Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) with a concentration in Behavioral Health Research (BHR)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 44.0000

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


Major Description

Behavioral health problems, such as mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientifically-based approaches are available to treat and prevent many behavioral health problems. Students will be exposed to treatment approaches as well as to issues in the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. The emphasis of the curricula is on practices that have been scientifically validated and the delivery of services within the context of current funding, policies and trends.

Students must also demonstrate behaviors that are congruent with the professional standards and values of the profession. Students desiring a career in this field should be aware that fingerprinting, a background check, and drug screen may be required to work in this field. Failure to pass one of these checks would be cause to terminate a student from the major. Students may be responsible for any associated costs.

Concentration Description

This concentration will prepare students for graduate school and research careers in the field of behavioral healthcare. Building on lower level courses in statistics and research methods, the research concentration will enhance student's knowledge and skills for conducting scientific research in the field of behavioral healthcare.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

It is strongly recommended that those students seeking the Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare complete prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. (These courses may also be used to fulfill FKL requirements for entering freshmen.) The state mandated common course prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C (not C-) or better.

  • PSY X012 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • STA XXXX Any level Statistics course or PSY X204 Psychological Statistics
  • SYG X000 Introduction to Sociology or SYG X010 Contemporary Social Problems

Total Major Hours: 37 Hours

Major Core Courses - 22 Hours

  • MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services*
  • PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology (or equivalent with Department approval)
  • MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community or MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
  • MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
  • MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
  • MHS 4452 Co-Occurring Disorders
  • MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues in BHC
  • *MHS 3411 should be taken during student's first semester of major coursework; a minimum grade of "B-" is required.

Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours

  • IDS 1505 Introduction to Research in BCS
  • MHS 4741 Applied Research Methods
  • MHS 4912 Independent Research in Behavioral Health
  • MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in BCS
  • Department Approved Elective (consult wtih advisor for options) (3 credits)

Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours

MHS 3XXX or 4XXX Behavioral Healthcare Elective (consult with an academic advisor) options include:

  • MHS 3062 Behavioral Healthcare Services for Older Adults
  • MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community
  • MHS 4023 Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services
  • MHS 4434 Behavioral Health and the Family
  • MHS 4452 Co-Occurring Disorders
  • MHS 4453 Applied Psychopharmacology in Drug Abuse and Dependency
  • MHS 4454 Alcohol Drugs and Crime
  • MHS 4455 Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • MHS 4463 Suicide Issues in Behavioral Health
  • MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
  • MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in BHC
  • MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in Behavioral and Community Sciences
  • MHS 4931 Selected Topics

Additional Major Requirements

Major GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in major coursework while enrolled in the program. Students falling below the 2.50 GPA requirement will be allowed no more than one semester to improve their GPA to the threshold.

Major Course Grade Requirement

MHS 3411 requires a minimum grade of "B-".

Major Grade Requirement

A grade of lower than "C-" in Behavioral Health major courses will not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the major.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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