Behavioural Science


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Behavioural Science—BHS for short—is an interdisciplinary program of sociology and psychology. Through psychology you’ll examine how individuals perceive, develop within, and act upon the world. Through sociology you’ll examine how groups and cultures create their own social worlds and how those worlds affect the people who are a part of them. You’ll learn how sociology and psychology intersect in human behaviour, and your learning in one will complement the other. You’ll not only take fascinating classes and do interesting research, you’ll also put your learning to work by doing a community practicum.

So, here's the deal:

Take five courses per semester for four years, and you'll complete your Behavioural Science degree [courses are worth 3 credits and 3 x 5 x 2 x 4 = 120 credits].

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Science with [120] credits:

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Behavioural Science Core Courses

These courses give you a solid understanding of your discipline:

  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Seminar in Behavioural Science
  • Basic Multivariate Statistics
  • Practicum I
  • Practicum II
  • Three Psychology courses
  • Three Sociology courses
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Behavioural science requirements

Specialize within BHS by taking at least three credits in each of the following areas:

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Arts & Science Required Courses
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • The Christian Faith
  • One senior Christian Studies course
  • Introduction to Literature and Language
  • One Fine Arts course
  • Word History to 1500 or World History Since 1500
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Two Science courses
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Arts & Science Electives

Select courses on an individual basis, or choose a minor to complement your core program of study -- from Poverty Studies to Kinesiology, there are lots of options.

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Open Electives

Take courses from any department at Ambrose.


A three-year [90 credit] version of this degree is also available.

Your Future

This is your career

Within your Behavioural Science degree, you can specialize in one of six areas: cognitive neuroscience, culture and society, family and community, human development, religion and social science, or deviance and society.

This is where you can go

Here's a sampling of the jobs our alumni have landed with this degree or entered through further studies:

  • Child and youth worker
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Counselor
  • Teacher or professor
  • Police worker
  • Registered psychologist


of grads surveyed are using their degree by working in the field or pursuing further degrees

Beyond the Classroom

A BHS practicum gives you hands-on experience applying your classroom learning in real life. You’ll develop practical skills while you explore possibilities for your future and meet people who work in fields you’re interested in.



Alex Sanderson, PhD, MSc, BA

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 5907
Associate Professor of Psychology
Behavioural Science Program Chair
Joel Thiessen Professor of Sociology

Joel Thiessen, PhD, MA, BA

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 2979
Professor, Sociology
Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute
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Monetta Bailey, PhD, MA, BA

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Assistant Professor of Sociology
Alan Ho Associate Professor of Psychology

Alan Ho, PhD, MSc, BSc

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 5911
Associate Professor of Psychology

Shawn Crawford, PhD, MEd, BSc

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6928
Lecturer, Psychology
James Cresswell Associate Professor of Psychology

James Cresswell, PhD, BA

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6904
Associate Professor of Psychology