The bachelor of science in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services provides students with a solid ethical and theoretical foundation as well as substantial knowledge about the causes, effects, assessment and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse related problems in our society. The degree is designed to meet established academic and supervised experience requirements for certification as an Apprentice Substance Abuse Counselor (ASAC) in Vermont by matching course requirements to SAMHSA national competencies and IC&RC/AODA core functions.

Typically, entry level employment and advancement opportunities exist in community, residential and outpatient settings, as well as public and private schools, working under direct supervision of certified or licensed alcohol and drug abuse professionals. Certification as an Apprentice Substance Abuse Counselor also currently requires that once training and employment (paid or volunteer) requirements have been met, applicants must pass a written examination designed to measure the applicant’s knowledge of substance abuse and its treatment. Certification as an ASAC in Vermont is valid for a non-renewable period of six years.

General Education Core Credits

  • CIS101AMicrosoft Windows/Word
  • COM101 Speech Communication
  • ENG101 Introduction to College Writing and Information Literacy
  • ENG102 Reading and Writing about Literature
  • MAT101 Survey of Math or BUS102 Business Math
  • Natural Science (Biology recommended)
  • Arts and Sciences Elective
  • Philosophy/Religion Elective
  • General Elective (excluding HUS, PSY, SOC)
  • Social Science Elective
  • ACT110 College Experience

Specific Requirements Credits

  • HUS102 Introduction to Human Services
  • HUS105Professional Development & Community Service
  • HUS106Professional Development & Crisis Management
  • HUS107Career Development in the Helping Profession
  • HUS216 Evaluation Techniques
  • HUS221 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
  • HUS305 Theories of Personality
  • HUS306 Case Management & Counseling
  • HUS315Culture & Community in Human Services
  • HUS427 Community Organizations & Counseling
  • HUS406 Family Counseling & Mediation
  • HUS401 Ethics & Professional Issues in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services
  • HUS317 Foundations of Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • HUS316 Alcohol & Society
  • HUS435 Adolescence, Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • HUS420C Field Experience in Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling
  • HUS405 Group Counseling
  • PSY102 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY103 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY304 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC101Introduction to Sociology
  • General Electives(no more than 9 credits of content courses in (PSY/HUS)

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