Sociology is the scientific study of human society and patterns of social behavior. It is concerned with social structures and processes, including groups, organizations, societies, institutions, social-cultural change, socialization, social interaction and social relationships.
In the psychology program at USAO, we employ a diverse range of methodologies in our pursuit of a better understanding of human thought and behavior. While practicality demands that a particular study should focus on particular variables, we realize that real behaviors result from a complex web of interacting influences.
Political science is an academic and research discipline that deals with the theory and practice of government and politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior.
A major in natural science is designed to accommodate a student’s broader interest in the areas of science. This major is appropriate for students desiring to continue their education in a variety of science or medically-related fields. These fields include the health professions, teaching at various levels, agricultural pursuits, law, economics, government positions, industrial research and other opportunities.
Mathematics is more than just algebra, geometry and calculus. It is the primary tool of science, the language of modern technology and the structure of creativity. In the broadest sense, mathematics is the study of patterns, relationships and logical structures. Regardless of the area of mathematics, the common goal is not only to understand the objects under study but to relate them and form connections to other phenomena.
Chemistry deals with the study of matter and its interactions. It is a science that is considered the foundation of many other sciences. Chemists study atoms, molecules and the properties of compound substances. They study how they are structured, how they function and how they change energy when combined with other substances. Chemists conduct research in laboratories that has led to advances in food processing, agriculture and medicine.
Biology is the study of life from the cellular structure of plants and animals to the environmental issues of a local or global nature. A biologist investigates how organisms are structured, how they evolve, how their life processes function and how they interact with the rest of the environment.