Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis Program (S302)

Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis
School of Health and Wellness
Waterfront Campus
4 years (8 semesters) + 14-Week Field Experience Term (unpaid)
Honours Bachelor's Degree
Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis is a four-year George Brown College degree program that combines philosophy, methodology, and theory with a strong applied learning component to create a comprehensive understanding of behavioural psychology and more specifically, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

Full Program Descriptions


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The Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis is a four-year degree program that takes an in-depth look at Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – a field of study that uses a systematic and analytical approach to modify behaviour in a desirable way.

ABA is an effective practice that is often used with populations who have:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Brain injury
  • Dementia
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Addiction
  • Mental health disorders

What you will be studying

Research has shown that although ABA follows a complex and detailed process, behaviour can be effectively modified by a scientific approach that involves three main components:

Component One: behavioural assessment
Component Two: skill building and/or behaviour reduction
Component Three: ongoing monitoring of skills/behaviours

Component One: The first component of any ABA plan requires that a complete behavioural assessment be conducted. As data collection is a critical part of this process, students learn how to study and observe behaviour in a variety of environments so that it can be tracked and used as raw data.

Component Two: The next step is to analyze the data so that it can be used to develop an effective plan that will help reduce specific behaviour or facilitate developing a new skill. Students will learn to study their data to spot behavioural patterns and identify the events that cause and maintain them. Their assessment becomes the basis for the behaviour change plan that they go on to develop.

Component Three: The final phase is an ongoing evaluation of steps one and two. Students learn to measure the effectiveness of their plans, and continue to refine and revise it based on new data inputs.


A foundational aspect of this degree lies with the research component of the program. Students will begin preparing for this capstone project in Years 1 and 2 through research preparatory courses. They will present their research thesis in year 3, and once approved will go on to conduct and defend their research paper in year 4. Students will receive faculty support throughout the entire process.

Course Sequence behaviour analyst certification board bacb approvedThe Behaviour Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.


In addition to preparing students to be practicing behaviourists, the degree program helps prepare them to become leaders in this emerging field. Not only will students be supported in becoming client centered clinicians, they will also have the opportunity to learn the skills to advance behaviour analysis from a system wide perspective, to support large scale changes in agencies, organizations and government.

This intensive program delivered onsite at George Brown’s state-of-the-art Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences located at the Waterfront Campus is suitable for students who are data driven, enjoy analyzing patterns and like to work with challenging behaviours.

The program’s core courses are focused on five areas of learning:

  • Behavioural Science Theories, Principles, and Methods
  • Special Populations
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership


While classroom theory is a very important part of your learning experience, we believe that field experience plays a critical role in solidifying that experience in a real-world environment.

You can expect to participate in field placement one day (eight hours) per week in Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6. Between semesters 6 and 7 (between years two and three), you will complete one 14-week field experience term (unpaid) during which you will be expected to conduct a research thesis.

Prior to starting the field experience term, a field coordinator will help students:

  • explore their interests
  • prepare for interviews
  • facilitate interview meetings by providing feedback

Once students are in their placement settings, they will obtain support from the agency on-site supervisor as well as support from a college faculty field liaison.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College degree program is designed to deliver degree-level, discipline-specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

Degree learning outcomes must include exposure to a breadth of learning beyond the core disciplinary or vocational field of a program, to increase students’ awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes.

