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Behavioural Science

Available at: Kingston


If you want to work in the growing and highly specialized field of applied behaviour analysis, as well as learn related therapeutic treatments, the Behavioural Science program is where you want to be. For over four decades, the Behavioural Science program has trained students to work front-line with a wide range of client populations in a variety of areas within the human services field. Students are taught how to develop and implement behavioural interventions to teach skills to clients and/or reduce challenging behaviours. 

Students interested in this program should have a strong desire to work with populations who present with complex behavioural, cognitive, emotional and/or psychological issues. They should also be comfortable to work with any population that presents with disruptive behaviours and/or intellectual challenges. Students coming to the program need to be prepared to complete practicum placements working with any of the client populations listed below under career opportunities. Our program trains students in specific treatment options that can be applied to work with any individual who presents with challenges rather than preparing students to work with only one or a specific client population.

Frequently Asked Questions-Three year Advanced Diploma & Fast Track Options

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Our students learn how to:

  • Teach children to manage their behaviour and learn adaptive skills;
  • Assist people with intellectual disabilities to access community resources, learn new skills, and live more independently;
  • Teach youth at risk to improve social skills, manage interfering behaviours, and meet treatment goals;
  • Support persons with mental health challenges to reduce their stress, build self-management skills and organize daily activities;
  • Assist clients with acquired brain injuries to learn functional skills and develop life skills;
  • Work with offenders in correctional facilities to build positive skills and behaviours;
  • Recognize what an addiction is and understand various ways to prevent addiction and manage recovery.

Students complete four field placements where they receive experience and practical training in the skills they have learned in the classroom. Our program has many field placement possibilities in a variety of interesting and dynamic settings.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in the following areas: Addictions, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Child, Adolescent and Adult Mental Health, Education, Corrections/Forensics, Brain Injury, Long Term Care/Geriatrics.

Program Name

Behavioural Science

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Students are required to finance all costs associated with out of town field placements (ie: transportation and accommodation) that are especially encouraged in semesters three and four.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1 - Program of study currently being updated.
BEHA 54 Foundational Concepts in Behaviour Analysis
COMM 61 Basic Communications Skills
PSYC 10 Introductory Psychology
PSYC 23 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders 1
BEHA 9 Working with Families
GENE 114 Professional Effectiveness

Semester 2
BEHA 31 Ethics
BEHA 55 Applied Behaviour Analysis
COMM 66 Communications 2
BEHA 15 Research Methods
PSYC 24 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders 2
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
BEHA 25 Functional Behavioural Assessment
BEHA 5 Non Violent Crisis Intervention
BEHA 72 Behavioural Measurement Techniques
BEHA 8 Interviewing and Counselling Skills Theory & Practice
WORK 17 Field Placement Seminar
INTN 11 Field Placement 1

Semester 4
PSYC 54 Adult Mental Health Disorders
BEHA 17 Reduction Strategies
BEHA 14 Acquisition Strategies
BEHA 28 Group Behavioural Therapy
General Education Elective (1)
INTN 1012 Field Placement 2

Semester 5
BEHA 1 Forensic Behavioural Intervention
BEHA 18 Statistics
BEHA 20 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
PSYC 53 Overview of Addictions
INTN 13 Field Placement 3

Semester 6
BEHA 6 Behavioural Medicine and Pharmacology
BEHA 7 Brain Injury and Rehabilitation
BEHA 21 Acceptance-Based Therapies
BEHA 16 Selected Topics in Behaviour Analysis
INTN 14 Field Placement 4

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level  
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level (Grade 12 Math at the C, U  or M level recommended) 
  • One of Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Science at the C, U or M level, excluding Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science) 

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details



Recommended Background: It is strongly recommended that students who enroll in this program have strong so­cial professional skills, excellent written skills and a keen interest in working directly with clients. Course work in Social Science(s) is an asset. Students should be able to work in high demand situations, be responsible for their own learning and be able to organize themselves effectively and meet deadlines. This program is academically demanding and theoretically based. Students should prepare to be challenged.
Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respec­tive school prior to applying.

Health Requirements


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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at SLC and made lifetime friends while there and found my chosen career; being provided with the opportunity to participate in two CSC Field Placements gave me a foot in the door. It is an excellent school and the BST program is amazing!

Lynn Gravelle

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:30am - 8:30pm.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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