Undergraduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Behavior Analysis Certificate Program is designed for students who wish to earn a specialization in applied behavior analysis at the B.A. level.

In order to obtain university certification students must:

  • Earn a 3.5 grade point average in the Program
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree with a major in Psychology or a related field.
  • NOTE:  Students pursuing certification may matriculate through the regular enrollment procedures or through Open University/Continuing Education.
  • NOTE:  That this program is not intended for graduate students or those already with a Masters degree.

Students who complete the program will receive a University Certificate and are eligible to sit for the national certification to become Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA).

Please contact either Dr. Miguel at 916-278-6813 or miguelc@csus.edu or Dr. Penrod at 916-278-6457 or penrodb@csus.edu if you have any further questions.


 Required Courses (17 units)

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

  • PSYC 171: Applied Behavior Analysis (4 units)
  • PSYC 181: Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 units)
  • PSYC 184: Clinical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (4 units)
  • PSYC 185: Psychology of Exceptional Children (3 units)
  • PSYC 191: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 units)

Note: The University catalog is currently being update to reflect this course outline.