Kaplan University

BS in Psychology - Substance Abuse

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Substance Abuse emphasis program is designed to combine psychological theories with the study of substance abuse treatment and prevention. Read more about the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Substance Abuse emphasis here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology / Substance Abuse Emphasis

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is designed to teach students about theories, historical trends, concepts, and research methods related to psychology. Students have the opportunity to apply these methods and concepts to the study of human development and behavior. A 24-credit hour emphasis in substance abuse is available to students enrolled in this program. The emphasis option is designed to teach students about the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in society.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology / Substance Abuse Emphasis:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.


  • PS 115: Psychology Program and Profession (5 credits)
  • PS 124: Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 200: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 210: History of Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 220: Child and Adolescent Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 300: Research Methods I (6 credits)
  • PS 330 Personality Development (6 credits)
  • PS 410: Screening and Assessment (6 credits)
  • PS 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Psychology (6 credits)

Substance Abuse Emphasis Requirements

  • PS 370: Health Psychology (6 credits)
  • PS 375: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (6 credits)
  • PS 380: Clinical Psychology (6 credits)
  • PS 450: Case Management (6 credits)

Other Major Requirements

  • CM 206: Interpersonal Communications (5 credits)
  • MM 207: Statistics (5 credits)
  • SC 235: General Biology I - Human Perspectives (5 credits)

Core and Elective Requirements

  • CM 107: College Composition I (5 credits)
  • CM 220: College Composition II (5 credits)
  • CS 204: Professional Presence (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • MM 150: Survey of Mathematics
    • MM 212: College Algebra
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • HU 200: Critical Evaluation in the Humanities
    • HU 245: Ethics
    • HU 250: Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • SC 200: Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
    • SC 235: General Biology I - Human Perspectives
    • SC 246: Fundamentals of Microbiology
    • SC 250: Science for Everyday Life
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • SS 211: The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • SS 236: People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • SS 250: The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach
  • Open Electives (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Kaplan University's BS in Psychology - Substance Abuse degree program could choose to pursue master's degrees in related areas. Students who complete advanced study could be eligible to pursue higher-level positions or clinical licensure.*

Master's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Master of Science in Addiction Studies

Career Paths:

The Substance Abuse emphasis of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to prepare students for work with youth or adults. Graduates could be able to combine psychology theory with strategies for evaluating, treating, and preventing substance abuse problems.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Substance abuse counselor's assistant
  • Substance abuse treatment center aide
  • Civil service worker

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