Applied Behavior Analysis Major

7148
Bachelor of Arts
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7148 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
Vanessa A. Edkins, Ph.D.

The undergraduate applied behavior analysis major is a unique program designed to provide knowledge and skills in preparation for graduate study or careers that employ applications of the concepts and principles of behavior analysis. On graduation, applied behavior analysis majors will have satisfied all knowledge and experience requirements necessary for admission to the examination for Associate Certification in Behavior Analysis® (BCaBA®) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®).

Graduates of this program may pursue immediate certification as associate level behavior analysts to work in agencies and systems. Graduates will have the requisite course and experiential background to pursue application for graduate study in behavior analysis.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis must successfully complete 120 credit hours as indicated in the curriculum below.

Curriculum
Freshman Year
Fall (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3
    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • PSY 1400 Freshman Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers discussions by members of the faculty about various areas of research in and practice of psychology to give freshmen an overview of the nature of the field and the people in it.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in the School of Psychology.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
Select one course:
  • EDS 1031 Survey of Science 1: Physical Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a survey of physics, chemistry and astronomy including motion, forces, energy, electricity, waves, the metric system and the application of science and technology to everyday living.
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews computers and terminology. Identifies appropriate problems and solution design using specific applications packages. Introduces the use of word processors, data managers, spreadsheets and the Internet (email and Web browsers).
    Requirement(s):
    College of Engineering majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • Restricted Elective (CL) Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • EDS 1032 Survey of Science 2: Life Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Facilitates student understanding of laws, phenomena and processes of cellular and human biology, and to address selected current topics in ecology and environmental science.
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces foundational concepts in quantitative behavioral research methods, including theory building, reliability, validity, sampling and ethics. Covers measurement and descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, elementary inferential statistics and computer data analysis.
  • PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and overviews the field of behavior analysis and its areas of application. Requires a student project involving the application of behavioral principles to change a socially significant behavior.
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language)* Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes to the modification of human behavior in business, community, education and clinical settings. Includes analysis of situational components, measurements of behavior, application of basic behavior analytic skills and understanding the significance of results.
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the principles of learning and motivation based primarily on infrahuman studies in classical and instrumental conditioning. Focuses on procedures, theories and applications.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language)* Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective* Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BEH 3014 Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces ethical and professional considerations in the practice of behavior analysis, based on Behavior Analyst Certification Board® guidelines. Reviews the application of ethical behavior in clinical, education and research settings.
  • BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes and skill training to the modification of client behavior in residential, clinical and school settings. Includes analysis of basic analytic skills, foundational knowledge and application of specific behavior change procedures and ethical principles in the practice of ABA.
  • BEH 3550 Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides undergraduates with applied experience using basic principles of behavior analysis while working with children with autism, related disabilities and/or behavioral issues. Provides practical experience and fieldwork hours for students interested in becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts.®
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (COM)* Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BEH 3550 Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides undergraduates with applied experience using basic principles of behavior analysis while working with children with autism, related disabilities and/or behavioral issues. Provides practical experience and fieldwork hours for students interested in becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts.®
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • BEH 4025 Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Interventions
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes basic treatment techniques involved in behavioral treatment of children with autism. Includes behavioral characteristics and etiology of autism, history of applied behavior analysis for exceptional learners, and applies behavioral technologies and behavior change systems during supervised practical training.
  • PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores realistic goals for implementation of psychological knowledge, skills, abilities and values in occupational and/or educational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals. Also includes how those goals may meet societal needs.
  • PSY 4514 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Provides an in-depth analysis of experimental research design and laboratory procedures. Introduces analysis of between and repeated design experimental data using analysis of variance. Includes a laboratory component in which students will perform all phases of a research project.
  • Restricted Elective (COM) Credit Hours: 3
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BEH 3550 Fieldwork in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides undergraduates with applied experience using basic principles of behavior analysis while working with children with autism, related disabilities and/or behavioral issues. Provides practical experience and fieldwork hours for students interested in becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts.®
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • BEH 4550 Supervised Practicum in ABA
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies fundamental elements of behavior change and exercises client-centered responsibilities applicable to the practice of behavior analysis. Emphasizes specific behavior change procedures that produce changes in socially significant behavior using evidence-based procedures and technologies.
Senior Year
Fall (13 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of the experiential component of placement at a work site and the scholarly inquiry project data collection.
    Requirement(s):
    Second of a three-course QEP internship sequence.
  • Free Electives Credit Hours: 4
  • Restricted Elective (Science)* Credit Hours: 3
Spring (9 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BEH 4550 Supervised Practicum in ABA
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies fundamental elements of behavior change and exercises client-centered responsibilities applicable to the practice of behavior analysis. Emphasizes specific behavior change procedures that produce changes in socially significant behavior using evidence-based procedures and technologies.
  • BEH 4560 Behaviorism and Contemporary Society
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers the application of behavioral science and technology to contemporary society and emphasizes the implication of behavioristic theory and the experimental analysis of behavior.
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 120

*The Restricted Elective (foreign language) requires two semesters of a foreign language other than a student's home language. Restricted Elective (COM) may be satisfied by any COM 2000-level or higher, foreign language or linguistics course. No courses with the prefix PSY or PSF, other  than PSY 2444, can be used as the Social Science Elective. Humanities and social science electives must be at the 2000-level or higher. Restricted Elective (science) may be any science course.

Experiential Requirements

Because graduates of the program will also fulfill the requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board for the Associate Certificate in Behavior Analysis (BCaBA), 1,000 hours of combined fieldwork and supervised practicum experience must be earned during the program. Typically, students will be engaged in supervised fieldwork or practicum continuously once they enter the fall semester of the junior year. Because of potential limitations on placements for supervision, students should be prepared to register for supervised field placements during the summer semester before the senior year.