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

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 Crs. Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 Crs. Required)3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3ABSC 100 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Major Requirement)3
ABSC 160 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)3Goal 2.2 Oral Communication3
 15 15
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science3
ABSC 304 (Major Requirement)3ABSC 308 (Major Requirement)4
Minor Course13Minor Course13
Elective3Elective 300+ Level3
 15 16
Goal 4.1 U.S. Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
ABSC 509 (Major Requirement)3ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)23
ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)23ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)23
Minor Course 300+ Level13Minor Course 300+ Level13
Elective 300+ Level3Elective2
 15 14
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3ABSC Practicum 2nd Semester (Major Requirement)33
ABSC 679 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requriement)33ABSC Specialty Area Elective (Major Requirement)23
Minor Course 300+ Level13Minor Course 300+ Level13
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

 The BGS requires completion of a minor (or a second major) outside of the major area of study. Most minors require 18 hours with 12 at the 300+ level.


11 hours of ABSC Specialty Area elective courses are required. Visit the degree requirements tab for a list of approved courses. 


Two semesters of practicum are required: ABSC 679 and ABSC 675-ABSC 680. The courses are offered for 3-5 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters, and for 3 hours during the summer term.

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.

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.