2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

New students will not be accepted into the program at this time. Contact department for more information.

The major in Behavior Analysis prepares students for careers in experimental psychology, behavioral mental health, and applied behavior analysis.  With a heavy focus on real world applications, scientific methodology, and practical experience, graduates of this program will learn to critically analyze the relationship between the environment and behavior, and to develop effective methods for influencing and improving socially relevant behaviors.  Behavior analysts play an important role in many settings and with a variety of populations, such as therapists for those struggling with aggressive or problematic behavior, supervisors of behavioral treatment, consultants for organizational behavior change, and as researchers in both basic and applied areas.

The major contains a Verified Course Sequence by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), which prepares students for certification as Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). This major requires a minimum of two semesters of practicum, which requires prerequisite courses to be completed prior to enrollment in practicum. An additional two semesters of advanced practicum are optional for those seeking additional supervised experience hours and/or certification at the assistant behavior analyst level. These additional practicum courses require a minimum grade point average in VCS courses, as well as instructor and departmental permission.

Students majoring in Behavior Analysis must complete all psychology courses, both transfer and NMU, with a grade of “C” or higher.

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Psychological Science department page.

For related information from the bureau of labor statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm

Total Credits Required 120
General Education
30-40

This major does not require a minor.