Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Addiction Counseling Concentration

Addiction Counseling is one of the fastest areas of growth in the field of Human Services and one of the few areas in which an individual with a bachelor of arts degree can obtain professional licensure.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Addiction Counseling Concentration satisfies the requirements to sit for a CADAC license examination upon graduation. Students will be prepared for graduate study in the area of counseling/clinical psychology. Students will be prepared for employment as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Student learning outcomes are based on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate psychology programs.
  • Students demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, including effective research methods and interpretation of research data.
  • Students will demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including communications with different types of audiences and for differing purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of interpersonal skills and approaches that will enable them to be successful in an interconnected, global society.
  • Students will demonstrate professional skills and behavior that will ready them for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate, or professional school. These include appropriate work habits, career preparation skills, project management skills, self-efficacy and self-regulation, enhanced teamwork capacity, and effective self-reflection.

Addiction Counseling Concentration Curriculum

Course:Course Name:Credits:Course:Course Name:Credits:
Freshman Year
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology 3PSYC2105Social Psychology 3
Math Elective
(Note: Statistics is a prerequisite to PSYC4005, which is required; students should plan accordingly)
3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
PSYC2001Psychology of Adjustment3PSYC1002Developmental Child Psychology3
PSYC1107 Human Growth and Development
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3PSYC2014Writing for Psychology3
PSYC2002Psychology of Personality3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Science with Lab Elective
(BIOL2503 is recommended)
4General Education Elective
(Note: ENGL2003 Public Speaking is highly recommended)
Open Elective 3PSYC2303Psychopharmacology for Counselors3
EXSC3205Drugs and Society3Science with Lab Elective (BIO2504 is recommended)4
Semester Total:16Semester Total:16
Junior Year
PSYC2603 Brian and Behavior3SOCI2400Social Problems3
PSYC3305Group Counseling3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3PSYC3300Addiction Counseling3
PSYC2107Experimental Psychology3Open Elective3
PSYC3301The 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor 3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Senior Year
PSYC4005 Research Methods with Lab4PSYC4600Senior Seminar3
Psychology Elective3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
PSYC4903Practicum in Addictions Counseling6Open Elective3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:12
Total Credits:120

For more information about the Becker College Addiction Counseling Concentration, call 877.523.2537 or email