SAR: Behavior & Health

Boston-London Program–Class of 2023

Sample Pathway

Behavior & health gives students a strong foundation in the social and behavioral sciences that will prepare them for entry roles in health care organizations, education, and social and human service organizations; and for advanced study in related professional fields. The program enables students to explore a variety of options in the health and social services arena and to develop a specialization in a particular area to meet the prerequisite requirements for graduate study at Boston University in fields such as occupational therapy, behavioral medicine, social work, and special education. Careful selection of appropriate courses will prepare students to pursue graduate studies in related fields such as anthropology, sociology, disability studies, and law. Prof. Nancy Lowenstein directs the behavior & health program.

Below is an example of a four-year plan of a College of General Studies student pursuing a degree in behavior & health. Students will work with their CGS academic advisors and Sargent College to plan their own pathway to a behavior & health degree.

Gap Semester Identify a general psychology course to fulfill the CAS PS 101 requirement and follow the pre-approval process for transferring this course.
  Semester I Semester II
Freshman Year* CGS RH 103
CGS SS 103
CAS MA 113
Behavioral Science Course
CGS Required Courses (London semester)
Sophomore Year* CGS HU 201
CGS NS 201
CGS SS 201
SAR HP 412
CGS HU 202
CAS BI 210
SAR HP 252 
Behavioral Science Course
Junior Year CAS BI 211
SAR HP 225 (2cr)
SAR HP 305 
Behavioral Science Course
Specialty Elective
CAS PH 251
SAR HP 320 (2cr)
SAR HP 500
SAR HP 353
Behavioral Science Course
Senior Year Practicum/internship (4 credits) and 7 elective courses distributed among the following areas depending on interest: anthropology, foreign language, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, criminal justice, any Sargent topic, or public health.

*Sargent recommends that students take the specific CGS courses to fulfill the greatest number of major and BU Hub requirements.

Behavioral science options include: Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology (all in CAS). The specialty focus is related to the student’s interests and anticipated career path. It is developed in consultation with the student’s advisor by the end of the junior year.

College of General Studies Program Requirements

  • Two rhetoric courses: CGS RH 103 and CGS RH 104
    • CGS RH 104 is taken during the London semester
  • Two natural science courses: CGS NS 201 and CGS NS 202
    • CGS NS 201 fulfills the CAS BI 105 requirement for the major. Behavior & health majors in good standing will take CAS BI 210 in place of CGS NS 202.
  • Three social science courses:
    • CGS SS 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional SS courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection
    • Behavior & health majors who complete CGS SS 103 and CGS SS 104 will fulfill the CAS SO 100 requirement
  • Three humanities courses:
    • CGS HU 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional HU courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection 

Continuation Requirements

  • Completion of the CGS required courses and appropriate electives
  • Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00

Graduation Requirements

  • BU Hub requirements
    • Students who take the specific CGS courses noted on the pathway above will fulfill all BU Hub requirements except the units listed below. These remaining Hub units will be fulfilled through the following courses:
    • Creativity/Innovation (1 unit) fulfilled by CAS BI 210 – Effective spring 2020
    • Quantitative Reasoning II fulfilled by CAS MA 113
    • Teamwork/Collaboration (2 units) fulfilled by CAS BI 211 and SAR HP 305 – Effective fall 2019
    • Writing Intensive Course (2 units) fulfilled by SAR HP 252 and SAR HP 353 – Effective fall 2019
  • Behavior & health major requirements


If you would like advice, help with planning, or simply need more information on SAR programs, please call 617-353-2713 for an appointment with Academic Counselor, Roz Abukasis. Further details can also be provided by contacting the program directors directly.

Last revised: 12/6/2019