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Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Sciences

The Applied Behavioral Sciences major is an interdisciplinary social science program that equips graduates with a solid academic foundation to enter careers where the graduate’s unique knowledge of relationships, problem-solving, ethics, and conflict resolution provides a framework for effectively working with diverse populations of people.   Professions that find this degree useful are first responders, security personnel, parole officers and guards as well others who plan to work in the human services arena and social services agencies both public and private. The curriculum is designed for students who are interested in providing direct service to individuals in need of assistance. 

The BS-ABS degree is offered to traditional students as well as those already employed in the field to improve their educational background and skills, thereby increasing job mobility. BS-ABS is also offered in a part-time format for non-traditional learners under our Expressway Accelerated Degree Program. The traditional student will find the BS-ABS major flexible in accommodating study abroad, immersion programs and internships. In addition, the BS-ABS degree provides an excellent background for advanced degree pursuit in the fields of human services, criminal justice, psychology, counseling, and social work. 

Program Delivery
The program, for other than expressway students, is delivered in the traditional format of classroom work with an adviser to assist students in maximizing their learning experience. It is a four year degree program for traditional students and can be combined with a higher degree in Physical Therapy or other Master's level programs such as the Master in Social Work which Temple University offers on the Misericordia Campus.

What will I be able to do with a degree in Applied Behavior Sciences (ABS)?
• Enter the expanding social service workforce including public and private agencies including law enforcement
• Take advantage of opportunities that exist in a variety of human service areas including community outreach, nursing homes, mental health, addictions, aging, children and families, veterans, working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
• Build on the solid MU academic foundation and continue to graduate study in counseling, psychology, and social work
• Succeed in a wide range of challenging careers spanning the federal, state, local, and private sectors including work with profit and non-profit agencies


Contact our admissions department at (570) 674-6791

Oversight of the BS-ABS

Dr. Peggy Rapp ( or(570)674-6260 has academic oversight of the program. She is available at the email or number listed.