Type: 4-Year Degree
Start Date: September
Location: Lakeshore Campus
Behavioural science is the study of human behaviour through analysis, investigation and observation. In this program, students will focus on individuals and their behaviour. Emphasis is placed on identifying the multiple factors that contribute to behaviours in order to assist individuals to make behavioural changes that will enhance their quality of life.
While there are similarities between this field and the social sciences, the social sciences tend to focus more on structural systems and cultures, while behavioural science considers individuals and the impact that health, physical environments, social environments and personal skills have on each person's behaviours.
Overall, the program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills, interprofessional practice and leadership. General education is included in the degree to enrich learning.
Courses in the first two years of this program provide a strong foundation in behaviour analytic approaches, psychology, research and ethics while highlighting specific special populations. This is followed in the final two years with further in-depth study of ethics and professionalism, individual and group counselling, issues in behavioural psychology, further special populations, and two courses of senior thesis work.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue certification as Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA).
The work placement is 14 consecutive weeks. Students will be supported by a placement advisor from the School of Social and Community Services. In semester 7, students take a non-credit Professional Practice course to prepare for placement.
Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to pursue further graduate study in behavioural science or related fields. Excellent employment opportunities are routinely found in health organizations, non-profits, government, charities and education sectors.
Graduates will be prepared for careers as behaviour therapists, educational assistants, autism instructor therapists and/or use their skills to enhance their employment as workers in a variety of social service settings with vulnerable populations such as mental health, addictions, seniors and youth.
With additional education and experience, graduates may be considered for roles as counsellors and therapists, behaviour analysts, gerontologists or co-ordinators of programs in the social service sector.