An applied behavior analyst studies the science of behavior, both in individuals as well as within organizations or communities. Such analysts work with individuals, families, health care facilities, industries and business, nonprofit and mental health agencies, and more, helping people improve or learn socially significant behavior.
The Becker College applied behavior analysis (ABA) concentration in the psychology program examines the design and application of learning theories and behavioral principles used to understand what motivates human behavior. Students gain skills necessary for working with children and adults diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and assisting certified behavior analysts, who conduct research or create behavior modification programs. Through detailed course work, case study analysis, and field experience, students acquire expertise needed to work in a variety of settings, including group homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, and other agencies working with individuals requiring adaptive living strategies.
- Student learning outcomes are based on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate psychology programs.
- Students demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
- Students demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and application of scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, including effective research methods and interpretation of research data.
- Students demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse world.
- Students demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including communications with different types of audiences and for differing purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of interpersonal skills and approaches that will enable them to be successful in an interconnected, global society.
- Students demonstrate professional skills and behavior that will ready them for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate, or professional school. These include appropriate work habits, career preparation skills, project management skills, self-efficacy and self-regulation, enhanced teamwork capacity, and effective self-reflection.
Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration Curriculum
|Course:||Course Name:||Credits:||Course:||Course Name:||Credits:|
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3||PSYC2105||Social Psychology||3|
|Math Elective |
(Note: Statistics is a prerequisite to PSYC4005, which is required; students should plan accordingly)
|3||CORE-ENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|PSYC2001||Psychology of Adjustment||3||PSYC1002||Developmental Child Psychology||3|
|PSYC1107||Human Growth and Development|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions||3||SOCI1001||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Open Elective||3||ENGL1006||Children's Literature||3|
|Semester Total:||15||Semester Total:||15|
|ENGL1003||Writing about Literature||3||PSYC2014||Writing about Psychology||3|
|PSYC2002||Psychology of Personality||3||CORE3100||Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset||3|
|Science with a Lab Elective |
(BIOL2503 is recommended)
|4||PSYC1013||Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis||6|
|Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3||PSYC2710||Assessment and Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|PSYC2705||Concepts and Principles in ABA||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||15|
|PSYC2013||Practicum in ABA||6||PSYC3400||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|Open Elective||3||Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3|
|PSYC3705||Beginning Strategies for Changing Behavior||3||PSYC3013||Practicum in ABA||6|
|PSYC2107||Experimental Psychology||3||Science with Lab Elective |
|Semester Total:||15||Semester Total:||16|
|PSYC4005||Research Methods with Lab||4||PSYC4600||Senior Seminar||3|
|PSYC3710||Advanced Strategies for Changing Behavior||3||Psychology Elective||3|
|PSYC2603||Brain and Behavior||3||General Education Elective|
(Note: Public Speaking is highly recommended)
|Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3||PSYC4306||Counseling Theory and Practice||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||12|
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