Behavioral and Social Science

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The degree program develops the skills needed for working in social services agencies, religious organizations and more.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral and Social Science is for students with a passion for helping people. Students will develop skills for working in a variety of settings such as:

  • social service agencies
  • group homes
  • crisis centers
  • mental health agencies
  • religious organizations
  • extended care facilities
  • substance abuse centers

This degree will position students interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

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Credit Hours: 120

Cost/Credit Hour: $430

Format: On-campus or Online

Est. Completion Time: 12-20 months

Course Requirements

The degree program develops the skills needed for working in social services agencies, religious organizations, extended care facilities and substance abuse centers. This is a 120 credit hour degree. A fully online option is available.


Career Example: Sociologist

If you are interested in a job in one of these fields, you will likely need at least a bachelor's degree. 

Employment of sociologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030. This is lower than the average for all occupations.

Even though there is limited employment growth over the decade (about 300 openings projected each year), these openings will be replacements for retirees or people changing fields.* (BLS)

The Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) says. “Sociologists will continue to be needed to apply sociological research to other disciplines. For example, sociologists may collaborate with researchers in other social sciences, such as economists, psychologists, and survey researchers, to study how social structures or groups influence policy decisions about health, education, politics, criminal justice, business, or economics.”

About Wages

In May 2020, the Occupational Outlook Handbook reported a median annual wage of $86,110 for this field.*

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of sociologists, for example, is projected to grow from 2020-2030 by 5 percent.* This is reported as “slower than average for all occupations.” The annual median wage is $86,110 in May 2020.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sociologists,
at (visited September 08, 2021).

How to Apply

  • Complete a free online application.
  • Meet with an admission counselor.
  • Send us your official college transcripts directly from the school to Bethel. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to
  • Complete the FAFSA using Bethel's school code: 001787 to be considered for state and federal need-based aid. 


Adult Nontraditional Program Tuition
$430 per credit hour
Fees (per semester)
Full-time undergraduate nontraditional students = $220
Part-time undergraduate students = $160

Financial Aid

Financial aid for adult and graduate students is available. Contact our Financial Aid Office at 574.807.7326 or to learn more about your options.


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A member of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60602
(800) 621-7440