Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

CBS Concentration 2022

Coursework for the CBS Concentration

The Culturo-Behavior Science concentration includes three course areas, rigorous competencies, required instructor-led hours, experiential learning requirements and hours, as well as specific course details to incorporate into a CBS concentration. These details provide foundational information for coordinators to develop a CBS concentration at their institution. A program may adopt the CBS requirements in entirety or submit alternative contents, such as readings or competencies, for consideration during the application process. The program must demonstrate the alternative contents meet the content area and item requirements. 



CBS Course Hours


   Basic Principles of   

   Behavior Analysis   

   Behavioral Systems   


Applying Cultural Analysis on

Multi Levels of Organized Complexity

Course Content Hours   45 45
Experiential Learning  

300 total hours

(10 hours per week, across two semesters)



CBS Course Details

The CBS concentration course details include:

  • The three content areas: 
    • basic principles, 
    • behavioral systems analysis, and 
    • applying cultural analysis on multiple levels of organized complexity
  • Objectives for each of the content areas
  • Content area items
    • Competencies related to each item
    • Core/foundational readings related to each item
    • Suggested/ancillary readings related to each item
  • Additional recommended textbook and articles 



CBS Concentration Certificate

CBS Coordinators should supply the CBS Certificate of Coursework Completion survey to students who have successfully completed all CBS concentration requirements. If you need assistance with accessing the survey, please email us.


Contact Us

Programs interested in establishing a CBS concentration should use the form below to contact us and obtain a copy of the CBS course details. Please include 'request for CBS course details' in the subject and include your institution or affiliation in the message.  


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