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Behavioral Sciences

The Behavioral Sciences scientifically study human and animal behavior. Within Behavioral Sciences are several academic programs including Anthropology, Correctional Administration, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health Science.

Areas of Study

Anthropology

Anthropology is the “Science of Humanity" - the scientific study of humanity, examining human biology and culture today and in the past, and biological and cultural change through time.

Students with an Anthropology major concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Cultural Anthropology: The study of living peoples’ ways of life.
  • Biological/Physical Anthropology: The study of peoples and nonhuman primates as biological beings, both in the past and in the present.
  • Archaeology: The study of past peoples’s ways of life, through excavation and examination of artifacts.

Anthropologists can be found in a large array of careers, including in corporations, educational institutions, nonprofit associations and government.

For more on Anthropology, visit the American Anthropological Association.

Degree

Anthropology Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Correctional Administration & Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice education at Bakersfield College includes classes that will guide students toward careers in law enforcement and policing; the courts and the law; and state, local, and private corrections.

Students may earn an associate in arts degree with options in either law enforcement or corrections administration. A forensic science option is being developed.

Degrees

Human Services

Human Services is very broad. It is concerned with meeting human needs and improving the overall quality of people’s lives.

The field is interdisciplinary, meaning that knowledge from a variety of other fields of study is applied to the overall goal of helping people.

Degrees

Psychology

Psychology is the science that studies human behavior and mental processes. In many ways, you have been investigating human behavior all your life, and have many understandings (or perhaps misunderstandings) of why you and others act and think as they do!

Degree

Psychology Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Sociology

Sociology is the study of groups, institutions, social relationships and social problems in contemporary society.

The Sociology major prepares the student for careers in law, social work, human services, urban development, law enforcement agencies, public service, counseling, mental health, teaching and community service.

Degree

Sociology Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Public Health Sciences

Public health is the science and art of creating healthy communities through education, research and promotion of healthy lifestyles. There are a wide range of careers in public health across the private sector, such as insurance companies, clinics, foundations, and non-profits, and the public sector, such as county and city organizations.

More on the Public Health Science Program

Degree

Public Health Science Associate of Science Degree for Transfer