This is the first course of six, 45-hour classes required for certification by the BACB for a BCBA under the 4th Edition Task List requirements. This course focuses on the basic concepts in the field of applied behavior analysis, preparing students for the application of behavioral principles in various settings, including home, residential facilities and with various clinical populations from developmental disabilities to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed individuals. The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List. Students will be able to identify the underlying assumptions of behavior analysis, distinguish between behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, and applied behavior analysis, demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and interpret articles from the behavior analytic literature. Students will be able to identify the definitions of behavior/response/response class; environment; stimulus; consequence; antecedent; reinforcement; punishment; stimulus control; establishing operation; contingency functional relationships; extinction; generalization. Students will be able to discriminate between the respondent conditioning model and the operant conditioning model.