Bachelor Of Science Degree in 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 in 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 specifically designed to provide the education, technology and clinical training needed to prepare students entering 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 preventionists to work in treating and in preventing substance abuse.  The problems associated with drugs of abuse are expected to be with us for long into the foreseeable future.

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Addiction Studies graduate will be prepared to work in such settings as hospitals, outpatient clinics, employee assistance programs, schools, the criminal justice system, governmental agencies and drug courts.

Minor in Addiction Studies – Treatment Track

Lisa Ray is the Project Coordinator for the Addiction Studies program.

Email: or Telephone: 501-450-5736

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science Degree in Addiction Studies

General Education Requirements: (47 hours)

Core Courses: (9 hours)

  • HED    2320 Mental Health
  • HED    3315 Theory and Practice of Prevention
  • HED    4312 Drug Education

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

  • PSYC    2330 Psychological Statistics  OR SOC 2321 Sociological Statistics
  • PSYC    3332 Experimental Psychology OR SOC 3320 Sociological Research Methods
  • PSYC    4320 Abnormal Psychology
  • BIOL     2405 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL     Elective (to fulfill BS degree requirement)

Primary Core Courses: Primary Core Courses

Treatment Track (29 hours)

  • HED    2201  First Aid
  • HSC    2310  Addiction Counseling:  Theory and Practice
  • HSC    2320  Addictions:  Assessment, Intervention and Treatment Planning
  • HSC    2330  Etiology and Epidemiology of Addiction
  • HSC    3310  Group Counseling Skills
  • HSC    3320  Legal and Ethical Issues in Addictions
  • HSC    3330  Family Systems and Addiction
  • HSC    4610  Practicum in Substance Abuse

Choose ONE of the following courses for the treatment track:

  • PSYC    2370 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC    4300 Theories of Personality

Prevention Track (25 hours)

  • HED    3300  Methods and Materials of Health Education
  • HED    3301  Theoretical Bases of Health Education
  • HED    3120  Prevention Practicum
  • HED    4300  Community Health Problems
  • HED    4331  Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HED    3320 Epidemiological Research
  • HED    4370 Administration of Health Programs
  • HED    4600  Internship in Prevention

Remaining credits (26 for Prevention Track and 22 for Treatment Track) may be selected for a declared minor or from recommended courses selected with the departmental advisor.