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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Behavior Analysis Concentration, B.A.

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Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours
  • Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 44 Credit Hours
  • Electives 18-32 Credit Hours

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

The courses listed below are required of all students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, or any other bachelor’s degree program except Bachelor of Science, regardless of whether psychology is their first or second major.

Methodology Core: 8 Credit Hours

PSYC 210  and PSYC 211  are offered every semester; PSYC 212  is offered only during the fall semester; PSYC 213  is offered only during the spring semester.

Choose one of the following sequences:

SS Content Core – Psychology as a Social Science: 9 Credit Hours

Choose at least three of the following:

NS Content Core – Psychology as a Natural Science: 9 Credit Hours

Choose at least three of the following:

Psychology electives: 9 Credit Hours

At least three hours must be at the 400 level

Capstone course: 3 Credit Hours

Prior approval is required for students to enroll in more than one psychology capstone course.

Choose one of the following:


3 Some sections of this course may meet the sociocultural awareness requirement depending on the content; when this course does meet the requirement it will be listed in the notes section of the course listing in MyMadison.

Behavior Analysis Concentration

This concentration prepares students for employment with agencies that provide behavior analytic services and/or for pursuing a graduate degree in behavior analysis. This course sequence includes the course work requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) national certification examination.

Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following: 3-6 Credit Hours


1 Cannot be taken by students who have completed PSYC 390  or PSYC 480 .
2 Only certain sections will qualify; consult with the concentration coordinator before enrolling.
3 This course will count toward the experience requirements for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) National Certification Examination.

Total: 15-18 Credit Hours

Additional Information

With the assistance of their faculty advisers, students majoring in psychology select their area courses and psychology electives to meet their own individual needs and goals. Within the structure of the program, students may choose the courses of greatest interest to them.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

The following program sample is intended as a guide. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined; however, the semester during which a particular course is taken depends on a number of factors, including readiness to take MATH 220 , the semester the psychology major is started and other majors or minors the student is completing.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their psychology academic adviser to plan their personal course schedule. Because of course sequencing requirements, even with the most compressed program, a minimum of five semesters (or four semesters and summer school) is required to complete the psychology major.

First Year


1 A preliminary math course may be suggested after placement examinations. If suggested, the preliminary course should be taken first semester and MATH 220  second semester. Other 200-level mathematics courses may be substituted for MATH 220 . Any MATH course numbered 205 or above is an acceptable prerequisite for the psychology major.

Total: 15 Credit Hours

Second Semester

  • General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, B.S. Psychology Cognate and/or minor program courses 15 Credit Hours
Total: 15 Credit Hours

Second Year

First Semester


2 Any MATH course numbered 205 or above is a prerequisite for PSYC 210  and PSYC 212 . MATH 220  is recommended.

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Second Semester


3 PSYC 210  is a prerequisite for PSYC 211 .
4 PSYC 212  is a prerequisite for PSYC 213 .

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Third Year


  • SS content core courses 9 Credit Hours
  • NS content core courses 9 Credit Hours
  • Minor program courses or electives 12 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year


  • Psychology Upper level Specialty Content Course 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology 400 level elective 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology capstone course 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology, minor program or elective courses 21 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

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