Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Applied Behavioral Science with a concentration in Basic Research. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
ABSC 160 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)3ABSC 100 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
ABSC 304 (Major Requirement)3Goal 3 Natural Science3
PSYC 210 (Major Requirement)3Lab Requirement (BA Lab Science)1-2
Goal 3 Humanities3ABSC 308 (Major Requirement)4
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)33
 15 14-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
ABSC 509 (Major Requirement)3ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)33
ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)33ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)33
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ABSC 692 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)43ABSC 692 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)43
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

3

Satisfied by completing any junior/senior-level ABSC courses, except those already required as introductory and core knowledge courses (ABSC 304, ABSC 308, ABSC 509). Additionally, practicum courses (ABSC 675-ABSC 699) do not count toward specialty area elective hours. Please see a specialty area advisor for recommendations. 

4

Two semesters of practicum (ABSC 692) are required. Practicum courses are offered for 3-6 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours during the summer session. However, no more than 6 hours total apply to the major. The prerequisite is the permission of the supervisor, as space permits. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.