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BS in Behavioral Health Science - Childhood & Adolescence Disorders

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders degree have the opportunity to learn about childhood and adolescent development and behavior. Read on to learn more about this degree and related career opportunities.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in enrolling in the BS in Behavioral Science degree program with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders should have a strong interest in studying in-depth the typical development and behaviors of children and adolescents as well as common childhood and adolescent disorders. Applicants to Grand Canyon University should be at least 16 years old.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's BS in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders is intended to give students a firm foundation in childhood and adolescent development, behavior, and disorders. Students have the opportunity to lean how these areas can be impacted by an individual's biology, emotions, and environment, as well as the best ways to treat common disorders or problematic behaviors. This degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in fields such as counseling, health and human services, government, or law enforcement. Completion of this degree may qualify students to continue their studies by applying to a graduate degree program in one of these fields or working towards licensure to practice counseling or therapy.

Learning Format:

Online or on campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders:

Required courses for this degree program include the completion of 34-40 credits fulfilling general education requirements, 56 major-related credits, and 24-30 open elective credits. Specific degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (34-40 credits)

  • University Foundation (4 credits)--choose between the following:
    • Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab (4 credits)
    • University Success (4 credits)
    • University Success in the College of Education (4 credits)
  • Effective Communication (9-12 credits)--choose between the following (must include 3 credits on English grammar or composition)
    • 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy (4 credits)
    • English Composition I (4 credits)
    • English Composition II (4 credits)
  • Christian Worldview (4 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (11-12 credits)--choose between the following:
    • Applications of College Algebra (4 credits)
    • College Mathematics (4 credits)
    • 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (4 credits)
    • Environmental Science (4 credits)
  • Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics (6-8 credits)--choose between the following:
    • U.S. History Themes (4 credits)
    • General Psychology (4 credits)
    • Everyday Sociology (4 credits)
  • Open Elective Credits (24-30)

Program Core Courses (56 credits)

  • Foundations of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Counseling Theories (4 credits)
  • Group Dynamics and Process (4 credits)
  • Ethics of Behavioral Health (4 credits)
  • Cultural and Social Diversity in Behavioral Health (4 credits)
  • Human Development (4 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 credits)
  • Report Writing, Research, and Information Literacy in Behavioral Health (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Family Dynamics (4 credits)
  • Understanding Trauma (4 credits)
  • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Childhood and Adolescent Physical and Behavioral Health (4 credits)
  • Professional Capstone Project (4 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science degree program with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders may decide to continue their education by earning a graduate degree that may qualify them to pursue careers in areas such as mental health counseling, criminal justice, or clinical or forensic psychology. Relevant master's degree programs offered by Grand Canyon University that graduates of this degree may be qualified to apply for include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders (among other specializations)
  • Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology/ General Psychology/ Life Coaching/ and more

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders is designed to prepare students for careers in areas such as counseling, health and human services, government, or law enforcement. Please note that most positions as a counselor, therapist, or teacher require additional education and certification. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in this field may be qualified to work in one of the positions below (specific requirements for applicants are dependent on the hiring organization):

  • Case coordinator/manager for mental or behavioral healthcare organizations
  • Behavior therapist/technician
  • Research assistant
  • Foster care caseworker

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