FREQUENTLY USED FORMS & TOOLS

Behavioral Sciences Major Checklist

Air Force Medical Careers Available to Cadets

Clinical Psychology Scholarships

DFBL Brochure

MCAT FAQ Sheet

Research-Based Beh Sci 499 Coordination/Approval Coversheet

STEaM-Based Beh Sci 499 Coordination/Approval Coversheet

CONTACT US

Capt Daniel Moore
DFBL Advisor-in-Charge
daniel.moore@usafa.edu
(719) 333-2514

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