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Applied Behavior Analysis Minor

The Applied Behavior Analysis minor is designed to address the growing need for behavior analysts in the community. Coupled with a major in psychology (or other fields), students graduate with a strong professional preparation in applied and research domains. Students are required to complete at least 90 hours of practicum experience as part of the minor. Students desiring to become certified in the applied behavior analysis field must complete additional supervised training hours to accrue the number of hours required for certification. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Applied Behavior Analysis Minor Requirements
(18 credits)

PSYC 1020 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) OR PSYC 1020H - Introduction to Psychology Honors (3 credits)

PSYC 1020 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

An introduction to theory, research, and applications in the field of psychology. Topics include biological bases of behavior, perception, learning and memory, psychological development, personality, social psychology, and the identification and treatment of mental illness.

PSYC 1020H - Introduction to Psychology Honors (3 credits)

An introduction to theory, research, and applications in the field of psychology. Topics include biological bases of behavior, perception, learning and memory, psychological development, personality, social psychology, and the identification and treatment of mental illness. Prerequisite: Honors students only. 

PSYC 2300 - Behavior Modification (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the concepts and principles of behavior analysis and behavior modification techniques applied to diverse areas such as mild and severe behavior problems in children and adults, behavior medicine, organizational behavior, sports psychology, and self-management. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H. 

PSYC 3330 - Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This course will focus on the basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Students will learn the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis and their relation to behavioral interventions, the basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring, increasing, and decreasing behaviors, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300. 

PSYC 3350 - Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This course covers the selection of assessments in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the experimental evaluation of interventions, measurement of behavior, and displaying and interpreting data using single-subject and small group design. The course will also address the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300.

PSYC 3370 - Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This course will focus on behavior change procedures and system supports for those interventions. The course will also consider evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of effective behavioral strategies as well as measurement and assessment of strategies. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300.

PSYC 4700 - Practicum in ABA I (3 credits)

This introductory practicum is designed to partially meet the supervision requirements for the BCABA certification. Students will participate in at least 6 hours per week in a supervised experience that will allow them the opportunity to apply ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in an individual and group format and will address both increasing and decreasing behavior. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor. Prerequisite: PSYC 3330. 

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2016-2017 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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