Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Gain a Greater Understanding of our World

Studying the past, understanding political systems and receiving the foundations to become a private investigator or a correctional/probation officer and beyond are all areas of focus within programs in this area.

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Criminal Justice

University Transfer Plans

  • Criminal Justice

    Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

    The criminal justice field spans a wide variety of jobs and interests. Criminal justice jobs may involve collecting evidence, analyzing crime scenes, performing investigations or arresting perpetrators.

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  • History

    Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

    Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources. They provide analysis for governments, businesses, nonprofits, historical associations, and other organizations.

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  • Political Science

    Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

    Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

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  • Psychology

    Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

    Psychologists help provide a better understanding of behavior and mental health; how relationships, cultures, communities, and populations shape who we are and how we relate to one other.

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  • Sociology/Social Work

    Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

    Sociologists are social scientists who study groups of people, ranging from families and tribes to entire communities and even whole nations, focusing on the behavior of group members and on the ways that groups interact with one another.

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Types of Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

The A.A. degree is the equivalent to the first two years at a university. Although at about half the cost, it’s a much more affordable way to start out. You’ll also be able to complete all your core curriculum requirements which transfer to any state university in Texas. Once you’re finished at BC, you’ll be prepared to transfer to a four-year university.

Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree

An A.S. degree is designed for students who are wanting to pursue a math or science oriented bachelor degree. Looking for a reason to choose BC? Not only do we offer the same quality education as a university, but you’ll also earn your degree at a price you can afford.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

An Associate of Applied Science is a two-year degree plan designed for students wanting to jump into a high-skill, high-wage job immediately after graduation. Whether you’re looking to be an EMT responding to accident scenes or working in petrochemical facilities ensuring the plant is running efficiently and safe, we’re committed to preparing you for your future. In fact, our partnership programs between the college, surrounding communities and local industry ensure we're providing the best training using state-of-the-art equipment.

Bachelor of Applied Technology (B.A.T.) Degree

The bachelor’s degree is an upper-level degree that offers students an opportunity to continue their education beyond the associate’s level. A Bachelor of Applied Technology degree prepares you to enter an advanced position within a specialized career field. Bachelor’s degrees require about four years of study (including time spent earning the associate degree).


Certificates are specialized credit programs that train students in a specific field. For students who meet degree-seeking requirements, college credits earned through the certificate programs can be applied toward a related Associate of Science degree.

Business and Industry Credential

Business and Industry Credentials are non-credit programs that provide industry training which result in a workforce certificate. They are designed for quick entry into the workforce.