Minor

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science offers a curriculum through which students learn how to examine and address problems of social importance across the lifespan. Students receive training in the application of behavioral science to improve the human condition through prevention and intervention.

Students who complete a general ABS minor are required to complete ABSC 100 and at least an additional 15 credit hours of course work in ABS, 12 of which must be at the junior/senior level (courses numbered 300 or above).  No more than 3 credit hours in practicum courses and no more than 3 credit hours in research, special topics, and study abroad courses may count towards the general ABS minor.

The minor in ABSC fulfills the College’s minor requirement for the B.G.S. degree (required of all undergraduate students who entered KU in Fall 2008 or thereafter). 

We recommend that students who are interested in an ABS minor see an ABS advisor and consider completing course series that focus on one of the following specialty areas: Early Childhood Education and Intervention; Early Childhood Autism Intervention, Early Childhood Research, Youth Development and Juvenile Justice, Adults with Disabilities, Community Health and Development, Basic Research in Behavioral Science, Organizational Behavior Management Research and Practice, and Historical and Conceptual Foundations of Behavioral Science.  Specialty area course sequences are described below.

*Admission to practicum courses (listed below) for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Minor Curriculum

  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 160 - Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)
  3. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  4. ABSC 444 - Curriculum Development for Young Children (3)

And one course (3 hrs) from the following:

  • ABSC 350 - Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism

or

  • ABSC > 300 level - Any junior-senior level ABSC course, except those listed above and below. See specialty area advisors for recommendations.

And a practicum:  ABSC 675*, 676*, 677*, or 678* (3-5 hrs)

  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 160 - Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)
  3. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  4. ABSC 444 - Curriculum Development for Young Children (3)
  5. ABSC 350 - Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism (3)
  6. ABSC 680* - Practicum in Behavioral Treatments for Children with Autism (3-5)
  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 160 - Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)
  3. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  4. ABSC 308 - Research Methods and Applications (4)

And one course (3 hrs) from the following:

  • ABSC 350 - Behavioral Treatment for Children With Autism (3)

or

  • ABSC 444 - Curriculum Development for Young Children (3)

or

  • ABSC 509 - Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)

And a practicum: ABSC 679* (3-5 hrs)

  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Science (3)
  2. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  3. ABSC 410 - Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)
  4. ABSC 560 - Juvenile Justice System: a Behavioral and Legal Perspective (3)
  5. ABSC 694* - Practicum in Juvenile Problems (10 - Fall & Spring semesters required)
  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  3. ABSC 350 - Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism (3)
  4. ABSC 410 - Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)

And one course (3 hrs) from the following:

  • ABSC 535 - Developmental Psychopathology (3)

or

  • ABSC 43 - Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)

or

  • ABSC 565 - Applied Developmental Psychology                       

 

And a practicum: ABSC 685* (3 hrs)

  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 150/151 - Community Leadership (3)
  3. ABSC 310 - Building Healthy Communities (3)    

And any three courses from the following:

  • ABSC 410 Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)
  • ABSC 437 - Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)
  • ABSC 535 - Developmental Psychopathology (3)
  • ABSC 562 - Behavioral Community Psychology (3)
  • ABSC 565 - Applied Developmental Psychology
  • ABSC 626 - Psychology of Adolescents
  • ABSC 671 - Applied Behavior Analysis
  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 308 - Research Methods and Applications (4)
  3. PSYC 300/301 - Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
  4. ABSC 425 - Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science  (3)
  5. ABSC 509 - Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)
  6. ABSC 692* - Practicum in Basic Behavioral Research (3) 
  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  3. ABSC 308 - Research Methods and Applications (4)
  4. ABSC 470 - Organizational Behavior Management (3)
  5. ABSC 509 - Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)
  6. ABSC 682 - Practicum in Organizational Behavior Management (3-5)
  1. ABSC 100/101 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  2. ABSC 304 - Principles of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
  3. ABSC 308 - Research Methods and Applications (4)
  4. ABSC 425 - Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science  (3)
  5. ABSC 509 - Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)
  6. ABSC 693* - Practicum in Historical and Conceptual Foundations (3)