Behavioral Science - Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Behavioral Science is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree in a social science. The degree also provides the academic background required to seek entry-level work in human service positions. In addition to general education, students will take three required courses covering foundational topics in multiple related disciplines. They will also take three electives giving them broad academic experience in psychology, sociology and criminology. Students interested in social services but unsure of which discipline to pursue should consider the flexibility and exploration opportunities this program offers.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Study patterns of human behavior
Fight for social justice
Pursue a bachelor’s degree in a related field
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 2.3 Years
Credits: 62*
Graduation Retention Rate: 60%*

Possible Careers

Social worker
Human resources specialist
Market researcher
Grant writer

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program Specific Courses
credit hours
Program Specific Electives
credit hours
Program Emphasis

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Amy Shelley
Behavioral Health Support Program Director


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.