Why study applied behavioral science?

Because a science can solve relevant problems — individual and societal, local and global.

Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting a minor in Applied Behavioral Science are required to complete ABSC 100 and at least 15 credit hours of coursework 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 toward the general ABS minor.

We recommend that students who are interested in an ABS minor see an ABS advisor and consider completing a course sequence 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.

Early Childhood Autism Intervention 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 160Introduction to Child Behavior and Development3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
ABSC 350The Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism3
ABSC 444Curriculum Development for Young Children3
ABSC 680Practicum in Advanced Laboratory in the Development of Behavioral Treatments for Children with Autsm 13
 
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Early Childhood Research 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 160Introduction to Child Behavior and Development3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
ABSC 308Research Methods and Application4
Select one of the following:3
The Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism
Curriculum Development for Young Children
Contemporary Behavioral Science: Historical, Conceptual, and Comparative Foundations
ABSC 679Practicum in Behavior Analysis Research in Early Childhood Education 13
 
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Early Childhood Education & Intervention 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 160Introduction to Child Behavior and Development3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
Select one of the following:3
The Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism
Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Development
Issues in Parenting
Select one of the following:3
Practicum in Infant-Toddler Care and Early Intervention I
   and Practicum in Infant-Toddler Care and Early Intervention II 1
Practicum in Preschool Education and Intervention I
   and Practicum in Preschool Education and Intervention II 1
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Youth Development and Juvenile Justice 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
ABSC 410Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents3
ABSC 560The Juvenile Justice System: A Behavioral and Legal Perspective3
ABSC 694Practicum in Juvenile Problems 13
 
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Adults with Disabilities 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
ABSC 350The Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism3
ABSC 410Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents3
Select one of the following:3
Developmental Psychopathology
Independent Living and People with Disabilities
Applied Developmental Psychology
ABSC 685Practicum in Community-based Residential or Day Treatment Programs for Disabled Adults 13
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Community Health and Development 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 150Community Leadership3
ABSC 310Building Healthy Communities3
Select three of the following:9
Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents
Independent Living and People with Disabilities
Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Development
Issues in Parenting
Developmental Psychopathology
Behavioral Community Psychology
Applied Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Adolescence
Applied Behavior Analysis
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Basic Research in Behavioral Science 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 308Research Methods and Application4
PSYC 210Statistics in Psychological Research3
ABSC 425Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 509Contemporary Behavioral Science: Historical, Conceptual, and Comparative Foundations3
ABSC 692Practicum in Basic Research 13
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Organizational Behavior Management Research & Practice 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
ABSC 308Research Methods and Application4
ABSC 470Organizational Behavior Management3
ABSC 509Contemporary Behavioral Science: Historical, Conceptual, and Comparative Foundations3
ABSC 682Organizational Behavior Management Practicum 13
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Conceptual Foundations of Behavioral Science 

ABSC 100Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 304The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy3
ABSC 308Research Methods and Application4
ABSC 425Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 509Contemporary Behavioral Science: Historical, Conceptual, and Comparative Foundations3
ABSC 693Practicum in Historical and Conceptual Foundations 13
 
1

Indicates practicum course. Admission to practicum courses for students completing a minor in ABS is subject to limitations on practicum openings.

Applied Behavioral Science Minor Hours & GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the Minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.