HSER 357

Behavior Modification

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This independent study covers procedures used in behavior modification and the underlying concepts on which it is based. Students read and complete exercises in a text. In addition, they complete a project demonstrating the application of behavior modification procedures. Evaluation is based on answers to study questions, three tests, and evaluation of a written report of a real or simulated behavior modification project.

Learning outcomes


  • Record behavioral observations.
  • Define terms, e.g., "shaping", "extinction", "reinforcement", etc.
  • Define "target" behaviors in precise behavioral terms.
  • Describe ethical issues in applying behavior modification techniques.
  • Design a program to increase or decrease the frequency of a specific behavior.
  • Determine "baseline" rates of behavior.