Addictions & Behavioral Health Major


Addicitons and Behavioral Health (ABH) program may be pursued as either a Major (45 credits) or as a Minor (18 credits) in Healthcare Studies. Many students who complete the ABH major also elect to complete a second major in psychology, social work, criminal justice, and other related areas. This major is designed to partially fulfill requirements to sit for the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor examination. Current CASAC holders may elect to take some or all of these courses to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the credential.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare an Addictions and Behavioral Health major.

The Healthcare Studies faculty has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics or dispositions do not adequately meet academic, professional, or ethical standards.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each HCS course. (A grade of “C-” does not meet this requirement.)

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

Major Department Requirements (45 credits)

Suggested Electives

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements


  1. Suggested statistics courses: PSH 202, MTH 243, or PBH 488.
  2. HCS 409 serves as a co- or prerequisite for all other courses in this major.
  3. HCS 423 is a pre-requisite for HCS 422.
  4. HCS 497 and HCS 498 are to be taken concurrently following a passing stats grade, completion of all ABH courses with a grade of “C” or better, an overall GPA of 2.5, and program coordinator’s permission.

Electives (40 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Addictions and Behavioral Health majors must earn a grade of C or better in all HCS courses.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 for all college courses.
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

Non-Clinical Track Option


The non-clinical track provides an option for majors who: 1) have discovered they do not want to do clinical substance abuse treatment counseling; 2) have a second major, such as social work or criminal justice, and wish to focus their final semester on their other major; 3) are unable to maintain the overall GPA of 2.5 required for the clinical major; or 4) are already working in the field.

The non-clinical track requires grades of C or better in all classes, with no GPA minimum.

Program requirements include all required ABH courses except Internship (HCS 498)and Seminar (HCS 497). Students complete HCS 404, HCS 439, HCS 440, and HCS 441 (which are currently offered as electives in the clinical track), and HCS 499 Independent Study, a Capstone Course developed by advisement. We will also accept capstone courses in other majors if applicable.

Non-Clinical Track Requirements (45 credits)

Non-Clinical Track Option Requirements

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements