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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




Evaluating CO2 levels globally and in Salt Lake City

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about a place or a process without direct physical contact. This information is often gained through reflected or emitted electromagnetic radiation, including the visible, near infrared, thermal infrared, and microwave portions of the spectrum. URSA Lab uses data from multispectral, hyperspectral, lidar, and thermal infrared sensors to measure Earth system processes.


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Greenland Ice Sheets

A major uncertainty concerning the 21st century climate is the ice sheet response to global warming. Paleodata indicate rapid ice sheet destabilizations during the last deglaciation, which could lead to an underestimation of sea level rise, as suggested in recent publications.


Geography 3210|5210 Global Climate Change

This course examines both natural and anthropogenic (human) change to the Earth's environments during the Quaternary (the last 2.5-2.6 million years). Questions considered include: 1) what evidence exists that climate has changed? 2) what causes climate change? 3) how have ecosystems responded to these changes in the past? 4) how has past climate change affected human evolution and cultures? 5) is recent climate warming the result of human or natural factors? 6) how would increased temperatures affect Earth's ecosystems?



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Maliheh Free Clinic Projects

The central goals of the projects include to increase knowledge to improve health education programs and to provide evidence-based health education programs for the underserved population with diverse background, and to offer educational opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in community-based research and are future human resources to improve health of the underserved populations in the community and beyond. Research is conducted by community partners, students and faculty.


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Refugee Health Education

This project provides and evaluate student-led health education programs for refugees resettled in Salt Lake. Individuals with refugee background attend health education programs on healthy lifestyle, exercise, or oral health offered by students. This project contributes to improving health behaviors of refugees who often suffer from poor health and have limited access to health care and promotion services.



Community Engaged Learning (CEL) courses

The CEL courses offer students opportunities to apply what they learned in class to real-world problems (e.g. health disparities). For example, students collect information for community organizations, provide health education classes, and/or develop a research/evaluation proposal that would benefit for the community organizations. In addition, students write a weekly reflection to connect their community experiences to the class context.

Family and Consumer Studies - Environmental and Sustainability Studies - Psychology


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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: 10/9/17