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NAU Yavapai

Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior, Bachelor of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

The Applied Human Behavior Program (AHBY) at Northern Arizona University-Yavapai is a unique and timely three-year degree that prepares you to work in the behavioral health fields, including social services, child and family advocacy, public policy or human resources. The Applied Human Behavior Program examines operational aspects of social systems and how they impact behavior, as well as how practitioners can develop solutions to social issues within an organization.

Classes are taught by expert faculty with advanced degrees and experience in the human behavior field. Take classes that center around your career goals, including:

Human Relationships

Institutions, Stratification and Social Systems

Deviant Behavior


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior ?

Understanding how and why we as humans behave as we do allows us to creatively suggest solutions for the many problems we have getting along with others and coping with the fast-changing world in which we live.

This emphasis provides entry level professional preparation for a vast array of human and social services, work in human resources, and not-for-profit organizations. It also delivers an excellent foundation for graduate study in counseling, social service, law, medicine and a host of other professional pursuits.


With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Community Organizing & Activism
  • Case Management
  • Clinical Practice and Counseling
  • Behavioral Health

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 30 units of Applied Human Behavior specialization requirements
  • Completion of a Concentration, Minor or Certificate
  • Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science Requirements 

  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MATY 142
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Purpose Statement

Students attending the Applied Human Behavior program will explore what motivates behavior, how relationships and social systems impact individual development, and how helping professionals can assist individuals in living successful and fulfilling lives. Students will graduate this program with the primary skills necessary to enter the social service and helping professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Theory: Program Graduates will have a fundamental understanding of the most significant Sociological, Social Justice, Social Work and Psychological models of understanding human behavior.
  • Diversity & Culture: Course work provides students with a holistic approach to all theoretical and current relevant data including global perspectives and a multi-cultural approach to individual and collective human issues.
  • Service Learning: Applied Human Behavior Facilitators will increase student competency and understanding through important service learning components. Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts and modalities to real world issues through individual and team community experience.
  • Self-exploration: Students will conduct self-exploration, professional exploration, and show career readiness through the blended course format, team work, service learning, active course projects, and community internship experience.
  • Person Centered Practice: Course work reflects a psycho-social perspective on theory, assessment, and intervention that provides career readiness when working in interdisciplinary treatment teams in a wide variety of careers and professional positions.
  • Practice & Intervention: Program graduates will be familiar with primary understandings of human development, the life cycle, familial and relationship dynamics, clinical mental health in children and adults, and related interventions.
  • Professional Preparedness: Program coursework emphasizes current professional practical skills including documentation, care planning and case work, and management in diverse communities.
  • Justice and Social Responsibility: Graduates will have a particular awareness of the impact of global and social issues, community development, poverty, and stratified economics, on individuals and communities.


  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students with a completed IGETC from a California Community College will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
Major Requirements
  • Choose one of the following (3 units):

Certificate Requirements
  • Complete an NAU-Yavapai undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) in an area outside of your Specialization.

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Communication courses (6 units):

    Choose 6 units in the following two categories

    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):

    • Theory-based course:

  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Science Requirement (18 units)
    • Select from the following (12 units):

      • Courses with Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics prefixes.
  • Please note that other courses must be approved by the program director.

  • AND

    Computer Literacy (6 units)

    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software.

    • Select ISM 120 or BBA 293 (3 units)
    • Complete 3 units of advisor approved coursework including the CIS or CS prefix (3 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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