Bachelor of Science – Addiction Studies

The University of Central Arkansas is the only university in the State of Arkansas to offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Addiction Studies!

If you are looking for an exciting career with growing opportunities and want to be at the forefront in helping to resolve one of our country’s greatest social problems, explore a career in addiction counseling or addiction prevention. This program is accredited by National Association of Substance Abuse CounselorsIt specifically designed to provide education, technology and clinical training needed to prepare students wanting to work in an addiction health care setting. Providers of addiction counseling and addiction prevention in the State of Arkansas and throughout the nation have expressed a need for certified addiction counselors and certified addiction professionals to work in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse. Students that complete the Bachelor of Science Degree in Addiction Studies will be prepared to work in settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, employee assistance programs, schools, the criminal justice system, governmental agencies and drug courts. They are also eligible for the Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification which is offered by the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board.

University of Central Arkansas has been ranked #10 for the Best College for Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Counseling:, this program is also ranked #18 for the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling:

For more information about the BS in Addiction Studies contact:

Stephanie Rose, DSW, LCSW, AADC, CS, DCC, Program Director and Assistant Professor
Telephone: (501) 852-0260

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science Degree in Addiction Studies

General Education Requirements: (47 hours)

Core Courses (9 hours)

  • HLTH    2320 Mental Health
  • H SC     3315 Theory and Practice of Prevention
  • H SC     4312 Drug Education

Related Requirements for the Prevention and Treatment Tracks (17 hours)

  • MATH   2311 Elementary Statistics OR PSYC 2330 Psychological Statistics OR SOC 2321 Social Statistics
  • BIOL     Elective (to fulfill BS degree requirement)
  • H SC     4321 Co-occurring Disorders in Addiction Treatment
  • H SC     4380 Research Methods for Health Science

Requirements for the Prevention Track (25 hours)

  • H SC     3120 Prevention Practicum
  • HLTH    3300 Method and Materials for Health Promotion [UD UCA Core: C]
  • HLTH    3301 The Health Promotion Profession [UD UCA Core: R]
  • HLTH    3320 Epidemiological Research [UD UCA Core: I]
  • HLTH    4300 Community Health Programs
  • HLTH    4331 Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HLTH    4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
  • HLTH    4600 Health Promotion Internship [UD UCA Core: Z]

The remaining credits (31) may be selected for a declared minor or from recommended courses selected in consultation with the departmental advisor.

Requirements for the Treatment Track (32 hours)

  • HLTH    2201 First Aid
  • H SC     3311 Addiction Counseling: Theory and Practice
  • H SC     3321 Addictions: Assessment, Intervention and Treatment Planning
  • H SC     3331 Etiology and Epidemiology of Addiction
  • H SC     4311 Group Counseling Skills
  • H SC     4322 Legal and Ethical Issues in Addiction
  • H SC     4330 Family Systems and Addiction
  • H SC     4610 Practicum in Substance Abuse [UD UCA Core: Z]
  • H SC     4301 Behavioral Addictions

Electives for Treatment track:

  • H SC     4314 Multicultural Counseling [UD UCA Core: D]

The remaining credits (27) may be selected for a declared minor or from recommended courses selected in consultation with the departmental advisor.

Addiction Studies Course Check Sheet 23-24
MINOR: Addiction Studies Check Sheet (updated 3.1.2023)