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Undergraduate Track in Applied Behavior Analysis

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The ABA Track at Binghamton University is the first undergraduate program in the nation to receive course sequence approval by the international Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

The ABA Track courses fulfill BACB Course Content Requirements based on the 3rd and 4th edition task list specifications for the BCaBA exam. However, students must complete additional Supervised Independent Fieldwork post-graduation in order to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Download the Psychology Major: Track in Applied Behavior Analysis BACB Course Content Verification Form-4th Edition Task List, BCaBA Level

PSYC 355 L&C: Laboratory in Child Behavior (This course meets University GenEd Composition (C) AND Laboratory (L) requirements and is an approved departmental laboratory course).

  • This is a laboratory/practicum course for students who wish to learn about objective, empirically based concepts and procedures for the assessment, intervention and evaluation of human behavior using Applied Behavior Analysis methodology. Students are held to the highest standards of conduct as the setting for the course is a school program for children with special needs.
  • Prerequisite course requirements for PSYC 355 vary depending on whether a student is taking the course to fulfill a Gen Ed requirement, to fulfill requirements for the Psychology major, or as part of the ABA Track in psychology. Prerequisites could include: PSYC 243 and PSYC 344; PSYC 220 is strongly recommended. PSYC 356 is prerequisite OR co-requisite.
  • Any students who are in their sophomore year or higher and who have taken at least one psychology course are encouraged to apply. Interview and permission of the instructor required (conducted in the semester prior to enrollment).

    If interested in enrolling in PSYC 355, there will be a General Interest Meeting offered each semester prior to the desired semester of enrollment at the ICD. In order to enroll in PSYC 355, you must attend this meeting to meet with a course instructor for permission of enrollment. Check back at this site about 1-2 months into each semester for dates and times.

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    About the Undergraduate Track in Applied Behavior Analysis

    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) refers to the precise analysis of behavior and learning patterns, as well as the conditions that serve to evoke, establish, and maintain behavior. ABA draws upon the fields or experimental psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology and neuropsychology.

    • The ABA track is designed to prepare students who have a strong interest in children’s services for graduate school and/or careers in human services, specifically in the fields of:
      • Clinical psychology
      • Special education
      • Speech/language pathology
      • Research
      • Public policy

Applied Behavior Analysis is a specific conceptual and methodological approach for educational and treatment intervention that historically derives primarily from research in psychology on basic learning processes. Applied Behavior Analysis refers to the precise analysis of behavior and learning patterns and the conditions that serve to elicit and maintain these behaviors and patterns. Unfortunately, these principles and the substantial body of knowledge that they are based upon is often mistranslated and simplified such that reference is only made to simple techniques such as motivational reward and other such isolated procedures. This does not at all capture the sophistication, complexity, effectiveness, nor principles of applied behavior analysis.

Applied Behavior Analysis must also be discussed within the context of the particular characteristics of the individual receiving services, as well as family, social and political contexts. The choice of setting, structure and goals is highly dependent upon the diagnostic issues surrounding the individual, whether that be autism, developmental delay, learning disability etc. Strong emphasis is placed upon knowledge of basic and applied research, professional ethics, and practical skills. The philosophy of the Psychology Major Track in Applied Behavior Analysis is that the teaching of Applied Behavior Analysis must be done in a systematic and comprehensive manner that directly addresses appropriate application, taking into consideration issues that are inherent in the delivery of educational and clinical services.

The ABA Track is supported by a generous grant from the Brian and Gale Paul Fund.

Undergraduate Course Information

For further details on major requirements please see below:

Undergraduate Roles at ICD

Trainees- Undergraduates in PSYC 355 and 493 who assist staff with a child or group of children under continual supervision wherein feedback is provided on performance. Feedback is provided in both written and verbal format. Emphasis is on initial skill acquisition of ABA principles and techniques.

Advanced Trainees- Undergraduates chosen from the most exemplary undergraduates in the psychology track in ABA with responsibilities that include assistance to staff members and direct instruction to the children under supervision of staff. Emphasis is on further development of skills under a wider range of contexts.

Peer Supervisors- Undergraduates, who are also advanced trainees at ICD, expected to provide peer supervision, feedback, and ongoing support to both trainees and other advanced trainees.

Research Assistants-Undergraduates expected to assist with various ongoing research projects, including but not limited to research protocol implementation, behavioral observation, and data collection, entry, and analysis.

For additional information follow this link to Binghamton University’s Psychology Department website. For more information about the ABA Track you can contact the ICD by calling 777-2829 or by e-mail at

Course Requirements:

  • All students are required to attend the first seminar held at the ICD the first Monday of the semester, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
  • During the first one to two weeks of the semester, students are required to follow the intensive training schedule required for their practicum assignment. This schedule is distributed on the first day of class. At the end of training all students must take written manual exams to show competency.
  • A mandatory training is also held either the first or second weekend following the start of classes. If a weekend is not available due to university holidays, intensive training will occur during the first weeks of the semester. At the end of the training, new students are required to take a performance exam before working with children at the ICD.
  • Students who do not attend the first seminar, complete all the required training requirements, or fail to pass either the written manual exam or the performance exam within three attempts MUST withdraw from the course.
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