Applied Behavioral Analysis

The University of Saint Joseph offers undergraduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? 

ABA is the science of human behavior.

What does an ABA practitioner do? 

Practitioners of ABA improve socially important behavior through the application of interventions based upon the principles of learning. These principles, developed and evaluated through scientific experiments, are proven to apply across species, populations, and circumstances. The ABA coursework will teach you how to apply the scientific principles of learning and behavior to make positive changes in your own life, and in the lives of others.

Who would benefit from taking courses in ABA? 

Anyone choosing a career that involves working with people, including those majoring in:

  • Business/Management
  • Child Study
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education/Teacher Certificate
  • Family Studies
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Work
  • Special Education

Courses offered by the Department of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies

Please see our online catalog for more information.

Curriculum completion will prepare you to:

  • Successfully navigate interactions with individuals in your chosen profession
  • Teach and manage behavior more effectively in various settings
  • Improve organizational functioning in professional settings (e.g., staff performance, effective management)
  • Sit for the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst examination (BCaBA®)*
  • With certification as a BCaBA®, monitor and implement ABA interventions with diverse populations in multiple professional settings, under the supervision of a Master’s or Doctoral-Level BCBA®

*Note: To sit for the exam, students must accrue additional hours of supervised experience. See for more information.

Contact Us:

For questions or to learn more about ABA, please contact:

Nicole Groskreutz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
[email protected]

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