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BS in Psychology - Addictions

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in Addictions is designed to prepare students for careers in substance abuse or addictive behavior counseling. Continue reading for more information about this online bachelor's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrolling in the BS in Psychology - Addictions program, students might have taken some classes in introductory psychology or counseling. They might also demonstrate strong evaluation and management skills, as courses in this concentration will address the assessment of addictive behaviors and patterns and overseeing client cases. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age; less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours; or a member of the military or a veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are addictive behaviors? Which approaches are best used in the screening, assessment, and documentation of those with addictive behaviors? How might addictive behaviors be prevented? Students of the online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions program at Walden University could expect to review this type of information in this program's curriculum. Other concentration courses are likely to address cognitive theories and bases of learning, brain functions that control behavior, and case management methodologies in addictions counseling. In the core curriculum, students will focus on personality theories, basic schools of thought in psychology, psychology research methods, and the influence of culture in psychology. An extensive research paper on a chosen area of psychology must be completed in the capstone course.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions:

The 181 credits required to earn this BS degree reflects 46 general education credits, 35 core credits, 35 concentration credits, 20 psychology elective credits, and 45 general elective credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Science
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Core Courses (35 credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology Seminar
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Introduction to Basic Statistics
  • Methods in Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology Capstone

Concentration Courses: Addictions (35 credits)

  • Human Development: Adulthood
  • Learning
  • Introduction to Addiction
  • Addictions Assessment
  • Prevention and Treatment of Addictions
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Case Management and Addictions

Psychology Elective Courses (20 credits)

  • Students choose the following four courses or any four 3000- to 5000-level courses from the School of Psychology:
    • Racial and Ethnic Identities
    • Psychology of Gender
    • Influence and Persuasion
    • Global Perspectives in Psychology

Elective Courses (45 credits)

  • Students choose 45 credits in courses from general education, School of Psychology, or any other Walden University bachelor's degree program

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those graduates of the BS in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions program who wish to embark on careers in counseling, psychotherapy, or postsecondary academics will typically need to earn a master's degree. Master's degree studies could help students develop a stronger understanding of counseling strategies, addiction intervention methods, and clinical assessment approaches. Since some careers in psychology could require a doctorate, obtaining a master's may be a necessity for those who intend to pursue employment as psychotherapists or psychology professors.

Bachelor's degrees graduates could pursue a:

  • Master of Science in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Addictions

Career Paths:

The successful completion of Walden University's BS in Psychology - Addictions program could lead graduates to explore career opportunities in community health centers, mental health clinics, halfway houses, or detention centers. They might assist in the assessment and treatment of those coping with addictive behaviors by interviewing clients, creating treatment plans, and generating reports on client progress.

A few career paths open to graduates include:

  • Alcohol counselor
  • Drug abuse counselor
  • Halfway house counselor
  • Substance abuse social worker
  • Behavioral management aide

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