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Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Program Description
The behavior analysis program at Miami Regional University offers training to undergraduate students in the scientific study of human and other animal behavior to teach the basic concepts and principles of behavior analysis. Students will learn to analyze the way in which behavior changes when there is an interaction with the surrounding environment.

The goal of the program is to train students to think like behavior analysts. Students will learn the fundamental principles of behavior and how to use the principles and procedures developed from them to modify behavior in a context of ethical responsibility. Additionally, students will learn about research designs and statistical analysis techniques used in psychological science as well as the more specialized single-subject experimental methods more commonly employed by behavior analysts.

*General Education transfer credits: a total of 36 semester hours or the equivalent. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/ mathematics.

*The student is responsible to look for supervision hours to meet the Independent Fieldwork Clinical Experience for the BCaBA. The program does not provide clinical courses.

Accreditation:
MRU is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Admissions Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, prospective students considering admission to the program must

  1. Interview with an admission representative
  2. Provide Proof of Graduation (POG) from high school or its equivalent
  3. Provide proof of age (applicant must be seventeen or older at the start of the first class)
  4. Demonstrate an ability to meet applicable program-specific requirements
  5. Complete the application for the appropriate program

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophical underpinnings of behavior analysis
  2. Define concepts and principles of behavior analysis
  3. Measure, interpret, and display behavior analysis data
  4. Identify experimental designs appropriate in behavior analysis
  5. Demonstrate ethics in practice
  6. Conduct behavior assessments
  7. Use appropriate behavior-change procedures
  8. Select appropriate treatment interventions
  9. Use functional assessment approaches.

Tuition and Fees:

PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS TUITION ESTIMATED BOOKS COSTS TOTAL
Program Title: Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Behavior Analysis 123 $55,000 $1,633 $56,633

*This is an estimated cost of tuition and fees based on information provided at the time of enrollment. Costs are subject to change.

MRU B.F. Skinner Scholarship
As of July 20, 2020, a scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science at Miami Regional University is available. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition cost assistance for students enrolled at Miami Regional University. Scholarship amount will cover book fees with a maximum amount of $10,000.00 toward tuition cost for the entire program.

To be considered for this scholarship, the candidate must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Apply for the scholarship prior to enrolling in the class.
  • Meet all program admission requirements.
  • Fees covered by the scholarship: Book fees and a maximum amount of $10,000.00 toward tuition cost for the entire program. Scholarship will be paid in increments of $2,500 per academic year (every 2 semesters).
  • All other fees are to be paid by the student. Please refer to the catalog for a detailed list of other fees.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA for each term must be maintained throughout the entire program. Loss of 3.0 GPA per term voids scholarship.

Graduation Requirements
A Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program requirements and satisfies graduation requirements:

  1. Student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  2. Student has completed and passed all required externship hours
  3. Student is current with financial obligations to the University
  4. Student has met with the Office of Career Services for assistance with job placement or provides documentation of employment
  5. Student has completed an Exit Interview with the Office of Financial Aid
  6. Student has completed the Graduation Clearance form and submitted it to the Office of the Registrar at least 60 days before the last day of class

Delivery Mode
This program is offered face-to-face (onsite)

