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The Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis meets the educational requirements to sit for the BCaBA® certification exam through the BACB®.
If you have ever wondered what you can do to help someone move on with their life successfully, Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis might interest you.
With your bachelor’s degree in applied behavior analysis, you’ll have foundational skills that demonstrate your ability to address behavior and solve social problems and relationships between individual, family members, or people in the community. Use of applied behavior analysis methods is widely recognized as an effective method of treating behavior disorders (most specifically children with autism) and those who are affected by trauma.Work settings for behavior analysis professionals can include autism clinics, community mental health centers, home- and community-based settings, schools, adult day-training facilities, child-welfare agencies, and a variety of other areas.* This bachelor’s degree could also be a stepping-stone for earning your master’s degree in psychology at Kaplan University.†
Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis examine the major concepts, values, theories, studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to human behavior, learning, and development. Through an innovative learning platform comprised of live seminars and interactive discussion boards, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced instructors who are practitioners in the field.As a student in Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis program, you will have the opportunity to complete a sequence of classes that have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® Inc., (BACB®) as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination.‡You will have to meet additional requirements to qualify, including degree, field experience, and practicum requirements. Visit BACB’s website (www.bacb.com) for full eligibility requirements.
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The Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis can prepare you to pursue a number of career opportunities in such areas as education, developmental disabilities, mental health, and business. Some possible career titles in this field include*:
Kaplan University’s bachelor’s degree program could also help prepare you for continued graduate-level education in psychology, which could significantly broaden your career opportunities.
Please note, the professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
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Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
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Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Any College Composition I course
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology-to-Master of Science in Psychology option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.
Working as a human service professional demands an understanding of the differences and similarities in human behavior. This course will focus on the basic systems or influences that help to define, identity, and explain behavior. Students will examine how family structures, institutions, organizations, and communities contribute to the complex issues facing diverse populations in the twenty-first century. Students will examine ways to incorporate these theories to help them develop practical intervention skills.
The course exposes students to a broad array of social problems that affect the lives of many Americans. Students will gain insight and tools to analyze social problems, potential solutions, and the effects of these problems on individuals and society. Students will also reflect on their role as change agents for the clients with whom they work.
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
This course introduces students to the discipline of psychology and the Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program. The field of study and skill sets, and issues related to various psychological fields will be discussed. Students will research the psychology degree and course offerings along with their professional goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships.
This course explores the historical origins of
psychological study and the influences that have shaped
contemporary views of the field. Students will learn about the
origins of the study of the mind, the social and cultural factors
that shaped the scientific approach to psychology, and modern-day
applications of psychology. Students will also be introduced to
the major theories and theorists in this
This course will provide you with a foundational understanding of the basic concepts of neuroscience as it applies to the practice of psychology. The aim of cognitive neuroscience is to explore the biological factors that influence behavior. This course provides an introductory study of brain development, neural framework, developmental brain disorders, mental processes, social cognition, and more.
This course will explore the physical,
cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and personality development
of human beings from conception through the end of adolescence.
Students will develop an understanding of developmental theories
and research methods used to investigate developmental change,
the theoretical bases for our understanding of how human beings
change, and the contextual and cultural factors that impact the
growth and development of children.
This course introduces students to autism spectrum disorders in young children. Topics include the historical and theoretical foundations of autism and current diagnostic criteria. Students will differentiate the characteristics of autism including comparing differences in brain structure as well as social, emotional, communication, behavioral, sensory-motor, and cognitive characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders.
This course provides learners with a basic
understanding of the scientific method and how it applies to the
field of psychology. It addresses the research methods used in
psychology and the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. It
also teaches learners when it is appropriate to use one method
over the other and how to evaluate the accuracy of the
conclusions of a study. Finally, it addresses the ethical issues
related to conducting research in psychology.
Personality is defined as a consistent pattern
of thinking and behaving; it is the basis of "who we are." The
theories regarding the development of personality are numerous,
and each contributes to the understanding of the factors that
define one's personality. This course examines the major
psychological theories of personality and explores research
dealing with the influence of genetic and environmental factors.
Students will apply various theoretical models to real-world
examples of normal and abnormal personality
This course examines the needs of exceptional
children. The roles of teachers, parents, and other relevant
"others" will be investigated in relationship to current
practices, which include mainstreaming, inclusion,
least-restrictive environment, and individual education
This course examines the behavior theory, principles, and procedures related to modifying existing behaviors and acquiring new behaviors. Students will begin to understand behavior modification techniques, such as reinforcement, punishment, extinction, discrimination training, generalization, shaping, classical conditioning, conditioned reinforcement, and schedules of reinforcement, by applying these behavior principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how behavior management can be used in various career fields.
This course builds on Applied Behavior Analysis I to further examine the dynamics of behavior principles. In this course, students will explore advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) theories and apply them to case studies. Students will be able to explain how behavior-environment relationships play instrumental roles in behavior deficits or excesses. This course also will provide students with information on obtaining certification and licensing in the ABA field. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams.
This course explores the foundations of
clinical psychology, including the history, practice, and
application of psychology in clinical settings. Students will
examine ethical and legal considerations in counseling, the roles
and responsibilities of therapist and client, clinical skills,
diversity issues, and professional development opportunities.
Current topics related to clinical practice will also be
This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a behavior analyst needs to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in a variety of settings. This course will cover diverse scenarios in which the basic concepts and theories of ABA, as well as ethical considerations for responsible conduct, can be applied. Topics to be covered include behavior measurement considerations, experimental design, reinforcement and punishment, extinction, behavior change systems, intervention considerations, maintenance and generalization of skills, ethics, and supervision issues. The course content is based on the basic behavior-analytic skills and client-centered responsibilities areas of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List.
This course provides an overview of the strategies and tools that are used for the screening and assessment of various age groups. Topics include the history and purpose of assessment, ethical considerations, interviewing, and an intensive overview of functional behavioral assessment. Students will learn how to apply screening and assessment information to their work with children, adolescents, and adults.
This course focuses on the process for designing programs that meet the needs of multiple populations using basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. It builds on fundamental concepts of designing individual behavior management programs and research methods using concepts in organizational behavior management.
This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.
PS 124 recommended
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis. This course serves as a final evaluation of competencies learned from coursework completed within the program. The capstone course provides you with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your program and to assess your level of mastery of the stated outcomes of your degree.
Last term of study or approval of the Dean
Total Program Credits: 180
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure.
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