You’ve always been a keen observer of human nature. Nothing gets by you. You can tell when folks aren’t quite truthful, and you know exactly who ate that last cookie.

There’s a saying in the Talmud that reads, “Wherever you look, there is something to be seen.”  You look, and you’ve always seen more. At Texarkana College, let us help you see more opportunity.

Take your ability and turn it into a thriving career with a degree in Behavioral Science.

We can help you gain in-depth understanding of human behavior, and learn how it is shaped by factors like biology, social groups, and culture.

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Behavioral Science

The following is a suggested course of study which will satisfy the requirements for this Associate of Arts degree at Texarkana College.


Freshman Year

First Semester Hours
EDUC/PSYC 1300 (core)
Learning Framework
ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
HIST 1301 (core)
United States History I
MATH 1324 or MATH 1314 or MATH 1332 (core)
Math for Business & Social Sciences or
Math for Liberal Arts or College Algebra
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 1302 (core)
Composition II
GOVT 2305 (core)
Federal Government
HIST 1302 (core)
United States History II
Pick one: Creative Arts (any core course)
ARTS 1301, DRAM 1310 / 2366, or MUSI 1306
Art Appreciation or Introduction to Theater or
Film Appreciation or Music Appreciation
SPCH 1315 (core)
Public Speaking
Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours
GOVT 2306 (core)
Texas Government
PSYC 2308
Child Psychology
SOCI 1301
Introductory Sociology
BIOL 1308+1108* (core)
Biology for Non-Science Majors I + lab
Pick one: Language, Philosophy, & Culture (core)
ENGL 2332 / 2333 or HIST 2321 / 2322 or PHIL 2306
World Literature I/II or World Civilizations I/II or Introduction to Ethics
Total 16
Second Semester Hours
PSYC 2314
Lifespan Growth and Development
BIOL 1309+1109*
Biology for Non-Science Majors II + lab
SOCI 2301
Marriage and Family
Elective 4
Behavioral Science AA Total

* TAMUT-T requires PSYC 2308 for education majors.
Consult the catalog of the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer.

To learn more, please contact us.

Alyce Bunting, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator & Sociology Professor
(903) 823-3222
Michelle Smith, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator & Psychology Faculty
(903) 823-3264
Dixon Boyles, Ed.D.
Dean of Business & Social Sciences
(903) 823-3192

Behavioral Science Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

PSYC 2301 A - General Psychology (3,3,0).

General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

PSYC 2308 A - Child Growth and Development (3,3,0).

This course will address psychological development from conception through middle childhood with references to physical, cognitive, social and personality changes. Students will examine the interplay of biological factors, human interaction, social structures and cultural forces in development. Prerequisite: none; PSYC 2301 recommended.

PSYC 2314 A - Lifespan Growth and Development (3,3,0).

Lifespan Growth and Development is a study of social, emotional, cognitive and physical factors and influences of a developing human from conception to death.

SOCI 1301 A - Introductory Sociology (3,3,0).

The scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology. Analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.