Applied Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Option (B.S.)

Applied Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Option (B.S.)
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  Online Program

Our online B.S. in Applied Psychology provides an understanding of human behavior within a sociocultural context.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?  

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding and changing behavior. It is based on the principles of behaviorism, which suggests that behavior is learned and can be modified through various techniques. ABA is commonly used in therapeutic interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, but it can also be applied in many other settings, including education, healthcare, business, and even everyday life. ABA is a highly individualized approach, with interventions tailored to the specific needs and abilities of each person. It emphasizes evidence-based practices and has a strong focus on improving the overall quality of life for individuals with behavioral challenges. 

Why Study Applied Behavior Analysis at UNH College of Professional Studies? 

There are several compelling reasons why someone might choose to enroll in the Applied Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis program at UNH College of Professional Studies. Our program allows you to study the foundational concepts within applied psychology that will then support your deeper dive into behavior analysis concepts and practices. Some benefits of enrolling in this program include: 

Impactful Career Opportunities: With a background in ABA, you can make a real difference in people's lives by helping them overcome challenges and achieve their goals. You may work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, mental health issues, or other special needs.  

Evidence-Based Practice: ABA is based on scientific research and data, ensuring that interventions are effective and evidence-based. This approach sets ABA apart from many other fields and makes it a highly respected discipline. 

Growing Demand: The demand for ABA services continues to grow as more parents, educators, and healthcare professionals recognize its effectiveness. As a result, there is a high need for qualified practitioners who can provide these services. 

Personal Fulfillment: Working in ABA can be incredibly rewarding on a personal level. Helping others overcome obstacles and reach their full potential can bring a sense of purpose and satisfaction like few other careers. 

Versatility: ABA skills can be applied in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, hospitals, and private practices. Additionally, ABA principles can be used in various areas such as organizational behavior management and the treatment of addictions. 

Professional Development: Pursuing a career in ABA offers opportunities for ongoing professional growth and development. There are numerous continuing education courses, conferences, and workshops available to help you stay up-to-date on best practices and new research findings. 

Potential Career Areas 

  • Behavior Technician
  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Research Assistant
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Sales Representative

Course Highlights

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Human Development
  • Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Principles of Psychopathology
  • Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • …and more!


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

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  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

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Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.


Curriculum & Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology provides an understanding of human behavior within a socio-cultural context. Students explore the variables affecting human behavior within both individual and group settings. The major positions students for either post-college employment or advanced education. The applied behavior analysis option introduces students to procedures and research in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Courses in this option cover evidence-based practices and concepts in ABA and how they are applied in professional ABA practice.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
PSY 410 Introduction to Psychology 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
PSY 470
or PSY 525
Child Development
or Human Development
Second Year
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
PSY 530
or SOSC 602
or SOCI 601
Social Psychology
or Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
or Society and the Individual
MTH 504 Statistics 4
General Education Course 4
IDIS 560 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences 4
PSY 602
or PSY 685
Theories of Personality
or Principles of Psychopathology
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
Third Year
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
PSY 550 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis 4
PSY 725 Cognitive Psychology 4
Elective 4
PSY 620 Behavioral Assessments and Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis I 4
PSY 660 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 4
Major Elective 4
Elective 4
Fourth Year
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
PSY 720 Behavioral Assessments and Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis II 4
PSY 740 Biopsychology 4
Elective 4
PSY 797
or PSY 795
Integrative Capstone: Project in Applied Psychology
or Integrative Capstone: Internship in Applied Psychology
Elective 4
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
MTH 510
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Applied Psychology
Foundation Courses
PSY 410Introduction to Psychology4
PSY 470Child Development4
or PSY 525 Human Development
PSY 530Social Psychology4
or SOSC 602 Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
or SOCI 601 Society and the Individual
MTH 504Statistics4
Intermediate Courses
PSY 602Theories of Personality4
or PSY 685 Principles of Psychopathology
IDIS 560Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences4
Major Electives
Select one of the following:4
BEHS 695
Internship in Behavioral Science
or CRIM 425
Juvenile Justice
or MGMT 566
Organizational Behavior
or PSY 530
Social Psychology
or PSY 602
Theories of Personality
or PSY 603
Crisis Intervention
or PSY 626
Educational Psychology
or PSY 630
Psychology of Adulthood
or PSY 646
Psychology of Occupational Stress
or PSY 654
Counseling Theories
or PSY 665
Principles of Assessment
or PSY 685
Principles of Psychopathology
or SLA 506
Language Acquisition
or SOCI 675
Child Abuse and Neglect
or SOSC 602
Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Advanced Courses
PSY 725Cognitive Psychology4
PSY 740Biopsychology4
Option in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY 550Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis4
PSY 620Behavioral Assessments and Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis I4
PSY 660Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis4
PSY 720Behavioral Assessments and Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis II4
Integrative Capstone
PSY 795Integrative Capstone: Internship in Applied Psychology4
or PSY 797 Integrative Capstone: Project in Applied Psychology
Total Credits56


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

  • Differentiate and critically analyze biological, developmental, cognitive, and sociocultural theories that provide an understanding of behavior and communicate this knowledge effectively.
  • Use computer technology, as well as quantitative and scientific reasoning, to function as informed consumers of psychological research.
  • Apply ethical principles that guide and inform the conduct of research and clinical practice.
  • Develop strategies to implement behavioral methods and assessments with individuals to change behavior and increase socially significant behaviors.

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