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  • B.A. in Behavioral Science: Community Health

    Making community health a priority
    Prepare for a variety of career options in public policy, community development, individual and global health issues, and more.
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan & Online

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Behavioral Science: Community Health B.A. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Behavioral Science 36 Credits
Open Electives 24 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Behavioral Science with a Specialization in Community Health must complete:

  • BHSC 244 Social Psychology
  • BHSC 226 Computers Soc/Behv Sciences
  • BHSC 271 Med Sociology: Hlth Care Modrn
  • BHSC 348 Methodology Soc/Beh Sciences
  • BHSC 426 Classics Soc/Beh Sciences
  • PSYN 232 Health Psychology
  • SOCL 308 Hlth Care Organizat/Management
  • SOCL 366 Medical Ethics


four elective courses selected under advisement from the major offerings in Psychology and/or Sociology numbered 200 and above.

At least two major courses in Psychology and two major courses in Sociology must be completed in residence at Mercy College. BHSC 370 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. BHSC/ PSYN/ SOCL 399 Internship is recommended.

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Behavioral Science.

PSYN 101 and SOCL 101 are prerequisites for the major courses in Psychology and Sociology and fulfill part of the General Education requirements.

Academic Program Sequence Map
Is this program offered online?
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?
No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.
How can the behavioral science major help me define my path?
Within the Behavioral Science, opportunities to help you decide what you want to do after college abound. A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.
I am a transfer student. Is the Behavioral Science major feasible for me?
Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 electives which means that courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and may be credited toward your major. Such courses may also be counted as electives.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
What can I do with a Behavioral Science major?
You’ll be prepared for employment in education, human services, business, government and law enforcement. A Behavioral Science major helps to prepare a person for any occupation involving people.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What is the specialization in Community Health?
The specialization in Community Health provides courses within the Behavioral Sciences that have to do with health, wellness and health promotion.
Can I take a combination of campus and online courses?
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Where is this program offered?
The Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses.
Dorothy Cali Balancio Professor
Gordon Welty Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Chelsea Yi-Hsuan Kuo Assistant Professor, Sociology
Deborah Aikens Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral Science: Community Health Overview

The Behavioral Science major with Specialization in Community Health is designed to provide a program of study for people who are interested in improving the health and well-being of people in the community. The credits of the specialization are part of the 36 credits of the major. The specialization focuses your major and gives you knowledge and experiences that are directed toward an eventual goal of being a community health educator.

The Behavioral Science major is a very feasible choice of major for transfer students, as it is possible that classes you may have already taken will count towards either required or elective courses. Additionally, the program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.

Behavioral Science: Community Health FAQS

Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?
No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.

Behavioral Science: Community Health Fast Facts

  • Flexible schedule
  • Study your specific interests
  • Experienced professors
  • Various internship opportunities

Career Opportunities

This program is appropriate for anyone who is interested in improving the health of individuals in the community. Representative career opportunities include: Wellness Coordinator, Health Educator or Health Program Coordinator.


Mercy College's Bachelor of Science program in Behavioral Science is designed for students who wish to broaden their major field to include both Psychology and Sociology. The Behavioral Science major provides a lifetime's worth of useful insights and information about how individuals behave at home, at school, in the workplace and in the community. This helps to prepare a student for any job or occupation involving people, in multiple settings including education, human services, business, government and law enforcement.

Mercy College offers a multidisciplinary major in Behavioral Science with a specialization in Community Health ideal for those who are interested in improving the health and well being of people in the community. Classes are offered at the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry campus and online. Mercy's faculty is comprised of highly qualified and professional instructors who bring many years of practical experience to the classroom and are able to prepare you to succeed in the workplace.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe the major health issues facing American society
  • Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools
  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies, focusing on social and personal awareness
  • Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories and research results to personal, cultural, and organizational situations