Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions
Description and Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions provides you with content knowledge of the major concepts, values, theories, psychological studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to the many aspects of addiction science, assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and case management. Courses are designed to help you understand the nature of addiction and clinical disorders to help in your professional work with clients. Courses focus on using the scientific approach to problem solving to evaluate behavior and mental processes while applying psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
If you have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you may be eligible for degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Accelerated Master's Degree Option
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.
- Knowledge Base: Discuss the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, enduring conflicts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Research Methods: Explore basic methodology in psychology including research design, data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings.
- Critical Thinking Skills: Assess problems related to behavior and mental processes using analytical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and/or the scientific approach.
- Application: Apply the appropriate psychological principles, theories, and concepts to personal, social, and organizational issues and problems.
- Values in Psychology: Examine the underlying ethical standards, values, and considerations in theory and practice in the disciplines of psychology.
- Information and Technological Skills: Use contemporary tools and technologies to screen, assess, treat, and evaluate client progress in realworld situations.
- Global Awareness: Explain how academic and applied psychology can improve interpersonal relationships across cultural boundaries in a variety of treatment settings.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of certification, state board, or national board licensing exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various certification and licensing exams, Kaplan University cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure.
The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). The NASAC can be contacted at:
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
The NAADAC (Association for Addiction Professionals) has designated Kaplan University as an Approved Education Provider for meeting nationally approved standards of education for the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field. Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions will meet the coursework requirements to take the NCAC Level I and II certification exams.
Note that additional requirements must also be completed to take the NCAC Level I and II examinations, including degree, field experience, and licensure requirements. Refer to www.naadac.org/ncc-ap for full eligibility requirements.
The NAADAC can be contacted at:
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Fundamentals of Science|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|Total Core Requirements||33|
|CJ101||Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 1||5|
|CM206||Interpersonal Communications 1||5|
|HN144||Human Behavior and the Environment 1||5|
|HN200||Survey of Social Problems 1||5|
|PS115||Psychology Program and Profession 1||5|
|PS124||Introduction to Psychology||5|
|PS200||Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 1||5|
|PS220||Child and Adolescent Psychology 1||5|
|SC121||Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1||5|
|HW410||Stress - Critical Issues in Management and Prevention||6|
|PS300||Research Methods I||6|
|PS311||Ethical Practice in a Diverse World||6|
|PS375||Psychology of Addiction||6|
|PS450||Case Management in Clinical Settings||6|
|PS452||Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Drugs||6|
|PS497||Bachelor's Capstone in Addiction||6|
|Total Major Requirements||121|
|Open Electives 2||26|
|Total Open Electives||26|
These degree requirements can be waived for students who are eligible for advanced start credit with a prior degree. See Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.