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Bachelor of Behavioural Science

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: BH411 Length: 8 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

Note: The following post-admission requirements will be compulsory when applying to prospective placements during the program.

  • Medical Certificate of Health
  • Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check. Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the field placement component, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this 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.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $7,446.54
  • international $14,800.

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.

Additional Costs

$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.

Learn more >

Alternative Course of Study

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:

Community and Justice Services >

Developmental Services Worker >

Social Service Worker >


Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Post graduate certificates and Master's degrees 

Credential Opportunity: Bachelor to Grad Cert / Masters
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Institution(s): Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University will provide Humber graduates of all four-year Bachelor degrees with  an opportunity to apply and be considered for admission to Post-graduate Certificate and Masters level studies. Graduates with Humber degrees who also meet additional admission requirements will be considered for admission to the following Masters level programs offered by Central Michigan University: Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Administration.

For more information, contact:


Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

Ontario Graduate Certificates >

Transferring from Another College or University

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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Program Contact(s)

Jo Anne Nugent
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3257



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through 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

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Our Program

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 so that students may prepare to pursue as Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBA).

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about the program.

Courses 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.


Work Placement

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.

The Humber Experience

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.

Our Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

View Faculty Credentials

Jo Anne Nugent

PhD - University of Toronto
Masters of Social Welfare Policy - McMaster University
BA - York University
Professor and Program Coordinator


Your Career

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.

Humber Also Offers

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