Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: BH411 Length: 8 semesters
All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.
Note: The following post-admission requirements will be compulsory when applying to prospective placements during the program.
Note: A vulnerable sector check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of record checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a vulnerable sector check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.
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Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.
$300 - $500 per semester for textbooks and supplies. For more information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.
Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree program should consider applying for the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:
Humber offers a number of postgraduate certificates to help take your degree further.
Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.
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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.
If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.
Humber’s Behavioural Science degree program provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for in-depth work in the behavioural science field with individuals throughout the lifespan. The program is firmly grounded in the theory, principles and practices of behavioural science (applied behaviour analysis and cognitive behavioural approaches) and psychology. The program focuses on empirical data as it investigates behaviour and cognitive events and the influence of environmental factors on behaviour. A broad perspective within the field of psychology includes the study of motivation, emotion, perception, personality, mental illness and genetic factors on human behaviour within the social system.
Courses in the first two years of the 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. Overall, the program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills, interprofessional practice and leadership. General education is included in the degree to enrich learning. Curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue certification as Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBA). The course content will qualify for course certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the North American Association of Behavior Analysts.
Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about the program.Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Critically review and utilize research and evidence in behavioural assessment, intervention and education.
Analyze and review current theories, treatment options, and professional practices in Behavioural Science and general psychology.
Examine and explain the application of Behavioural Science with specific populations.
Design, implement and present single subject research.
Research, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative information in Behavioural Science within the wider context of clinical psychology and pharmacology.
Apply theories and best practices for individual and group counselling in a behavioural context.
Integrate and deliver behavioural services within a wide range of community settings including social, health and educational.
Design, conduct and analyze behavioural and cognitive behavioural assessments.
Propose, design, write and evaluate, utilizing behavioural measures, behavioural and cognitive behavioural interventions for a variety of client groups.
Plan, co-facilitate and evaluate cognitive behavioural groups.
Design and deliver educational material using a variety of modes, utilizing principles of adult education and knowledge translation.
Write professional-style reports, behavior assessment and intervention plans, and educational materials.
Teach mediators to implement assessment and intervention plans, and educational materials.
Explain and teach behavioural concepts using accessible language and/or terminology depending on the needs of the learner, colleague, client or other stakeholder.
Deliver professional services according to ethical guidelines within the scope of practice.
Acknowledge the limits of knowledge in the field of behavioural science through professional practices and academic writing.
Work collaboratively within an inter-professional team to deliver behavioural services to a variety of clients.
Practice leadership and adult education principles to contribute to the development of the field of behavioural science and organizational development.
Manage and direct own continuous learning, pursuing opportunities for constant renewal of skills, knowledge and attitudes.
The unpaid work placement is 14 consecutive weeks. Students will be supported by a placement advisor from the School of Social & Community Services. In semester 6, students take a non-credit Professional Practice course to prepare them for placement.
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.
For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit humber.ca/faculty.
Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to pursue further graduate study in behavioural science or related fields. There are also good employment opportunities routinely found in health organizations, non-profits, government, charities and education sectors. Graduates will be prepared to successfully gain employment as behaviour assistants, behaviour associates, 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, developmental disabilities, autism, 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.
The curriculum is approved by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the academic component of the Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) eligibility requirements.
Additional requirements may apply.
Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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