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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Behavioral Science

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Preparation and Advising

To graduate with the major in 4 years, prospective majors should enroll in Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (ABSC 100 or ABSC 101) and Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy (ABSC 304) during the first 2 years. The content of these 2 courses will give students a basic understanding of the field of Applied Behavioral Science and help students decide whether they would like to apply to be admitted to the major. The requirements and procedures for applying to be admitted to the major are listed below. Major application forms are available in the Department’s main office or in the College Student Academic Services office. By the end of the second year, they should have consulted with a faculty adviser about degree requirements, specialty areas, and career opportunities. By the end of the third year, they should have taken the prerequisite courses for the fourth-year practicum. This information may also be found in the department’s Undergraduate Handbook. By the beginning of the junior year, majors should complete the College’s Major Declaration form. They should list either ABSCA-BA or ABSCA-BGS as the major code for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of General Studies degree, respectively.

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Required Courses

Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science
Satisfied by ABSC 100 or ABSC 101

Principles & Procedures of Behavioral Modification and Theory
Satisfied by ABSC 304

Admission GPA

A minimum 2.3 GPA is required in the admission courses designated above. All core courses completed at the time of application will be calculated into the admission GPA. University Course Repeat Policy will apply.

Application Term

Semester in which major admission criteria will be completed, normally no later than 60 hours, or for transfer students, during the initial term at KU. Application to this major after completion of 60 hours, or the initial KU term for transfer students, will likely delay graduation.

If a student does not meet the admission criteria or neglects to apply for admission in the term above, the student must petition the department for permission for late application.

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