Curriculum

For information on degrees, minors, etc., please visit the College of Public Affairs and Community Services Office of Student Services website. Dr. Rick Smith is the department's undergraduate adviser. Contact him for specific course and degree information at (940) 565-4970.

The undergraduate catalog is available online, and includes course descriptions and class schedules. Note: the most recent course descriptions are on the department website. Teaching evaluations of our courses by students are over 4 on the 5-is-best scale as a departmental average.

Our curriculum:
2300/3150- Behavior Principles I- 3 hours. Focuses on basic behavioral principles that describe relations between operant behavior and the social and physical environment. Includes principles that describe the origin and maintenance of learned behavior.

BEHV 2300 is now available as an internet course for everyone anywhere on the planet to take! If you live more than 50 miles from the main UNT campus in Denton, you are eligible to take the course. For information about the course and how to register please see this webpage -  UNT page.

2700- Behavior Principles II- 3 hours. Focuses on more complex behavioral principles and issues surrounding the application of behavioral principles in the analysis and modification of behavior.

3440- Data Collection and Analysis- 4 hours. Teaches dimensional properties of behavior, methods of direct observation and measurement, methods of summarizing data, preparing graphs and analyzing data. Includes supervised fieldwork.

3550- Behavior Change Techniques- 4 hours. Identifying behavior/environment relations that constitute behavioral deficits or excesses. Carrying out behavior change procedures involving shaping, discrimination training, instructional training, imitation training, and differential reinforcement. Includes supervised fieldwork.

3660- Survey of Applied Behavior Analysis Literature- 3 hours. A survey of the literature of application, including precision learning, functional analysis and treatment of problem behavior, operant skill acquisition, community behavioral interventions, home and school interventions. Includes developing review papers.

3770- Building Skills with Behavior Technology- 4 hours. Details interventions designed to achieve effective behavioral repertoires tailored to specific individual needs. The content focuses on identifying environmental conditions that promote and maintain desirable behavior, adopting interventions to train the desired target behavior, and implementing procedures to maintain the acquired behavior. Includes supervised fieldwork.

4010- Functional Analysis & Problem Behavior- 4 hours. Focuses on assessment and intervention procedures in severe behavior disorders. Emphasis on identifying conditions that evoke and maintain self-injurious and other serious problem behavior and rearranging those conditions to reduce the rate of behavior while promoting adaptive alternatives. Includes supervised fieldwork.

4310- Self-Management- 3 hours. Learn techniques for managing your own behavior. Project required in which you apply this knowledge to measure and change your behavior. Useful for self-control in work, school, or interpersonal relationships.

4400- Organizational Behavior Management- 3 hours. Discusses the practical application of behavior analysis concepts to help improve employee performance in business, industry, or any organization. Covers performance technology methods of performance analysis, measurement, and the use of proven interventions such as feedback and reinforcement systems.

4750- Advanced Readings in Behavior Analysis- 3 hours. Introduces theoretical and philosophical issues in behavior analysis. Focuses on interpreting complex behavior in terms of complex arrangements of environmental events as they relate to the behavior of individuals. Considers interlocking operant behavior of individuals in social systems.


Behavior Analysis Electives:
3200- Science, Skepticism, and Weird Behavior- 3 hours. This revised course will discuss scientific thinking in dealing with explanations of and interventions for human behavior. Readings include a fascinating scientific look at the paranormal (ESP, psychics), bogus therapies, and superstitions. No prerequisites- this entertaining course is open to all UNT students!

4800- Positive Parenting-3 hours. This is a new course open to all UNT students. It is designed to address the issues faced by parents in modern society. An emphasis is placed on positive techniques to enhance parent-child interactions. Students interested in learning how behavior analysis can change lives should take this course!

4900- Special Problems- Students negotiate some project with a faculty member, such as writing a review paper, conducting research, or working on applied projects with faculty and advanced graduate students. You must get this approved by the faculty ahead of time.

3000. Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism I: Basic Techniques. 4 hours. (3;1) Describes basic treatment techniques involved in behavioral treatment of children with autism. Students learn behavioral characteristics and etiology of autism and the history of applied behavior analysis in autism, and complete extensive supervised practical training. Prerequisite(s): BEHV 2300 or 3150

3150. Basic Behavior Principles
. 3 hours. Basic principles underlying behavior change in all fields; experimental underpinnings of science of behavior; focus on the relations among events that account for the acquisition and maintenance of individual behavior.

4000. Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism II: Program Development. 4 hours. (3;1) Describes curricular, research and development issues involved in the scientist-practitioner model of applied behavior analysis interventions for young children with autism. Students design data collection systems, identify variables affecting behavior, and evaluate program efficacy. Students conduct upper level program design and implementation, and complete extensive practical training. Prerequisite(s): BEHV 3000.