Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
Program(s) Offered: Major only
Are you a patient person, who loves working with children and adults — particularly those with special needs? If so, majoring in behavior analysis might be the right choice for you!
Behavior analysis is a rapidly growing field that teaches ways to help those with autism, social disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, or other challenging behaviors learn to adjust to everyday life. If you become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), you’ll be able to work with special needs individuals in settings across the country including:
Briar Cliff's course sequence is designed to meet criteria set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and can be submitted as part of an application to sit for the national BCaBA exam that is required to become certified in the field.
We partner with several community schools and organizations like the Pier Center for Autism to give you hands-on practicum experience — the chance to help real people, with real disabilities. Working side-by-side with caring professors and professionals in the field, you’ll help create plans to meet the special needs of individual children and adults.
Imagine having a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in just five years! It’s possible with our joint “3-plus-2” Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program, designed for highly motivated students.
An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »
This courseis an introduction to the principles of learning and behavior that are the natural science of behavior analysis. Read more »
A capstone research experience where the student will select a research idea, conduct a literature review on the topic, propose a study, conduct the study, and then present data in both oral and written form. Read more »
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for their professional lives by improving their writing (e.g., grammar, style, APA format, etc.), interviewing, and analytical skills (e.g., understanding research articles). Read more »
Emphasizes the study of experimental methodology, research design, and analysis of research data using SPSS. The laboratory sessions provide practical experience in conducting research and learning to communicate research results. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 and MATH 200. (Instructor permission required) Read more »
In this course students will learn the BACB guidelines for responsible conduct in behavior analysis and disciplinary and ethical standards and procedures. Read more »
In this course students learn how to conduct behavior analytic assessments (e.g., preference assessment, reinforcer assessments, functional behavior assessments). Read more »
An introduction to psychoactive therapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse. The biochemical, physiological, and behavioral effects of each will be considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 Read more »
This course provides a foundation for understanding psychological development of older people with focus on geriatric assessment and psychological disorders in the aging population. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 Read more »
This course will examine the human principles of motivation and emotion. Special emphasis is given to the influence motivation and emotion principles have on the human learning process. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 Read more »
The study of the principles of conditioning, learning, and memory in animals and humans. Special emphasis on theoretical foundations and practical applications. Traditional and current theoretical perspectives are evaluated in the light of empirical research evidence. Read more »
An introduction to the behavioral analysis of drug effects. This course will explore behavior analytic methodology and techniques. Read more »
This course covers fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior-change procedures. Read more »
A capstone research experience where the student will select a research idea, conduct a literature review on the topic, propose a study, conduct the study, and then present data in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, PSYC 295 Read more »
This practicum will involve 10-15 hours per week of work in a supervised clinical practice, educational, or applied research setting in which procedures based on behavior-analytic principles are implemented. Read more »
Behavior analysis majors are required to take 12 total credit hours of internships (PSYC 390/490).
For additional general education requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.
I had no idea about the behavior analytic world when I started college. But ever since I was introduced to the science, I have found my passion ... I get to do something with my life that will benefit others.
Psychology Major ('16), M.S. in Behavior Analysis ('18)