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Course Descriptions:

ABSC 770. Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation. 3 Hours. A graduate level introduction to the logic of experimentation, direct observation strategies, and research conducted using individual (e.g., single subject) and time series experimental designs.

ABSC 850. Principles of Behavior Analysis. 3 Hours. An advanced graduate course on the basic principles of behavior and related procedures for producing behavioral change, with both human and nonhuman subjects. The principles and procedures are presented as fundamental elements of behavior change.

ABSC 851. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science. 3 Hours. The course covers ethical and legal issues in (a) the responsible conduct of basic, applied, and intervention research (e.g., informed consent and assent with typical and atypical populations; inclusion of underrepresented groups; bias, fraud, and plagiarism in data collection and reporting; conflict of interest; reporting misconduct; authorship) and (b) professional issues in teaching, research, and service (e.g., written and presented scientific communication; grant preparation; the journal review process; cultural competence; teaching; vita preparation). The course will also include instruction in the preparation of editorial reviews for manuscripts submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, in partial fulfillment of the department's doctoral requirement for preparing editorial reviews.

ABSC 771. Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science. 3 Hours. This introductory course promotes knowledge and skill in analyzing behavioral problems across a range of societal issues. Special consideration is given to designing interventions, implementing, managing, and supervising applied projects. Topics include the identification and selection of problems and target populations, analysis of problems and goals, designing measurement systems, developing interventions, and disseminating products from applied behavioral research.

ABSC 772. Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis. 3 Hours. An advanced Master's seminar on the theoretical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis. It covers the field's history and purview (e.g., natural science, historical science, applied science); its philosophy of science (e.g., empiricism, pragmatism); the nature of its science (e.g., inductive, experimental, field-theoretic); the products of its science (e.g., principles, concepts, theories); its ethical systems (e.g., humanism, naturalized ethics, personal responsibility); its relations with other fields (e.g., biology, psychology, anthropology); its contrasts with folk philosophy and folk psychology (e.g., mentalism, free will); and its comparisons with like-minded philosophies, psychologies, and cultural practices (e.g., embodied cognition, secular humanism, communitarianism.)

ABSC 773. Applied Behavior Analysis in Complex Organizations. 3 Hours. An examination of the theory, principles, and methods of behavior analysis and their applications to problems of human behavior in complex organizations such as businesses, industries, human service organizations, and governments. 

ABSC 852. Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities. 3 Hours. A graduate seminar that includes an overview of the behavioral characteristics of various developmental disabilities and examination of empirically supported behavioral approaches to the study and treatment of developmental disabilities. Topics will include classification and etiology, motivation, methods for developing appropriate skills, assessment and treatment of behavior disorders, staff training, and legal and ethical issues related to treatment.

ABSC 853. Functional Behavioral Assessment. 3 Hours. The strategies, tactics, and ethics of functional assessment are presented in the larger context of behavioral assessment (e.g., nomothetic and idiographic approaches). Research articles relevant to indirect, descriptive, and experimental functional assessment approaches and assessment-based interventions are carefully reviewed to determine the appropriate conditions for each type of assessment and intervention.

Online BACB-approved course sequence example program schedule:





  • ABSC 850 
    Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • ABSC 851
    Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science. 
  • ABSC 770
    Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation
  • ABSC 771 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science
  • ABSC 773
    Behavior Analysis in Developmental 
  • ABSC 853
    Functional Behavioral Assessment


  • ABSC 772
    Conceptual Foundations in Behavior Analysis ;
  • ABSC 852
    Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities


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