Your Future In Applied Behavior Analysis

People with degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis are competitive for positions in a variety of fields. These jobs generally involve working directly with client populations or helping more experienced behavior analysts with projects and research. You can be credentialed as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, which qualifies you to work in:

  • ABA therapy for families who have children with autism
  • Business and industry
  • Residential and training facilities for people with disabilities
  • School settings

What we offer

Our curriculum teaches you how behavior is affected by events in the social and physical environment, how to change behavior and how to improve lives. We combine theoretical and practical learning to provide an in-depth knowledge base and marketable skills.

You'll gain practical experience through required field work or by joining ongoing application and research projects. Some projects have involved working with:

  • Animals in homes and zoos
  • Area schools
  • Basic research in behavioral neuroscience
  • Children with autism
  • Easter Seals North Texas
  • Hospitals
  • The Denton State Supported Living Center
  • The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center
  • Undergraduate students at UNT

Our full-time faculty consists of six nationally recognized experts in the field. They've published extensively in refereed journals and presented research at national conferences.

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. The department has been recognized for its tradition of leadership in teaching, service and scholarship by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis. It also serves as the headquarters for the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis.

Our degree program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (550 W. Centre Ave.; Portage, Mich. 49024; telephone 269-492-9310). This accreditation means the program meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community brings together students who live on campus and want to make a difference in their community. The UNT SERVES! Community enhances students' academic and social experiences.

What to expect

You'll complete 34 credit hours of formal course work, allowing you to graduate with two majors or several minors in other disciplines. The necessary course work focuses on:

  • Applied behavior analysis literature
  • Behavior change techniques
  • Behavior management
  • Behavior principles
  • Behavior technology
  • Data collection and analysis

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.