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Semester 1

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 1001 Behaviour Theory: A Historical and Philosophical Look at Behaviour 
BEHA 1002 Introduction to Psychology
BEHA 1003 Communication and Critical Thinking
  Liberal Studies Elective
  Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 2

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 1101 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
BEHA 1102 Developmental Disabilities in Ontario: Policy and Process
BEHA 1103 Developmental Psychology
  Liberal Studies Elective
  Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 3

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 2001 Behavioural Assessment
BEHA 2002 Introduction to Skill Acquisition: Assessment and
Intervention Strategies
BEHA 2003 Abnormal Psychology
BEHA 2004 Statistics
BEHA 2005 Professional Communications

Semester 4

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 2101 Skill Acquisition: Advanced Theory and Application
BEHA 2102 Treating Challenging Behaviours
BEHA 2103 Behavioural Approaches to Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Other Behavioural issues
BEHA 2104 Research Methods
BEHA 2105 Ethics: Moral Philosophy

Semester 5

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 3001 Group Behaviour Therapy
BEHA 3002 Behavioural Approaches to Acquired Brain Injury and Gerontology
BEHA 3003 Applied Thesis Proposal
BEHA 3004 Psychometrics
BEHA 3005 Ethics and Professional Behaviour

Semester 6

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 3101 Clinical Behaviour Analysis
BEHA 3102 Mediator Training: Application to Parents and Staff
BEHA 3103 Behavioural Approaches to Education
BEHA 3104 Independent Study: Thesis Preparation
  Liberal Studies Elective

14-Week Field Experience Term (unpaid)

Semester 7

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 4001 Organizational Behaviour Management
BEHA 4002 Behavioural Approaches to Health and Well-being
BEHA 4003 Service Delivery and Interprofessional Practice
  Liberal Studies Elective
  Liberal Studies Elective

 Semester 8

semester courses
Course Code Courses
BEHA 4101 Consolidation of Behavioural Principles and Practice
BEHA 4102 Advanced Topics in Behavioural Science
BEHA 4103 Leadership in Behaviour Analysis
BEHA 4104 Professional Standards and Practices in Dissemination
  Liberal Studies Elective

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Future Study Options 

(Not currently available)

Starting Spring/Summer (May to August) 2018, graduates of a three-year Behavioural Science Technology advanced diploma program will have a degree completion pathway, or ‘bridge’, that will allow entry into the fourth year of the degree program. Upon successful completion of the bridge, students will be eligible to enter the fourth year (Semester 7) of the degree program. 

Starting September, 2018, students who have successfully completed the second year of the George Brown College Behavioural Science Technology Advanced Diploma (C116) program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be eligible to transfer into the third year (semester 5) of the degree program. 

External applicants from other institutions will be assessed for advanced standing on a case by case basis.

Career Options 

ABA practitioners may find themselves in roles that include the following responsibilities:

  • assessment of a client’s skills
  • the development and implementation of skill acquisition programs
  • functional assessment of challenging behaviours
  • behaviour management plans
  • data collection and analysis
  • case management

Their knowledge and skills are applicable to numerous opportunities, which may include such job titles as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Consultant
  • Behaviour Technician
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Behavioural Consultant
  • Behavioural Specialist
  • Instructor Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Vocational Support Worker

Tuition and Fees


$7,058.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a 7–year term starting July 21, 2015. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, George Brown will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. George Brown will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M)courses, with a combined average of 65% or higher
  • Six (6) Grade 12 U or M courses or equivalent with a combined average of 65% or higher
  • English, Grade 12 (U) with a Grade of 65% or higher
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 Math (U) with a Grade of 60% or higher
  • Biology, Grade 11 U or Grade 12 (U); OR Chemistry, Grade 11 U or Grade 12 (U); OR Physics, Grade 11 U or Grade 12 (U); OR Environmental Science, Grade 11 M (SVN3M) with a Grade of 60% or higher


Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD): 

  • Grade 12 (U) English with a Grade of 65% or higher
  • Grade 11 (U or M) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics with a Grade of 60% or higher
  • Grade 11 (U) OR Grade 12 (U) Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or Environmental Science, Grade 11 M (SVN3M) with a Grade of 60% or higher
  • Post-secondary courses in English, Mathematics and Science with a Grade level of B or higher will be considered

Note: There is no admissions assessment (testing) for this program.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

English language proficiency required:

  • George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 580 (Paper), 237 (Computer), 92 overall and 22 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60)

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program. Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.​

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