What is behavior analysis?
Behavior analysis is a natural-science approach to understanding the causes of behavior. In basic behavior analysis, we investigate general learning processes and principles that govern the behavior of humans and other animals. Applied behavior analysis is the scientific application of these principles to a wide range of socially relevant behavior. Professionals in applied behavior analysis address behavioral needs in a variety of contexts including education, organizational behavior management, drug addictions, and work with persons with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Do you want to explore behavior analysis?
- Take courses with an EAB prefix
- Get involved in a basic or applied research lab (Drs. Dallery, DeLeon, Gravina, Iwata, Vollmer). Check the faculty websites for more information.
- Start talking to graduate students and faculty in the behavior analysis program
behavior analysis specialization track in psychology
The Department of Psychology at the University of Florida offers a specialization track in Behavior Analysis. The curriculum includes coursework in behavior analysis, psychology, statistics, mathematics, and biology. The specialization also allows the option to conduct a senior honors thesis. The behavior analysis coursework includes a Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB)-verified course sequence that prepares students to sit for the BCaBA exam after graduation. Students who successfully complete this sequence will automatically meet the coursework requirement to qualify for the exam. In addition to this coursework, the student will have to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practical experience in behavior analysis to fully qualify for the exam. For more information about certification, please see the link to Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Please see the complete required coursework for the specialization track in Psychology. Below are brief descriptions of the courses in behavior analysis.
EAB 3764 – Applied Behavior Analysis Extension of learning principles to human problems. Topics include: child development, education, mental health, mental retardation, behavioral medicine, business and industry, aging and environmental applications.
EAB 3002 – Principles of Behavior Analysis An introduction to and survey of the principles, methods, theories and applications of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
EAB 4184 – Behaviorism and Contemporary Society Consideration of the applications of behavioral science and technology to contemporary society with emphasis upon the implications of conceptual and experimental analysis for understanding social problems.
EAB 4714 – Laboratory in Applied Behavioral Analysis Introduction to Research Methods in applied behavior analysis. Computerized measurement and assessment of human behavior in ongoing field studies, data analysis, implementation of experimental techniques.
EAB 4930 – Advanced Seminar in Behavior Analysis. Topics rotate and include autism, organizational behavior management, applied animal behavior, functional analysis, controversies in behavior analysis.
Demand for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts is increasing
“Annual demand for individuals holding BCBA/BCBA-D certification has increased approximately 800% from 2010 to 2017, with increases seen in almost every state. Annual demand for individuals holding BCaBA certification also increased in the same time period, with the largest increases occurring in the last 4 years (a 995% increase).” – Burning Glass Technologies, 2018, US Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts