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Research, Outreach, Teaching


Research is a large component of social and behavioral science. We are one of only few colleges across the country that facilitates research opportunities at the undergraduate level. Both undergraduate and graduate students can work on collaborative research with one of our faculty mentors or even author their own research.

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The College of Social and Behavioral Science is home to some of the world's greatest thinkers and academic minds. Our faculty consist of a collection of tireless individuals who excel at both teaching and researching in their respective discipline. They continually receive accolades from students, fellow faculty members, and the university for their dedication and mentoring both in and out of the classroom.


Through teaching and research, the College of Social and Behavioral Science provides students with the experience necessary to solve real-world problems even before they graduate. They can take what they've learned and apply it to internships, local government and non-profit organizations, active community research projects, and study abroad programs, which then benefit their career placement opportunities upon graduating.


CSBS in Action

Family and Consumer Studies
Environmental and Sustainability Studies


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Moving Across Places Study (MAPS)

The MAPS research team surveys residents' perceptions and activities before and after the North Temple construction project. How do these changes alter your neighborhood perceptions, activities, and travel patterns—activities related to cancer prevention? Research is conducted by faculty, students, and employees.

Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute


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Complete Streets

This project tests the idea that when communities are designed so that it is easy and safe for people to be more physically active in their everyday travel and use of the neighborhood, they will get more moderate intensity physical activity (if you build it, they will come), which will help them maintain a healthier weight. The study examines a road reconstruction that will provide a rich set of alternatives to attract many kinds of users: A light rail line, a bike path, and a multiuse trail. Participants will receive feedback on their objectively measured physical activity.


FCS 3620: Environment and Behavior

This class addresses the psychological processes connecting humans to their natural and physical worlds, such as environmental cognition and wayfinding; pro-environmental attitudes; personal space, privacy, territoriality, and place attachment; and nature as a restorative agent. Investigates how psychology can address challenges of climate change and what constitutes more sustainable and healthy communities.

Last Updated: 2/1/17