SAR: Behavior & Health

Sample Pathway

The BS in Behavior & Health program is unique in allowing you to explore a variety of options in the health and social services arena, preparing you for entry-level roles in health care, education, and social and human service organizations, as well as advanced study in related professional fields. With this degree, you can also develop a specialization in a particular field of graduate study. Robin Newman 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 Recommended external course: General Psychology (equivalent to CAS PS 101). Note: Prior approval must be granted for external coursework.
  Semester I Semester II
Freshman Year* CGS RH 103
CGS SS 103
CGS MA113 or CAS MA 113
Behavioral Science Course
CGS Required Courses (London or Boston-New England semester)
Sophomore Year* CGS HU 201
CGS SS 201
CAS BI 105
SAR HP 412
CGS HU 202
CAS BI 210
SAR HP 252 
Behavioral Science Course
Junior Year CAS BI 211
SAR HP 250 
SAR HP 321 (2cr)
Specialty Elective
Behavioral Science Course
CAS PH 251
SAR HP 353 (should be taken junior or senior year only)
Specialty Elective
Behavioral Science Course
Senior Year SAR HP 306 (either sem.)
SAR HP 405 (either sem.)
SAR HP 500 (spring only)
3 Specialty Electives

*Sargent recommends that students take the specific CGS courses to fulfill the greatest number of major and BU Hub requirements. Please note that external courses are not eligible for Hub general education credit.

Behavioral science options include: Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, or Neuroscience (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 faculty advisor by the end of the junior year. Specialty Electives can be distributed among the following areas depending on interest: anthropology, foreign language, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, criminal justice, any Sargent topic, or public health.

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
    • Effective fall 2021, Behavior & Health majors in good standing should take CAS BI 105 and CAS BI 210 in place of CGS NS 201 and 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

Note: Students who are exempt from CGS NS 202 must enroll in at least one CGS course in semester II of sophomore year.

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:
    • Scientific Inquiry I and Quantitative Reasoning I fulfilled by CAS BI 105
    • Creativity/Innovation (1 unit) fulfilled by CAS BI 210
    • Quantitative Reasoning II fulfilled by CAS MA 113
    • Teamwork/Collaboration (2 units) fulfilled by CAS BI 211 and SAR HP 306 
    • Writing Intensive Course (1 unit) fulfilled by SAR HP 252
  • Behavior & Health major requirements


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

This is a sample pathway to be used in consultation with your CGS Academic Advisor.

It is subject to change according to course availability and individual circumstances.

Last revised: 03/11/2024