Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Course Sequence

Applied Behavior Analysis is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics, schools and industry with the aim of improving socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning. 

A Helping Profession

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to helping people change their behaviors with strong empirical support. It offers career opportunities with diverse employment avenues including business and industry, education, treatment of mental health issues, geriatrics, parenting and family relationships, and autism treatment.

Applied Behavioral Analysis

Berry College junior, Mikayla Camacho, receives the award for “Best undergraduate poster” at the fall 2019 Georgia Association of Applied Behavior Analysis (GABA) conference in Athens. Mikayla’s and her research advisor, Dr. Thom Ratkos, research study is titled Disrupting Delayed Matching-to-Sample Performance with Verbal and Non-Verbal Tasks.
Her current research activities are funded by the Kirbo grant.

In fact, Applied Behavior Analysis is the primary evidence-based treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Importantly, there is currently a shortage of trained Behavior Analysts both nationally and internationally.

Berry College’s course sequence for becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®) helps prepare students to become competent practitioners of behavior analysis. Required coursework includes Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis, Applied Practice in Behavior Analysis, Single Subject Design in Applied Behavior Analysis and Advanced Strategies for Changing Behavior.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

The verified course sequence is housed in the Department of Psychology at Berry. It is open to all undergraduate majors at Berry College. Psychology enables a better understanding of such areas as human development, learning and memory, social influence, and personality. It can also provide the foundation for future psychological research to address questions on behavior and mental processes that still remain. Our students develop research and writing skills, and become better problem solvers and obtain the critical thinking skills to succeed in graduate school or the work force.

Prestigious Internships

To help our students earn the required supervised hours for certification, we offer a number of internship opportunities with community-based partners working with ABA such as:

ABA courses are taught at Berry, while supervised practical experience and internships are offered off-campus at the sites of our community partners.

BCaBA Exam Pass Rates

BACB exam pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation. The BCaBA course sequence at Berry currently falls into this category. Pass-rate data can be found here:

Answers to Your Questions

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence at Berry, please call (706) 290-2660.