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Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Programs - Applied Behavior Analysis


Our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program meets the academic content required for certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). People with this certification can become vendors with the state-funded centers for the developmentally disabled. Behavior analysts and specialists design and implement behavior change programs in a variety of settings including schools, homes, group homes, care facilities, and hospitals. Our training gives students necessary coursework in theoretical foundations, basic research, and applications for applied behavior analysis. Courses can be applied to both the psychology major and to the ABA training. To be certified by BACB, supervised internship, usually available through local or in-state ABA employers, is required.

The following classes comprise the ABA undergraduate program:


1. Core Courses in Psychology

Psych 10 Introduction to Psychology 3
Psych 42 Introductory Statistics 4
Psych 144 Research Design and Experimental Methods 5

2. Applied Behavior Analysis Content

Psych 136 Human Learning and Behavior 3
Psych 184A/B* Community Intervention and System Supports 3
Psych 172 ABA 4

3. Additional Applied Behavior Analysis Content (Choose 1)

Psych 177 Behavioral and Cognitive Change Techniques 4
Psych 179 Supervised Field Experience 4
Psych 170T Varies-ABA content only 3/4
Psych 184A/B* Community Intervention and System Supports 3

4. Enhancement Content (Choose 1)

Psych 155 Developmental Psychology 4
Psych 156 Social Psychology 4

*requires permission of instructor and a minimum of a B in either 172 or 136

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all ABA program coursework is required.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all coursework is required.
  • Please contact Program Director Dr. Marianne Jackson at (559)278-2757 or Criss Wilhite at (559)278-6937 for more information.
  • We recommend ABA students take Psych 121, Learning and Memory, as one of their 120 series Psychology Major requirements.