Jun 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Healthcare B.S., with Adult Community Services Concentration

Behavioral Healthcare

(CIP = 44.0000)


Behavioral health problems, such as mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientifically-based approaches are available to treat and prevent many behavioral health problems. Students will be exposed to treatment approaches as well as to issues in the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. The emphasis of the curricula is on practices that have been scientifically validated and the delivery of services within the context of current funding, policies and trends. Students must also demonstrate behaviors that are congruent with the professional standards and values of the profession. Students desiring a career in this field should be aware that fingerprinting, a background check, and drug screen may be required to work in this field. Failure to pass one of these checks would be cause to terminate a student from the major. Students may be responsible for any associated costs.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • PSY X012 Introduction to Psychological Science - 3 credit hours
  • STA XXXX Any level Statistics course or PSY X204 Psychological Statistics - 3 credit hours
  • SYG X000 Introduction to Sociology or SYG X010 Contemporary Social Problems - 3 credit hours

Courses require a C or better.

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with their academic advisor in their major degree area.

Total Major Hours: 37

Major Core (19 Credit Hours)

The B.S. in Behavioral Healthcare prepares students for entry-level positions in agencies that provide a variety of treatment services for individuals with diagnosed mental health, substance use and/or behavioral issues. Other students may be preparing for graduate programs in human services and/or research. The program provides students with six options for specialization in (1) Adult Community Services, (2) Children’s Mental Health, (3) Applied Behavior Analysis, (4) Addictions and Behavioral Healthcare, (5) Aging and Behavioral Health, and (6) Behavioral Health Research. The curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practices utilizing a recovery-focused, holistic and strength-based approach to behavioral healthcare.

NOTE: *MHS 3411  should be taken during the student’s first semester of major coursework; a minimum grade of “B-” is required.

GPA Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in major coursework while enrolled in the program. Students falling below the 2.50 GPA requirement will be allowed no more than one semester to improve their GPA to the threshold.

Course Grade Requirement

MHS 3411  requires a minimum grade of “B-” prior to proceeding with other courses in the Behavioral Healthcare program.

Grading Requirement

A grade of lower than “C-” in any Behavioral Healthcare major course will not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the major.

“D” Rule

Behavioral Healthcare majors are limited to two (2) grades of “D+” or lower in their major coursework. Any student who receives a grade of D+ or lower in more than two (2) major courses will be required to seek major reselection. Note: Students may use grade forgiveness to improve GPA, but all “D+” or lower grades will count toward the maximum allowed total “D+” grades, regardless of whether grade forgiveness has been applied.

Residency Requirement

At least 18 hours of major coursework must be taken in residence at USF Tampa.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910   courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Other Information

A concentration in Behavioral Healthcare is offered through the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree program for Florida A.S. transfers as well as the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) for returning students. Both majors are offered through Undergraduate Studies.

A concentration in Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences is available through the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) major, which is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Advising Information

For questions related to advising please contact BHC Advising at bhc_advise@usf.edu.

Behavioral Healthcare Faculty

Chairperson: H. Hills; Professors: R. Boothroyd, M. Dow, R. Peters; Associate Professors: K. Blair, T. Boaz, A. Christy, K. Crosland, J. Epps, A. Gum, H. Hills, R. Otto, P. Stiles, G. Teague; Research Associate Professors:  C. Lescano, K. Moore, J. Robst; Clinical Associate Professor: R. Weinberg; Assistant Professors: K. Conner, N. Jones, K. Rigg; Research Assistant Professors: N. Dollard, B. Lee, S. Young; Assistant in Research: S. Roggenbaum; Research Associate: M. Engelhardt,  Technical Assistance Associate: J. Winarski, Emeritus Professors: L. Branch, M. Dertke, N. Poythress, L. Schonfeld; J. Ward, Jr.; Distinguished Professor: M. Knox. 

Adult Community Services (ACS)

(CIP = 44.0000)

Students interested in direct employment or preparation for graduate training will find this concentration geared to the provision of evidence-based services with adults who are receiving services in the behavioral healthcare system. This concentration will assist students who desire to become certified as a 1) Certified Addictions Professional, 2) Certified Behavioral Health Technician, 3) Certified Mental Health Professional, 4) Certified Prevention Specialist, 5) Recovery Peer Specialist, or 6) Recovery Support Specialist.

Total Concentration Hours: 37

Concentration Core (15 Credit Hours)

NOTE: Students must apply to take MHS 4425   Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare two semesters before taking the course. This course has four prerequisites: MHS 3411  with a B- or higher, MHS 4002 , MHS 4723  and MHS 4408 . MHS 4723  and MHS 4408  may be taken as a prerequisite or a co-requisite course.  The application, deadlines, and additional information about the course can be found on the Field Experience webpage: http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/mhlp/students/field-experience.aspx.

Plan of Study

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