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  • B.S. in Behavioral Science: Gerontology

    Demand has never been higher for professionals who specialize in gerontology
    Learn the skills you need to excel in a rewarding and growing field.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Behavioral Science: Gerontology B.S. 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 Gerontology must complete:

  • BHSC 244 Social Psychology
  • BHSC 226 Computers Soc/Behv Sciences
  • BHSC 282 Strategies Elder Care Provider
  • BHSC 348 Methodology Soc/Beh Sciences
  • BHSC 399 Internship Soc/Beh Sciences
  • BHSC 426 Classics Soc/Beh Sciences
  • PSYN 232 Health Psychology
  • PSYN 315 Aging & Mental Health

or

  • PSYN 239 Adult Development and Aging
  • SOCL 271 Med Sociology: Hlth Care Modrn

and

three 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
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.
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.
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.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?
No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.
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.
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.
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.
Dorothy Cali Balancio Professor, Sociology
Mary Kraetzer Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Gordon Welty Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Chelsea Kuo Assistant Professor, Sociology
Deborah Aikens Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral Science: Gerontology Overview

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 and or occupation involving people, in multiple settings including education, human services, business, government and law enforcement.

Mercy's Behavioral Science program provides a combination of structure and flexibility with a 36-credit major that includes 4 required courses and 8 elective courses. Representative required courses include: Computers for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Psychology, Methodology for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Classics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. All Health Services Management students choose from electives that enable them to tailor their program to his or her particular interests and career goals, in subjects such as: Industrial Psychology, Medical Sociology, Health Care Organization and Management, and Medical Ethics. Additionally, the program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.

Behavioral Science: Gerontology FAQS

Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?
No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.
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.

Behavioral Science: Gerontology Fast Facts

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

Program Outcomes

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

  • Apply psychological and sociological concepts to career goals
  • 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
  • Describe the services available and needed to provide for the well-being of the elderly