Bachelor of Science Substance Use & Treatment

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Substance Use & Treatment (BSSUT) uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand the biological, psychological, and social aspects of substance use disorders and related behaviors.  Assessment and treatment methods are based on evidence-informed practices to enable students and future professionals to understand and treat individuals, families, groups, and communities. 

The BSSUT degree plan is designed to prepare you for a career in substance use treatment or to lay the foundation for you to pursue a graduate degree in a related field. We have several options for you in completing your degree, including both face to face and online options.

Requirements for a BSSUT Degree

Courses Required for Transition to the BSSUT Major
SOCW 3300SOCIAL WORK PROFESSIONALISM AND STUDENT SUCCESS (SUT 3300 or a combination of SUT 1231 and UNIV 1131)3
SOCW 3305SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I3
SOCW 3307DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
SUT 3315INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS3
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
MATH 1301CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS (Or other Math course approved for Math Core)3
MATH 1308ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS (or other statistics course approved by Director of Undergraduate Programs)3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
SOCW 2302LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR3
PSYC 1315INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
3 hours Language, Philosophy and Culture3
6 hours of Science preferably from the following list: BIOL 1333, BIOL 1334, BIOL 1441, BIOL 1442, BIOL 2457, BIOL 2458, CHEM 1345, CHEM 1346, CHEM 1451, GEOL 13306
3 hours Creative Arts3
Professional Courses
SOCW 3301THEORIES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR3
PSYC 3318ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY3
ECON 2337ECONOMICS OF SOCIAL ISSUES3
SUT 3318SCREENING, ASSESSMENT, & ENGAGEMENT3
PSYC 3303DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR3
SUT 3319TREATMENT PLANNING, COLLABORATION & REFERRAL3
SUT 3321SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT3
SUT 3322 PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY3
SOCW 4344HEALTH INSURANCE AND ACCESS TO CARE3
SOCW 3308SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS3
SOCW 4951SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTION AND SEMINAR I (SUT 4951 or SUT 4955 SUT FIELD INSTRUCTION AND SEMINAR BLOCK PART 1)9
SOCW 4952SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTION AND SEMINAR II (SUT 4952 or SUT 4956 SUT FIELD INSTRUCTION AND SEMINAR BLOCK PART 2)9
Electives sufficient to complete the 120 hours required for the degree 118
Recommendations: African American Studies Minor, Disability Studies Minor, Diversity Studies Minor or Certificate, Mexican American Studies Minor, Psychology Minor, Public Health Minor, Social Justice and Social Welfare Minor, Sociology Minor, Spanish Minor, Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
Total Hours120

Field Work Requirements

The BSSUT Program requires two consecutive semesters (split placement) or one full semester (block placement) of field experience in a single agency focused on substance use disorder treatment. Once necessary pre-requisites are complete and students have a 2.25 or better GPA, students enroll in the field courses (SUT 4951 Field Instruction and Seminar I, first semester; SUT 4952 Field Instruction and Seminar II, second semester; or SUT 4955 AND 4956 to complete Field Work in one semester [AKA Block]) and complete 240 clock hours per semester in their assigned agency. Field placements are arranged early in the preceding semester by applying through the field office. Students should consult with a BSSUT academic advisor to ensure completion of pre-requisites for field.