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2021-22 Catalog 
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Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science in Youth Development

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Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science - Youth Development is designed to fully equip developing professionals to identify, assess, and treat, with evidence-based interventions, youth at risk, and to ensure that all youth receive the opportunities and supportive environments they need to successfully transition to adulthood. Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science - Youth Development will be able to

  • Apply youth development theoretical perspectives to current real-world issues, problems and circumstances;
  • Apply current and tested practices, with the full consideration of individual differences and environmental context and with an understanding of the history of youth development theories and practices;
  • Design and deliver thoughtful and intentional youth programs that fully consider all dimensions of diversity and build on the strengths of that diversity;
  • Effectively and accurately apply a range of practical research skills necessary for the continuous improvement of services, program evaluation and accountability, and the competent meeting of individual, family, and community needs.
  • Demonstrate the leadership, group, and collaborative skills necessary for successful intra and inter-agency cooperation, community partnerships, and supportive youth/adult relationships.


Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to Highline’s BAS Youth Development Program, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed a regionally accredited AAS degree or higher (or its equivalent), in one of the following Chemical Dependency, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Paraeducator, Paralegal or Community Health and Wellness.  Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis;
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Application Process

To be considered for the bachelor of applied  science program prospective students must submit the following: 

  • Completed Highline bachelor application form.
  • Students who have completed related AAS degree or within thirty credits of completion of AAS degree.  Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college.


Please contact Faculty Advisor or Program Manager for most updated information.

Students must have a total of 60 credits of general education courses to be awarded the BAS degree.

General Education Requirements (60 credits)

Additional Coursework (20 credits)

Coursework in Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Chemical Dependency, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Community Health & Wellness, or Paraeducator courses.

Associate Degree/Related Credits (60 Credits)

Applicable credits from an associate degree issued by a regionally accredited institution.

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