Program Outline:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
SEMESTER I CREDITS HOURS
ENC1101 English Composition I 3 45
BSC1085 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 45
BSC1085L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 30
MAC1105 College Algebra 3 45
PSY2012 General Psychology 3 45
PHI2604 Critical Thinking 3 45
Semester I Total: 16 255
SEMESTER II CREDITS HOURS
ENC1102 English Composition II 3 45
BSC1086 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 45
BSC1086L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 30
MCB2010 Microbiology 3 45
MCB2010L Microbiology Lab 1 30
DEP1000 Human Growth and Development I 3 45
Semester II Total: 14 240
SEMESTER III CREDITS HOURS
MAC2205 Application for Statistical Methods 3 45
ENC2201 Report Writing and Research Methods 3 45
BHS3300 Personality 3 45
BHS3302 Behavioral Neurosciences 3 45
Semester III Total: 12 180
SEMESTER IV CREDITS HOURS
BHS3304 Quantitative Research in Behavioral Science 3 45
BHS3306 Sexual Behavior 3 45
BHS3308 Family Therapy/Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies 3 45
BHS3310 Qualitative Research in Behavioral Science 3 45
BHS3312 Behavioral Medicine 3 45
Semester IV Total: 15 225
SEMESTER V CREDITS HOURS
EAB3350 Introduction to Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3 45
EAB3356 Behavior and Motivation 3 45
EAB3370 Behaviorism in Contemporary Society 3 45
EAB3378 Behavior Analysis in Business and Managerial Settings 3 45
EAB3384 Behavior Analysis in Neurodevelopmental Disorders 3 45
Semester V Total: 15 225
SEMESTER VI CREDITS HOURS
EAB3382 Applied Behavior Analysis I 3 45
EAB3390 Behavior Analysis in Education 3 45
EAB3392 Behavior Analysis/Child Behavior Problems 3 45
EAB4406 Behavior Analysis in Neurocognitive Disorder and Aging 3 45
Semester VI Total: 12 180
SEMESTER VII CREDITS HOURS
EAB4404 Applied Behavior Analysis II 3 45
EAB4408 Single Subject Research Method 3 45
EAB4410 Behavior Assessment and Data Collection 3 45
EAB4414 Behavioral Pharmacology 3 45
EAB4422 Verbal Behavior 3 45
Semester VII Total: 15 225
SEMESTER VIII CREDITS HOURS
EAB4412 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis I 3 45
EAB4420 Theories and Application of Behavioral Change 3 45
EAB4436 Behavioral Technology 3 45
EAB4440 Survey of Behavior Analysis 3 45
Semester VIII Total: 12 180
SEMESTER IX CREDITS HOURS
EAB4434 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis II 3 45
EAB4442 Ethics for Behavior Analysis 3 45
EAB4450 Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 45
EAB4454 Integration 3 45
Semester IX Total: 12 180
Program Totals: 123 1890

Program Course Descriptions

BHS 3300 Personality
3 Semester Credits
This course surveys the field of personality from a scientific perspective, examining approaches to understanding personality with an emphasis in behaviorism. The key theorists and concepts associated with each perspective are highlighted, along with the strengths and limitations of the different approaches. Prerequisite: PSY2012, DEP1000.

BHS 3302 Behavioral Neurosciences
3 Semester Credits
The field of neuroscience focuses on brain mechanisms and how they give rise to behavioral functions in humans and animals. Behavioral neuroscience combines the disciplines of biology and psychology with a strong background in basic physical sciences and mathematics. The goal is to achieve an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of nerve cells, chemical transmission, neural circuits, fundamental biological processes such as inheritance and development, and then to see how these biological events give rise to normal and pathological behavior. Prerequisite: PSY2012, DEP1000.

BHS 3304 Quantitative Research in Behavioral Science
3 Semester Credits
Introduction to quantitative methods. this course covers the basics of structured interviews, questionnaires, and sampling polls to get a sense of behavior with precision. It includes Correlational, Causal-Comparative and Experimental research methods. Prerequisite: MAC2205, PSY2012.

BHS 3304 Quantitative Research in Behavioral Science
3 Semester Credits
Introduction to quantitative methods. this course covers the basics of structured interviews, questionnaires, and sampling polls to get a sense of behavior with precision. It includes Correlational, Causal-Comparative and Experimental research methods. Prerequisite: MAC2205, PSY2012.

BHS 3306 Sexual Behavior
3 Semester Credits
This course is designed to address all four levels with a broad-spectrum survey of the major perspectives on human sexuality. Although the primary focus of the course is on psychological research and theories, a comprehensive understanding of sexuality requires the integration of psychology with sociological/cultural, biological, legal, and philosophical/spiritual perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY2012, DEP1000, BHS3300.

BHS 3308 Family Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
3 Semester Credits
This course covers the basic principles, techniques, applications, uses, and contra indicators of the major family therapy systems models. Specifically, the Intersystem interface among intrapsychic, interpersonal, and family systems dynamics is addressed. Assessment techniques and intervention rationales are covered along with the role of the therapist and the therapist as person. The concepts of family-of-origin, family functioning, structure, strength, and narratives will be studied through an experiential and didactic approach. Application of Cognitive and Behavioral theory and research to practice is discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY2012, DEP1000, BHS3300.

