Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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:
Freshman Year
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3PSYC2105Social Psychology3
Math Elective
(Note: Statistics is a prerequisite to PSYC4005, which is required; students should plan accordingly)
3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
PSYC2001Psychology of Adjustment3PSYC1002Developmental Child Psychology3
PSYC1107Human Growth and Development
CORE1001Managing Transitions3SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3
Open Elective3ENGL1006Children's Literature3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year:
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3PSYC2014Writing about Psychology3
PSYC2002Psychology of Personality3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Science with a Lab Elective
(BIOL2503 is recommended)
4PSYC1013Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis6
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3PSYC2710Assessment and Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSYC2705Concepts and Principles in ABA3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:15
Junior Year:
PSYC2013Practicum in ABA6PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3
Open Elective3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
PSYC3705Beginning Strategies for Changing Behavior3PSYC3013Practicum in ABA6
PSYC2107Experimental Psychology3Science with Lab Elective
Semester Total:15Semester Total:16
Senior Year:
PSYC4005Research Methods with Lab4PSYC4600Senior Seminar3
PSYC3710Advanced Strategies for Changing Behavior3Psychology Elective3
PSYC2603Brain and Behavior3General Education Elective
(Note: Public Speaking is highly recommended)
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3PSYC4306Counseling Theory and Practice3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:12
Total Credits:120

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