The department's Master of Science degree program was the first graduate program in the nation to be accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis. The program has attracted students from Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, England, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, and Norway as well as from 17 states in the U. S. Whether alumni go on to pursue a doctoral degree or assume professional positions in the community, they are consistently viewed in their new settings as highly accomplished behavior analysts.
The department’s Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis was the first of its kind in the nation. Its curriculum includes intensive training in the principles and application of applied behavior analysis, in the context of a broad general education.
Due to the increasing demand for applied behavior analysts (or applied behavior analysis practitioners) in 1999 the department developed a sequence of internet courses. These courses allowed professionals to continue their behavior analysis education as well as meet the academic requirements for professional certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
The department was instrumental in founding the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis and remains its headquarters. Its faculty maintain excellent relations with behavior analysts at other universities and in the public and private sector.
In 2003, the Department of Behavior Analysis received a research endowment from the estate of Beatrice H. Barrett, Ph.D. In 2004, the department established the Beatrice H. Barrett Research Program in Neuro-Operant Relations.