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Associate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General Studies and a specialization in Substance Abuse
Four-semester (two-year) program

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes in substance abuse prevention and treatment. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction and educational agencies that provide human services and/or substance abuse prevention or treatment activities.

Occupational Objectives: 

Human Services Workers that specialize in Substance Abuse work with youth, adults and their families. They understand issues of addiction, assessment, and treatment of substance abuse as well as community based prevention and case management services.  Graduates tend to work under the direction of workers from a variety of fields, such as psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or social work.

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the General Studies, Substance Abuse Specialization program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

Admission to Internship:

Admission to HMS 290 (Coordinated Internship) is selective and must be approved by the internship coordinator.  Eligibility is based on the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (HMS 220, HMS 251, HMS 260), faculty recommendation, expected graduation date, and any relevant internship site requirements.  Arrangements for the internship placement are made the semester prior to the one in which the student actually takes the class.  Students wishing to take the classes in the fall semester must request an application from the internship coordinator during the first week of March.  Those wishing to take it during the spring semester must request an application during the first week of October.

 The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Course Sequence: 


Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HMS 220 Addiction and Prevention 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Elective1 Humanities 3 0 3
Elective 2 Lab Science 3 3 4
Elective3 Social Science/History 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 3 17
Second Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
HMS 260 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 0 3
MTH 1574 Elementary Statistics 3 0 3
Elective2 Lab Science 3 3 4
Elective3 Social Science/History 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 3 16
Third Semester
CST 110 Intro. to Communications 3 0 3
HMS 251 Substance Abuse I 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applicatins & Concepts 3 0 3
Elective3 Social Science 3 0 3
Elective3 Social Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Fourth Semester
HLT/PED5 HLT 110 or 160 1 0 1
HMS 252 Substance Abuse II 3 0 3
HMS 290 Coordinated Internship 3 0 3
Elective1 Humanities 3 0 3
Elective3 Social Science 3 0 6
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 0 13
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 61

1Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.
2Courses may be chosen from the Science General Electives.
3Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.
4Students may substitute MTH 152. Check with your advisor.
5Students may choose a health, physical education, or recreation course that promotes physical & emotional well-being.

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