BHS 3310 Qualitative Research in Behavioral Science
3 Semester Credits
Introduction to qualitative methods., this course covers the basics of phenomenology, unstructured surveys, case study, and naturalistic research. Prerequisite: MAC2205, PSY2012.

BHS 3312 Behavioral Medicine
3 Semester Credits
This course is designed as a survey of the topics in health psychology, behavioral medicine, and behavioral health. Health psychology is the scientific study of behavior that is related to health enhancement, disease, prevention, and rehabilitation. Behavioral health includes a wide variety of research and interventions that explore ways to keep healthy people from getting sick. The course will focus on the role of behavioral factors in health and wellness, and how behavioral factors can be used in prevention and rehabilitation. Stress and lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, alcohol. And drugs, in health and wellness will also be examined. Prerequisite: MAC2205, PSY2012, DEP1000, BHS3300.

EAB3350 Introduction to Experimental Analysis of Behavior
3 Semester Credits
An introduction to and survey of the principles, methods, theories, and applications of the experimental analysis of behavior.
Prerequisite: All BHS courses.

EAB 3356 Behavior and Motivation
3 Semester Credits
Development of varying problems in the field of motivation as approached in the different areas of behavior analysis.
Prerequisite: All BHS courses.

EAB 3370 Behaviorism in Contemporary Society
3 Semester Credits
Consideration of the applications of behavioral science and technology to contemporary society. Emphasis on the implications of behavior theory and the experimental analysis of behavior. Prerequisite: All BHS courses.

EAB 3378 Behavior Analysis in Business and Managerial Settings
3 Semester Credits
This course stresses the application of behavioral principles within business, industry and applied behavior analysis service- delivery settings. The class will provide an overview of contemporary research and practice in the field of performance management as well as topics related to research-based strategies for supervising employees in a variety of settings.
Prerequisite: All BHS courses.

EAB 3384 Behavior Analysis in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
3 Semester Credits
This course prepares behavior analysts to work with developmentally disabled and autistic individuals in a variety of settings ranging from their own home to community and residential placements. Topics include issues in assessment and intervention, reinforcer identification and effective usage, improving language capability, among others. Prerequisite: All BHS courses.

EAB 3382 Applied Behavior Analysis I
3 Semester Credits
This course provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work effectively with individuals in a variety of settings. This program provides an examination of the design, analysis, and application of learning theories and behavioral principles. It is designed to prepare you to pursue careers working with children and adults struggling with behaviors ranging from difficulty with everyday social interactions to various disorders including autism spectrum disorders, and other mental health challenges. Prerequisite: EAB3350.

EAB 3390 Behavior Analysis in Education
3 Semester Credits
Students will learn to apply the principles of operant and respondent conditioning to the control of human behavior. Behavioral problems in education are frequently amenable to the behavioral approach. Prerequisite: EAB3350.

EAB 3392 Behavior Analysis/Child Behavior Problems
3 Semester Credits
The applications of the theories and methods of behavior analysis to various childhood behavior disorders including anxiety and phobia, attention deficit disorders, autism, and obesity. Provides applied learning for the administration, scoring, and interpretation of behavioral and personality measures, such as parent/teacher/child interviews, youth self-report measures, standardized rating scales, and projective techniques. Encompasses written and oral reports to integrate results relevant to psychological services in educational settings, for example identification of emotional handicaps, intervention planning, and crises intervention. Prerequisite: EAB3350.

EAB 4406 Behavior Analysis in Neurocognitive Disorder and Aging
3 Semester Credits
This course prepares behavior analysts to work in mental health and aging. In mental health we will discuss empirically based behavioral treatment for social inadequacy using social skills training, the behavioral treatment of Alzheimer’s, Lewis body, and Parkinson disorder. The aging portion of the course includes behavioral interventions for incontinence as well as those designed to help the elderly compensate for memory impairments. Prerequisite: EAB3350.

EAB 4404 Applied Behavior Analysis II
3 Semester Credits
This course is the second part of Applied Behavior Analysis I and provides you with a deeper knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work effectively with individuals in a variety of settings. This program provides a deeper understanding an examination of the design, analysis, and application of learning theories and behavioral principles. It is designed to prepare you to pursue careers working with children and adults struggling with behaviors ranging from difficulty with everyday social interactions to various disorders including autism spectrum disorders, and other mental health challenges. Prerequisite: EAB3382.

