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Explore the behavior analysis bachelor’s degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Explore the psychology of the mind and how it affects all that we do with a bachelor’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

In a program rarely offered to undergraduate students, you will learn how to help individuals who have autism, developmental disabilities, head injuries and substance-abuse disorders. Classes provide insights into the makings of behavior and the brain itself, giving you a holistic understanding of behavioral analysis. 

At UW-Eau Claire, you'll have countless opportunities to explore and build your resume. Participate in faculty-led research in well-equipped labs, studying topics like minority mental health and the verbal behavior of children with autism. Study abroad and immersion programs will give you the chance to see the world and open your mind to a variety of cultures and lifestyles, and their effects on human behavior.

After completing our program’s comprehensive and progressive curriculum, you will be well prepared to begin a career in psychology or attend graduate school.

Behavioral Analysis Student Kirsten Lloyd Presenting Research

Combining a love of research with a passion for helping others

When Kirsten Lloyd came to UW-Eau Claire she wasn’t sure of her major, but she knew that she wanted to study something that would lead to a career where she could help people. And it wasn't long before she found exactly what she was looking for in behavior analysis.

“I came to UWEC to learn to help people,” Kirsten said. “After taking an intro course to the behavior analysis program, I knew this was right for me. I was able to participate in on-campus internships and help people in the community during my time here.” 

Thanks to her experiences at UW-Eau Claire, Kirsten now is ready to begin her graduate studies in behavior analysis at Marquette University. 

“At UWEC, I was able to discover a passion for research and present my research at a conference in my field with other Blugolds who shared my passion. UW-Eau Claire helped me find a field where I can incorporate my love of research with my passion for helping people.” 

Why behavior analysis at UW-Eau Claire?

Engaged faculty who will know you by name. You won't find any TAs here. Courses are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors who know and love their fields. Utilize them to get the most out of your education, whether it's through research collaborations, career advice or a letter of recommendation.

Innovative facilities and leading-edge technology. Test your hypothesis in one of our top-notch facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories, rooms equipped for group or individual experiments and behavior observation rooms with videotape equipment.

Opportunities to take your studies to the field. At UW-Eau Claire, we believe that in order to get the most out of your education, you need to have real-life experiences outside of the classroom. Many behavior analysis majors take research trips or study abroad. Explore topics like cultural identity in Louisiana, social and environmental justice in Guatemala and women’s lives and experiences in Nicaragua.

Research collaboration and real-world experience. As a behavior analysis major at UW-Eau Claire, you will find faculty who are excited to get you involved in current research projects. You may help investigate how children with autism communicate, what motivates people or the mental and physical impacts of addiction. Some students choose to take their findings a step further by presenting their research at regional, national and international conferences.

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Non-Profit and Government Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

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Emma Felty was among the 15 UW-Eau Claire students who spent part of the Winterim session helping Guatemalan coffee farmers with their harvest. (Submitted photo)

Taking time to appreciate what the world offers

Behavior analysis major Emma Felty was excited to find a program that tied together her passions for psychology and education. And a trip of a lifetime to Guatemala only further confirmed that she had found her fit at UW-Eau Claire.

Along with 15 fellow Blugolds, Emma traveled to Guatemala during Winterim, where she stayed with a family just outside of the historic Spanish colonial city of Antigua. Emma also spent time in San Lucas Toliman, where she completed a service-learning project with the local Indigenous community of Ij'atz.

“I loved exploring cities like Antigua and Guatemala City. It was really cool to see what life outside of the United States looks like,” Emma said. “Being immersed in this culture makes you slow down and appreciate life a little more. It’s helped me to slow myself down and make time for the people I care about.”

Quick facts

Behavior analysis program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major requires a minor or certificate.
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Psychology Club
  • Psi Chi

What can I do with a behavior analysis degree from UWEC?

Earning a behavior analysis degree from UW-Eau Claire empowers you to take on many different career paths. Graduates leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a behavioral services provider and make a positive impact in the community.

Behavior analysis careers

Throughout the behavior analysis program, students have the opportunity to participate in high-level research and hands-on experiences. The experience I had through the Campus Autism Program combined with the rigorous coursework set me up for success both in graduate school and my career.

Mykayla Beighley Behavior Analysis
Natalie Lasinski

Experiential learning around every corner

Natalie Lasinski was eager to find real-world experiences that would help her grow her skills and her thinking. From studying abroad to meaningful internships, Natalie found all she was looking for at UW-Eau Claire and, more specifically, as an intern for the Campus Autism Program (CAP).

CAP brings psychology students, young children with autism or related pervasive developmental disorders and their families together and offers intensive behavioral intervention. Student therapists teach communication skills, using scientifically validated intervention techniques to educate caregivers about how to help their child make progress. 

“I work with a variety of clients in clinic and school settings, and I’ve had the opportunity to be the student director and a lead program therapist,” Natalie said. “This experience has strengthened my leadership skills and helped me narrow down the career within behavior analysis that I want, which is specific to early intervention.” 

Behavior analysis bachelor's degree program curriculum

As part of your coursework, you will complete an internship in behavior analysis. Previous students have interned both on and off campus in areas like the Campus Autism Program, Counseling Services, the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault (CASA), halfway houses and crisis-intervention services.

What classes do behavior analysis majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the behavior analysis major in the UWEC course catalog.

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