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On Campus
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2-3 semesters
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Why do people behave as they do? Learn about the science of behavior and the technology of behavior change.
Behavioral principles underlie learning in a large number of areas. If you want to understand and help children with autism, use science to improve the lives of individuals with developmental and behavioral disabilities, study animal behavior or enhance organizational behavior, our Behavior Analysis minor is for you.

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Why Earn a Behavior Analysis Minor?

Our courses describe behavioral principles that underlie learning in a variety of areas, methods to measure and describe learning, and technologies to support learning and behavior change. The minor works really well with any degree that is concerned with behavior such as speech-language pathology, rehabilitation, psychology, neuroscience, or even business management or merchandising.

Behavior Analysis Minor Highlights

UNT's Department of Behavior Analysis was the nation's first stand-alone department of behavior analysis and offered the first undergraduate degree in the field. It also serves as the headquarters for the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis.
Our degree program includes an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence (VCS), which provides the coursework required for certification (other requirements must be met to apply for the certification exam).
The department has been recognized for its tradition of leadership in teaching, service and scholarship by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.
Coursework focuses on applied behavior analysis literature, behavior change techniques, behavior management, behavior principles, behavior technology and data collection and analysis
Our full-time faculty consists of nationally recognized experts in the field. They've published extensively in refereed journals and presented research at national and international conferences.

Behavior Analysis Minor Courses You Could Take

Behavior Principles II (3 hrs)
Behavioral principles describing relations between behavior and antecedents. Principles of operant stimulus control, discrimination and generalization, stimulus equivalence and establishing operations are related to laboratory procedures, to occurrence in everyday life and to intervention techniques. Principles of respondent (Pavlovian) conditioning related to laboratory procedures, everyday occurrence and their applications in behavioral interventions.
Science, Skepticism and Weird Behavior (3 hrs)
Utilizes scientific critical thinking to examine the causes of various strange phenomena, including alleged paranormal events, magic, superstition, mystery illnesses, bogus therapies and pseudoscience. Seeks to explain why people believe and do weird things.
Data Collection and Analysis (4 hrs)
Methods of observing and measuring behavior and for analyzing behavioral data. Topics include dimensional properties of behavior, techniques of direct observation, methods of summarizing data, preparing graphs and analyzing graphed data. Introduces single-subject experimental designs including reversal, multiple baseline and multi-element designs.
Behavior Principles and Self-Management (3 hrs)
Uses behavior principles to understand and deal with problems in self-management. Self-assessment of goals, options and necessary trade-offs is followed by a behavior analysis of the nature of the self-management problem.
Organizational Behavior Management (3 hrs)
Describes theory and techniques of applying behavior analysis principles to solve performance problems and design more effective workplaces. Focuses on pinpointing critical work behaviors, measuring work performance, analyzing the contingencies responsible for the performance, implementing and evaluating intervention programs involving stimulus control, feedback and reinforcement systems to improve employee performance.
Behavior Principles I (3 hrs)
Behavior is examined as a part of the natural world, with primary focus on principles describing relations between operant behavior and its consequences. The principles of reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement and punishment are related to naturally occurring events and to experimental and intervention procedures.

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