Applied Behavior Analysis Undergraduate Curriculum

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application of behavioral science to systematically improve behavior across a variety of different populations and settings. The goal is to improve useful behaviors and decrease harmful behaviors. The conceptual foundations of ABA date back to the early 1900’s with the work of Thorndike, Watson, Pavlov, and Skinner. Applied research dates back to the early 1950’s. Thus, ABA is an evidenced-based approach to intervention with applications to many populations and problems such as individuals with autism and related developmental disorders, students, older adults, and organizations.

We currently offer two undergraduate courses in ABA:

• HLTHPSYC 3100: Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

• HLTHPSYC 3500: Research and Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis

Additionally, undergraduate students may collaborate on ABA research (HTH_PR 4950: Research Apprenticeship) or participate in an ABA internship.

These courses and experiences are intended to (a) provide students with ABA-based strategies that may benefit their intended field of study or (b) help prepare the student for a career in ABA. These courses and experiences are idea for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in ABA.