University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    Feb 27, 2020  

Psychology (Behavioral Analysis Specialization), B.A.

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The mission of the undergraduate psychology degree specialization in behavior analysis is to produce skilled behavior analysts who meet the needs of the community and contribute to science and practice of behavior analysis. This mission is achieved by providing comprehensive training in behavior analysis, out of which more advanced basic, applied and theoretical interests may be developed. The degree specialization, in the context of the psychology major, prepares students for graduate study or for paraprofessional careers in human services.

Behavior analysis is a highly specialized field of study that is not duplicated elsewhere at the university. The behavior analysis specialization allows students to become eligible for certification as board certified assistant behavior analysts, an internationally recognized paraprofessional credential, and to be eligible for licensure in nevada as certified autism behavior interventionists. The curriculum also meets the standards for undergraduate program accreditation by the association for behavior analysis international.

Contact Information

438 Mack Social Science
(775) 784-6828

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.75
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 3.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Units of Major Requirements at UNR
Upper -Division Requirement 42 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (9 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses . (Major Requirement courses may satisfy CO10) 

C. Global Context Course - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .

D. Ethics Course - CO12

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

F. Application Course - CO14

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 credits that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

III. Major Requirements (37 units)

Courses in the major may not be taken pass-fail. Students may enter the program at any time, but must have and then maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in psychology. They must also hold a 2.75 overall GPA.

A. Introductory Requirements (3 units)

D. Content Area Requirements (9 units)

Select one course (3 units each) from three of the four content areas below:


  • PSY 499 - Advanced Special Topics (1 to 3 units) in a related area, may be applied to a corresponding content area; academic advisor approval required.
  • At least 21 credits in the major field must be upper division.

IV. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The Psychology Department accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

V. Electives (6-26 units)

VI. Recommended Schedule

This is a possible sequence of courses. Please review this with an advisor to make sure you are making the best scheduling choices for yourself.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English  (3 units)*
  • Mathematics Course (3 units) CO2*
  • Fine Arts Course (3 units) CO7
  • First Semester Foreign Language (4 units)
  • (3 units) CO6

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • (3 units)
  • PSY Content Area Course (3 units)
  • Diversity & Equity Course (3 units) CO10
  • Global Context Course (3 units) CO11
  • Minor (3 units)

Spring Semester (11-13 units)

  • PSY Content Area Course (3 units)
  • Minor (3 units)
  • General Elective (5-7 units) 

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