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2012 Bachelor of Behavioural Science(73A)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast: First-year only.
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Degree Coordinators: Dr Nenagh Kemp, Hobart (03) 6226 7534; Dr Mathew Summers, Launceston (03) 6324 3266.


The BBehavSc is a specialist three-year program with a broad vocational orientation. The program has been designed to equip graduates with knowledge and skills relevant to their intended careers by providing an opportunity to undertake a major and/or minor in relevant disciplines in conjunction with their psychology major. Two majors are completed in the BBehavSc, one in psychology and one in a related discipline, eg, human resource management, criminology, health science. Students may also choose to undertake a major in behavioural science or behavioural neuroscience with a minor and elective study in other disciplines. The BBehavSc also provides preparation for further study in postgraduate programs such as counselling, criminology and corrections, health management, marketing, rehabilitation counselling, and social work, or in psychology.

Admission & Prerequisites

Minimum University entrance requirements apply. Satisfactory achievement in TCE Mathematics, Psychology or Science subjects is desirable and may be required for first year study in some Science and Health Science units.

There is no quota on places for entry into the BBehavSc.

On completion of Years 1 and 2 of the BBehavSc, students may apply to transfer to the BPsych. To be eligible for entry to the BPsych, students must attain an average of 75% on the four introductory psychology (KHA) units and the four intermediate psychology units.

Course Objectives

The BBehavSc will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • gain employment in a range of areas such as health, correctional, community, employment andother public services, the corporate sector including human resources and marketing, recruitment and training, and other agencies and organisations engaged in human services
  • enter and succeed in postgraduate coursework programs in applied areas such as Criminology and Corrections, Counselling, Health Management, and Rehabilitation Counselling;
  • enter the Psychology Honours program and proceed to further study in psychology in either professional training or research training programs;

The BBehavSc will achieve these outcomes by:

  • providing a sound grounding in the discipline of psychology in both core and applied areas;
  • developing research skills relevant to cognitive and behavioural areas of human functioning;
  • developing key skills in critical thinking, data ngathering, analysis and report writing;
  • encouraging study other complementary disciplines that will add breadth and different perspectives to their knowledge of human behaviour and the human experience;
  • specifying complementary disciplines that in combination with Psychology prepare students for significant and rewarding roles in the human services, corporate and public service sectors.

Career Outcomes

BBehavSc graduates will have knowledge, analytical, research and interpersonal skills which have a high degree of application in areas such as health, education, justice, welfare, business, employment and training. Students will be able to structure their course to incorporate a major, minoror student electives in areas which suit their career choice, or to equip them for a range of career options. Graduates will also be able toprogress topostgraduate training and careers in professional areas, such as counselling, criminology and corrections, social work and psychology. Employment opportunities for graduates of the 3-year BBehavSc include areas such as:

  • child protection
  • community health and welfare
  • probation and parole
  • health services support, eg, drug and alcohol, cancer, disability, rehabilitation
  • health service management
  • counselling, eg, career, personal
  • aged, child and family services
  • research and evaluation
  • policy and planning
  • human resource management
  • employment and training
  • marketing and market research
  • higher education administration and management

The job outlook for these areas of employment is good and employment growth in relevant employment categories is expected to be strong (

Professional Recognition

The program is accredited as a 3-year sequence of study in psychology by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates who subsequently complete an APAC accredited fourth year Psychology qualification will be eligible for provisional registration under the Psychologists Registration Act of Tasmania, with eligibility for full registration following two years of appropriate supervised experience or postgraduate training. Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Psychological Society on completion of an accredited two-year postgraduate program in psychology.

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