Transfer Programs


Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies with 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, completion of 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.

Internship Requirements: 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.

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

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HMS 220 Addiction and Prevention 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
BIO 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 3 14

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3 0 3
HMS 260 Substance Abuse Counseling 3
BIO 102 General Biology II 3 3 4
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 3 16
Second Year

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
HMS 251 Substance Abuse I 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3

Health or PED Elective:  HLT 116, PED 107, PED 109, PED 111, PED 147.

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 0 16

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HMS 252 Substance Abuse II 3
HMS 290 Coordinated Internship in Human Services 3 0 3
HUM 1002

Or Humanities Elective:  HUM 100, PHI 101, ART 101, REL 200, PHI 220

Survey of the Humanities 3 0 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
PHI 2202

Or Humanities Electives:  HUM 100, PHI 101, ART 101, REL 230, PHI 220.

Ethics 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 0 15


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