OTC Behavioral Sciences Department

The mission of the behavioral science department is to educate students in these disciplines who can apply that knowledge to pursue professional interests, acquire academic skills to transfer, and to enrich personal life.  Our faculty are committed to providing a personal classroom experience that presents a knowledge base in the behavioral sciences, promotes critical thinking and problem solving, and raises social awareness and personal consciousness that lead to social action and social change for the betterment of the community, society, and the individual.


Goal 1 – Knowledge Base of Behavioral Science


  1. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in behavioral science
  2. Develop a working knowledge of behavioral sciences content domains
  3. Describe applications of behavioral science

Goal 2 – Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking


  1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret phenomena
  2. Demonstrate behavioral science information literacy
  3. Engage in innovate and integrative thinking and problem solving
  4. Interpret, design, and conduct basic research
  5. Incorporate sociocultural factors into scientific inquiry

Goal 3 – Ethical and Social Responsibility


  1. Apply ethical standards to evaluate science and practice
  2. Build an enhance interpersonal relationships
  3. Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

Goal 4 –Communication


  1. Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
  2. Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
  3. Interact effectively with others

Goal 5 – Professional Development


  1. Apply behavioral science content and skills to career goals
  2. Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
  3. Refine project management skills
  4. Enhance teamwork capacity
  5. Develop meaningful professional direction for life after gradation