Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 44.0000
College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Major DescriptionBehavioral health problems, such as mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientifically-based approaches are available to treat and prevent many behavioral health problems. Students will be exposed to treatment approaches as well as to issues in the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. The emphasis of the curricula is on practices that have been scientifically validated and the delivery of services within the context of current funding, policies and trends. Students must also demonstrate behaviors that are congruent with the professional standards and values of the profession. Students desiring a career in this field should be aware that fingerprinting, a background check, and drug screen may be required to work in this field. Failure to pass one of these checks would be cause to terminate a student from the major. Students may be responsible for any associated costs.
Concentration DescriptionService delivery to individuals with developmental disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, and other behaviors that may limit functioning is addressed with very specific behavioral techniques. This concentration is appropriate for individuals desiring certification in the field or as a complement to other service delivery strategies.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- PSY X012 Introduction to Psychological Science
- STA XXXX Any level Statistics course or PSY X204 Psychological Statistics
- SYG X000 Introduction to Sociology or SYG X010 Contemporary Social Problems
Total Major Hours: 37 Hours
The B.S. in Behavioral Healthcare prepares students for entry-level positions in agencies that provide a variety of treatment services for individuals with diagnosed mental health, substance use and/or behavioral issues. Other students may be preparing for graduate programs in human services and/or research. The program provides students with six options for specialization in (1) Adult Community Services, (2) Children’s Mental Health, (3) Applied Behavior Analysis, (4) Addictions and Behavioral Healthcare, (5) Aging and Behavioral Health, and (6) Behavioral Health Research. The curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practices utilizing a recovery-focused, holistic and strength-based approach to behavioral healthcare.
Major Core Courses - 19 Hours
- MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services*
- MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
- MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
- MHS 4452 Co-Occurring Disorders
- MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in BHC
- PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology
*MHS 3411 should be taken during the student's first semester of major coursework; a minimum grade of "B-" is required.
Concentration Core Courses - 18 Hours
- MHS 3204 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis or CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
- MHS 4202 Behavior Assessment and Intervention Planning
- MHS 4206 Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
- MHS 4412 Research Methods and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
- MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
- MHS 4943 Practicum Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis
Additional Major Requirements
Major GPA Requirement
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in major coursework while enrolled in the program. Students falling below the 2.50 GPA requirement will be allowed no more than one semester to improve their GPA to the threshold.
Major Course Grade Requirement
MHS 3411 requires a minimum grade of "B-" prior to proceeding with other courses in the Behavioral Healthcare program.
Major Grade Requirement
A grade of lower than "C-" in any Behavioral Healthcare major course will not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the major.
Behavioral Healthcare majors are limited to two (2) grades of “D+” or lower in their major coursework. Any student who receives a grade of D+ or lower in more than two (2) major courses will be required to seek major reselection. Note: Students may use grade forgiveness to improve GPA, but all “D+” or lower grades will count toward the maximum allowed total “D+” grades, regardless of whether grade forgiveness has been applied.
Major Residency Requirement
At least 18 hours of major coursework must be taken in residence at USF Tampa.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
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