Students completing the Substance Abuse Counselor Concentration will complete all coursework necessary to be certified as a level 1 Alcohol and Drug Addiction counselor. Upon graduation, students will be ready to take the licensure exam for their and will only need to complete additional practicum hours.

A degree in Substance Abuse Counseling can launch students into entry level career paths such as:

  • Create and implement treatment plans for individuals with addiction
  • Provide group therapy in a rehabilitation center
  • Educate families about how to support someone with substance use problems
  • Advocate for laws and policies that impact people with addiction, such as the use of drug courts that promote treatment over imprisonment
  • Lead research on the causes and treatment of substance use
  • Develop prevention programs that target youth in the community

Salary for graduates with a degree in substance abuse counseling ranges from: $45,000 – $58,000.

Substance Abuse Counseling Psychology Major Concentration Requirements:


  • HLTH 200 Substance Abuse
  • PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 327 Group Counseling
  • PSYC 365 Psychology of Addiction
  • PSYC 367 Cognitive Psychology
  • SOC 243 Social Problems
  • SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity

Group A – Choose one of the following:

  • PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology

Recommended Courses

  • BIO 241 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 242 Anatomy and Physiology II
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Nathan Hough

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