Behavior Analysis Requirements

Psychology Major:
Behavior Analysis Concentration Degree Requirements

As an alternative to the General Psychology curriculum, psychology majors may elect to pursue a concentration in Behavior Analysis. Eastern was the first school in Connecticut to offer a program to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. (The program is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.) Students prepare for board certification in behavioral analysis. Careers in the field range from working with children with autism to serving as a behavior therapist. In addition to core psychology courses, students take 15 credits of required courses ranging from ethics for behavioral analysis to sustainable behavior, as well as courses in developmental psychology (childhood, adolescence, adulthood); individual differences (e.g. abnormal psychology); the physiological basis of behavior (e.g. neuropsychology); and other specialized courses.

Students who enrolled at Eastern in Fall 2014 or later

The minimum 47 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the Behavior Analysis Concentration must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended courses to meet LAC
BIO202/203Human Biology (Lecture/Lab, T1NS)
MAT216Statistical Data Analysis
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY101Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY227Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY247Research Methods I (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY327Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY419History and Systems
PSY402/409Current Research in Child Psychology or
Current Research in Psychology
Required Courses
Students must complete all courses from the following list
PSY216Ethics for Behavior Analysis (1 credit)
PSY316Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY407Learning II
PSY416Sustainable Behavior
Developmental Courses
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY204Psychology of the Infant and Toddler
PSY206Psychology of Childhood
PSY208Psychology of Adolescence
PSY210Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Individual Differences
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY301Abnormal Psychology
PSY302Child Psychopathology
Biological Bases of Behavior
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY318Sensation and Perception
PSY418Physiological Psychology
PSY430Human Neuropsychology
Specialized Courses
Students must complete two courses from the following list, with no more than 3 credits of PSY 480 and above
PSY303Industrial-Organizational Psychology
PSY315Psychology of Gender
PSY319Human Sexuality
PSY325Health Psychology
PSY330Evolutionary Psychology
PSY450Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSY460Special Topics Seminar
PSY480/490/491/496/497/498Independent Study or
Teaching Assistantship or
Research Assistantship or
Psychology Internship: Group or
Psychology Internship: Individualized or
Research Field Experience