Anthropology Department

BA - Behavioral Science

Behavioral science majors develop an interdisciplinary perspective on human behavior and an understanding of psychological, social and cultural dimensions to being human in a complex society. Offered cooperatively by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, the Behavioral Science Program is housed in the Department of Anthropology, which overseas academic advising. The program prepares graduates for a variety of jobs that require working with social science data and with people. Many of our alumni have pursued careers in human resources, social work, counseling, sales and marketing and law enforcement.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major48
Core Courses15
ANTH 011. Cultural AnthropologyD13
ANTH 193. Behavioral Science in Practice3
ANTH 193 can also be taken as PSYC 193 and SOCI 193
PSYC 001. Introduction to PsychologyD13
SOCI 001. Introduction to SociologyD13
Complete three units from:
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
SOCI 015. Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesB43
SOCI 015 can also be taken as SOCS 015
SOCI 102. Introduction to Statistics3
UNVS 015F and UNVS 015S may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.
Methods Requirement
Students must complete at least one of the following courses: ANTH 149, ANTH 165, PSYC 018, PSYC 120, or SOCI 104. A 3-unit maximum of individual studies may be used to meet the degree requirements.
Three courses (at least 2 upper division) which may include
ANTH 149. Ethnographic Methods3
ANTH 165. Historical Archaeology3
ANTH 168. Archaeological Methodology3
Three courses in psychology (at least 2 upper division) which may include
PSYC 018. Introduction to Research Methods3
PSYC 120. Advanced Research Methods and Design4
SOCI 101. Social Theory3
Two additional upper division sociology courses which may include
SOCI 104. Quantitative Research Methods3
Area Specialization6
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see advisor for more details.
Two additional upper division anthropology, psychology, or sociology courses, except SJSU Studies Area R, S, or V courses, approved by Behavioral Science advisor.
University Electives25
At least one unit must be Upper Division course.

Total Units:120