Jan 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Behavioral Sciences Division

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Division Chair Ethan McMahan

The Behavioral Sciences Division is responsible for majors and minors in Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood and Psychology.


To create lifelong learners utilizing the scientist-practitioner model. Students gain competence in accessing, evaluating and integrating sources of knowledge within their field. Graduates of our program will understand the scientific foundations of their discipline and the core knowledge/concepts in the field.

Programs in the division provide opportunities for professional development, service to the community and practicum experiences in preparation for graduate study and/or work in a variety of fields.

Graduates will be able to apply such knowledge and skills in a manner consistent with an understanding of professional standards of ethical behavior. They will be prepared to interact effectively with others and resolve issues that face us as a society, a nation and a world.

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to integrate knowledge of their field and develop critical thinking/scientific method research skills.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge, skills and values to meet the needs of others and self in personal and career development.
  3. Demonstrate respect and sensitivity to physiological, psychological and social aspects of individuals within changing political, cultural, economic and sociohistorical contexts.

More detailed program information, including program admission requirements can be obtained by contacting the division office at 503-838-8344 or visit our website at wou.edu/behavioralsciences/.

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