Behavioral Sciences

Do you enjoy helping others? With the behavioral sciences certificate, you will explore and better understand the effects of human actions and relationships between individuals in the family, workplace and society. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with people in many organizations. Jobs involve helping people to resolve issues, better connect to others, find necessary services and boost everyday life skills.

  • This flexible program allows students to choose their focus based on their career goals – psychology, sociology, political science or law enforcement.
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Behavioral Sciences Certificate

This certificate is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions as psychology majors. Certificate graduates could also find entry-level employment as clinic technicians in human services fields. This coursework also fulfills many general education requirements for the Associate in Arts degree. Students should verify requirements with their transfer institutions.

Sample Courses

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

The discipline and its contributions to understanding the fundamental processes of social interaction. Includes development of self, socialization process, groups and social structure. Application of sociological principles to our society by examination of relevant research.

Certificate Details


This certificate is designed for those interested in transferring to a university.

With the certificate, students may find work as human services or social services assistants, with median wages averaging about $30,140 annually, or psychiatric technicians, $36,230 annually. Speak with a student success navigator to learn more. 


Jobs in human services and behavioral health are expected to increase in the coming years.

  • Psychiatric Technicians & aides will see 11 percent growth in the coming years.


Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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