EAB 4408 Single Subject Research Method
3 Semester Credits
This course offers an intensive study of single-case behavioral research methodology, which is used in both experimental and applied behavior analysis with equal rigor. The course will cover issues related to the study of behavior as a natural science, the measurement of behavior, experimental designs and methods and the interpretation of behavioral data. Ethical considerations relevant to behavior analysis research will also be covered. Describe the basic elements of a single-subject research design. Design simple single-subject studies using reversal and multiple-baseline designs. Explain how single-subject research designs address the issue of internal validity. Interpret the results of simple single-subject studies based on the visual inspection of graphed data. Prerequisite: EAB3382.

EAB 4410 Behavior Assessment and Data Collection
3 Semester Credits
This course covers the selection of assessments in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the experimental evaluation of interventions, measurement of behavior, and displaying and interpreting data using single-subject and small group design. The course will also address the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. Prerequisite: EAB3382.

EAB 4414 Behavioral Pharmacology
3 Semester Credits
Experimental analysis of the mechanisms based on interactions of drugs with environmental variables controlling behavior. Prerequisite: EAB3382, EAB3384, EAB4406.

EAB 4422 Verbal Behavior
3 Semester Credits
Verbal behavior is analyzed by function. Structural and developmental issues, as well as implications for language training and ethical application to autistic populations are integrated throughout. Prerequisite: EAB3382.

EAB 4412 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis I
3 Semester Credits
The course will offer advanced coverage of special topics, including practicing behavior analysis in applied settings such as schools and hospitals, conducting parent training, verbal behavior. Prerequisite: EAB4404.

EAB 4420 Theories and Application of Behavioral Change
3 Semester Credits
The objective of the course is to have students understand the basic principles of behavior modification, apply behavior modification strategies, examine and treat problematic behavior and enable self-management plans to modify different behaviors. The course may have the students practice these behavior modification strategies on themselves, in order to observe and record how these modifications occur in real life. Prerequisite: EAB4404, EAB4408, EAB4410.

EAB 4436 Behavioral Technology
3 Semester Credits
Introduction to the evaluation of intervention, staff training, managing treatment teams, as well as, data-based evaluation of teaching procedures, behavior outcomes and team member performance. Prerequisite: EAB4404.

EAB 4440 Survey of Behavior Analysis
3 Semester Credits
This course extends student knowledge research methods; measurement, reliability, experimental design, extension of basic research to applied settings. Prerequisite: EAB4404, EAB4408, EAB4410.

EAB 4434 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis II
3 Semester Credits
The course will offer advanced coverage of special topics, including managing problem behaviors such as self-injury, food refusal, and non-compliance, and dealing with special populations such as children with autism, individuals with traumatic brain injury, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Prerequisite: EAB4412.

EAB 4442 Ethics for Behavior Analysis
3 Semester Credits
This course provides the student with an overview of ethical practices and considerations for behavior analysts working across a variety of applied settings, including schools and agencies that support people with disabilities. Prerequisite: EAB4412.

EAB 4450 Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis
3 Semester Credits
This undergraduate course provides the student with information in the form of lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises on the history of autism and other developmental disabilities, developmental milestones, skills assessment, selecting and writing programs, verbal behavior, and programming for generalization and maintenance. Students will receive training on how to read, conduct, and interpret results from the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS); students will receive training on how to take ABLLS results and select and write corresponding programs; and students will receive training on how to troubleshoot and progress programs. Prerequisite: EAB4404, EAB4408, EAB4410, EAB4412, EAB4414, EAB4420, EAB4422, EAB4436, EAB4440.

EAB 4454 Integration
3 Semester Credits
The purpose of the integration course is to give students the opportunity to integrate many of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis within the context of a planned intervention to change the behavior of a person with disabilities in a positive way. Students complete Integration with support from their independent field work supervisor and faculty. Prerequisite: EAB4404, EAB4408, EAB4410, EAB4412, EAB4414, EAB4420, EAB4422, EAB4436, EAB444

Program Chair:
Prof. Michel Monal, MSPY.
Chairperson of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Associate Professor of Behavioral Science

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