University of Florida | Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Information

What is behavior analysis?

Behavior analysis is a natural-science approach to understanding the causes of behavior. In basic behavior analysis, we investigate general learning processes and principles that govern the behavior of humans and other animals. Applied behavior analysis is the scientific application of these principles to a wide range of socially relevant behavior. Professionals in applied behavior analysis address behavioral needs in a variety of contexts including education, organizational behavior management, drug addictions, and work with persons with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Do you want to explore behavior analysis?

Take courses with an EAB prefix
Get involved in a basic or applied research lab (Drs. Dallery, DeLeon, Iwata, Vollmer).  Check the faculty websites for more information.
Start talking to graduate students and faculty in the behavior analysis program

Undergraduate curriculum

The Department of Psychology at the University of Florida has a Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB)-approved course sequence that prepares students to sit for the BCaBA exam after graduation. Students who successfully complete this sequence will automatically meet the coursework requirement to qualify for the exam.  In addition to this coursework, the student will have to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practical experience in behavior analysis to fully qualify for the exam.

Required Coursework:

EAB 3764 – Applied Behavior Analysis Extension of learning principles to human problems. Topics include: child development, education, mental health, mental retardation, behavioral medicine, business and industry, aging and environmental applications.

EAB 3002 – Principles of Behavior Analysis An introduction to and survey of the principles, methods, theories and applications of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

EAB 4184 – Behaviorism and Contemporary Society Consideration of the applications of behavioral science and technology to contemporary society with emphasis upon the implications of behavioristic theory and the experimental analysis of behavior.

EAB 4714 – Laboratory in Applied Behavioral Analysis Introduction to Research Methods in applied behavior analysis. Computerized measurement and assessment of human behavior in ongoing field studies, data analysis, implementation of experimental techniques.

Most professional behavior analysts receive certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which issues credentials at both the bachelor’s level (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, or BCaBA) and the master’s degree level (Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA).  Certification requires, among other things, a documented amount of supervised practical experience and passing a comprehensive examination.

Students interested in more information about the credential are advised to consult the BCaBA portion of the BACB website at:  http://bacb.com/bcaba/

Can I take EAB3002 and EAB3764?

Yes. However, only one of these two will count as a required course (that is, only one will count as your “Learning and Cognition” requirement). The other will count as an elective. Even if ONE.UF does not let you register, you can still add the course. You should see the advising office for more details.

What can you do after graduation?

There are basic and applied jobs in behavior analysis for BS graduates.
If you want to stay in Florida, check out: http://fabaworld.org/
Job placement service for behavior analysts: https://www.abainternational.org/jobs.aspx

Job opportunities in behavior analysis

Autism
Education
Developmental disabilities
Business and industry
Substance abuse research and treatment
Animal and pet training
Prevention
Behavioral safety
Parenting and child management
Behavioral medicine