Social and Behavioral Sciences is a dynamic college offering infinite possibilities for students. Our strength comes from our diversity of disciplines – Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Environment & Sustainability, Gerontology, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Work, Psychological Science, and Sociology. Each of these disciplines look at humans, their behavior, and how they interact with the environment through their own unique lens of inquiry. Our faculty are award-winning, highly accomplished scholars who promote student research, internships, and high-impact educational experiences. Students in our college acquire essential skills, knowledge, and abilities to enact positive change in the world. Come and explore what we have to offer. The possibilities are infinite.
Julie Rich, D.Phil.
Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Brent Horn is the Associate Dean in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Director of Forensic Science Programs at Weber State University. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, he has always been fascinated with how and why the physical world works the way it does. He began his college studies at BYU Provo, UT. After taking two years off school to serve a church mission in Argentina, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He moved back to California to attend graduate school at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. At CalTech, he learned about the future need for forensic scientists and found his "calling" in science. Upon earning a Master's degree in Chemical Physics, he returned to BYU Provo to complete a Doctorate degree in Analytical Chemistry.
After graduation, Dr. Horn took a post-doctoral position with Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, CA in the Microfluidics division working on national security projects including chemical and biological weapon detection systems for first responders and facilities protection. He joined the faculty at Weber State University in 2005. At the same time, he began working in the chemistry section of the Utah State Crime Lab while also spending time with the Weber Metro Crime Scene Investigation Unit. These experiences served as an excellent training ground for how science interfaces with the criminal justice system and formed the basis for his philosophy for teaching forensic science and crime scene investigation to Weber State University students.
Dr. Brent Horn
Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences