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    Behavioural Sciences

Program Code:BHS
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Behavioural Sciences diploma program gives you the opportunity to study the theory and clinical applications of the branch of applied psychology known as behavioural science. As a student in the Behavioural Sciences program, you will learn about Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which is the science of understanding, analyzing and modifying human behaviour.

In the classroom and through your field placements, you will learn about the many clinical applications of ABA. One focus area for the program is the application of behavioural science to the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. You will also learn about interventions in other clinical areas, such as gerontology, mental health, forensics and corrections. As a student in this program you will gain insight into the context of behavioural intervention as you learn about issues like family support, community integration and risk management.

This program will prepare you to seek employment as an instructor therapist in government-funded or private Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) programs. You will also be qualified to work as a behaviour technician in the new government-funded ABA-based support programs. As a graduate of this program, you would be able to seek employment in the school system as an educational assistant or educational resource facilitator, providing support to students with ASD, behavioural challenges or other exceptionalities. Completing this program will also qualify you to seek employment in settings where an understanding of behavioural intervention is necessary, such as group homes, community living centres and other specialized agencies.

Field Work

Field work is a critical part of the Behavioural Sciences program. Your field work placements will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and to apply what you have learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. In your field placement, you will work in a professional capacity, with specified job tasks, clinical responsibilities, time management requirements, contracted hours of work, expectations of teamwork and appropriate interpersonal interactions. You will assume the role of a beginning professional in a supervised field-placement setting, working within an employeremployee relationship.

You will be evaluated on the basis of an approved learning contract as agreed upon by you, the approved fieldwork agency and Seneca College's Behavioural Sciences program. This work calls for you to have the ability to be self-aware, reliable, sensitive, facilitative and mature enough to focus on the needs and interests of others.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Prior To Field Placement:

  • Current Police Vulnerable Sector screening


  • Although not required for admission, one of the following Grade 12 math courses is recommended for your success in the program:
    • MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions)
    • MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
    • MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over).


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Your Career

As a student in this program, you will graduate with a deep understanding of the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and the broad range of their possible applications. You may choose to pursue a rewarding career as a behavioural interventionist in the field of autism, a field which offers many employment opportunities. You could also seek employment in the school system as an educational assistant or educational resource facilitator or in a specialized position within the school system's everincreasing ABA-based services. Your career path may also lead you to employment in correctional facilities, group homes or other specialized centres that need staff who can implement behavioural intervention plans for individuals with behavioural challenges or other exceptionalities.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Forensic Psychology – Bridge

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BHS101 Introduction To ABA I: History and Principles 3
BHS102 Behavioural Theory I: Observation and Assessment 3
BHS103 Professional Pathways 3
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications 3
PSY100 Introduction To Psychology 3
EAC150 College English 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BHS201 Introduction to ABA II: Techniques & Applications 3
BHS202 Behavioural Theory II: Assessment and Data Analysis 3
BHS203 Ethics and Professionalism 3
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities 3
SWL206 Human Development for Social Service Professionals 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BHS301 Legislation, Policy and Practice 3
BHS302 Interventions I: Strengths and Skills 3
BHS303 Forensics, Crime, and Corrections 3
BHS347 Field Work Seminar I 2
BHS357 Field Placement I 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BHS401 Inclusive and Long-Term Community Practices 3
BHS402 Interventions II: Behaviour Reduction 3
BHS403 Acquired Brain Injury and Adult Services 3
BHS447 Field Work Seminar II 2
BHS457 Field Placement II 4
PSY206 Personality and Abnormal Behaviour 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Introduction to ABA: History and Principles
Behavioural Theory I: Observation and Assessment
Professional Pathways
College English
Introduction to Psychology
Interpersonal Communications
Semester 2
Introduction to ABA II: Techniques and Applications
Behavioural Theory II: Assessment and Data Analysis
Ethics and Professionalism
Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Human Development for Social Service Professionals
General Education Option
Semester 3
Legislation, Policy and Practice
Interventions I: Strengths and Skills
Forensics, Crime and Corrections
Field Work Seminar I
Field Placement I
General Education Option
Semester 4
Inclusive and Long-Term Community Practices
Interventions II: Behaviour Reduction
Acquired Brain Injury and Adult Services
Field Work Seminar II
Field Placement II
Personality and Abnormal Behaviour

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Elizabeth Hosein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Elizabeth Hosein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55035
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Laura Cavanagh
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55623
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
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