College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Pursue your passion of making a difference in the lives of others with our online bachelor’s behavioral science degrees. Develop a well-rounded foundation in helping professions and gain valuable skills for careers in human services, social work, correctional services and more. Our curriculum provides you with a problem-solving methodology to address personal, social and organizational issues. And you can also choose to play a role in advocating for and advancing human rights and behavioral health.
The best part? Most courses are 100% online and only 5 weeks long with fieldwork at an agency in your community. That means you’ll have the flexibility to attend class whenever it fits your life. It’s a smart, convenient way to balance family, work and school.
BLS CATEGORY: Social and Community Service Managers
JOB GROWTH: 12%
Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for social and community service managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031
The Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services is an educational degree program that provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of correctional program support services. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a correctional officer, social worker, or counselor.
BLS CATEGORY: Social Workers
JOB GROWTH: 9%
Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for social workers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
The Bachelor of Science in Social Work is an undergraduate degree program that provides a foundation in social work theory and teaches the application of professional social work values, principles, standards and techniques to educationally prepare graduates to pursue state licensure or certification as a bachelor’s-level social worker in select states. Licensure requirements vary by state. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to become a social worker. See the licensure requirements and contact information for your state.
You’ll take 14 core courses with program-specific knowledge to help you gain the confidence and skills to pursue roles in the field of behavioral sciences. These core courses include topics like: criminal justice, foundations of criminal behavior, social psychology, case planning and management and program facilitation skills.
You’ll take 20 core courses with program-specific knowledge to help you gain the confidence and skills to pursue roles in the field of social work. These core courses include topics like: communication techniques, human behavior, social work practice, social advocacy, research and evaluation.
From grants and scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition.
“[University of] Phoenix was there for me every step of the way. I became even more dedicated, inspired, and extremely motivated to finish school to pursue things that are greater than myself.”
BS in Correctional Program Support Services, 2021
Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you.
Once you’ve selected your degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you’ll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.
Learn from accomplished, real-world faculty members who lead in the fields they teach. Our instructors go through a careful vetting process before joining our faculty ranks. They include industry leaders who encourage, challenge and inspire our students. And with a student-faculty ratio of 32:1 , you’ll get the attention you need.
 This is a university-wide ratio. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences student-faculty ratio may vary.
University of Phoenix’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
The published program length to complete a bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree is 4.25 years. Your time to completion could differ based on various factors, including any breaks from your coursework. You may be able to save time and money on your degree if you have eligible transfer credits from an accredited institution. See how you might be able to graduate faster with transfer credits.
If you want to study human behavior and enjoy helping people, a career in the behavioral sciences may be incredibly rewarding for you. You can establish an interdisciplinary foundation to help you prepare for graduate-level programs or fulfilling career paths in social work (when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work), human services, correctional services and more.
Yes. University of Phoenix is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our Bachelor of Science in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Plus, our undergraduate social work program educationally prepares graduates to pursue state licensure or certification as a bachelor’s-level social worker in select states.
Yes, our bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree programs accept eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Speak with an enrollment representative to start the process of evaluation by the University to see if your prior college credits can apply to your program and to request your transcripts.
Our bachelor’s behavioral sciences degree programs can prepare you for various occupations, such as a caseworker, case manager, program eligibility specialist, child protective services social worker (when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work), social services assistant and family service worker. Other career paths in the field of behavioral sciences may require a master’s degree or specialized education. If you’d like to further your education after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a related graduate program.