School of Psychology

School of Psychology

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach to the study of human behavior. It is concerned with describing, explaining, predicting, and changing socially significant behavior. With its roots in behaviorism, environmental events are viewed as the primary variables that affect and maintain behavior. Genetics and other biological factors are viewed as moderating variables in fully understanding the occurrences of behavior. Therefore, the focus of this field is determining functional relations between behavior and environmental events.

The bachelor’s degree program in applied behavior analysis is a unique program designed to provide knowledge and skills to prepare for graduate study or careers in clinical, educational, or community settings. Special emphasis is given to techniques and technologies of behavioral analysis utilized when working with children who have developmental disabilities or autism.

Entering their junior year, students enroll in supervised fieldwork and practicum training required to qualify for the examination for certification as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). The hours can be completed at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment or other approved practical experience sites. A B.A. or B.S. in this area provides a curriculum rich in both academic rigor and applied practical experience.