Alcohol and Drug Studies AS Degree

The College offers a non-transferable degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Students earning an associate’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies may pursue entry level positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree in psychology or social work. Transfer requirements at four year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with an academic advisor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.

All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, students will be required to have 75% attendance in these courses. 

Required CoursesUnits
HSAD 001Introduction to Alcohol & Drug Studies (Prerequisite for other HSAD courses, offered Fall & Spring)3
HSAD 002Intro to Human Services Counseling3
HSAD 004Personal & Professional Growth2
HSAD 024Law/Ethics: Community Resources3
HSAD 036Counseling Diverse Populations (See item #3 under Requirements for Internship)3
HSAD 020Biomedical Pharmacology3
HSAD 022Case Management3
HSAD 030Individual, Group & Family Counseling3
HSAD 034Dual Diagnosis3
Internship/Practicum (Fall & Spring)
HSAD 032AAlcohol & Drug: Supervised Practicum I2
HSAD 032BAlcohol & Drug: Supervised Practicum II2
HSAD 033AAlcohol & Drug Supervised Internship I1
HSAD 033BAlcohol & Drug Supervised Internship II1
HSAD 095BAlcohol and Drug Work Experience (Maximum of 4 units may be used for work experience.)2, 2
Select 6 units from the following:6
Developmental Psychology
Positive Psychology
Psychological Aspects/Marriage & Family
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Required Subtotal36
Elective Subtotal6
COD General Education Pattern 118
Kinesiology Activities2

Please contact program advisors L. Emerson or C. Jones with questions and concerns. For more information please call (760) 773-2574. Returning HSAD students who have been out of the HSAD program for over 4 years must schedule an appointment with the COD program co-advisors to discuss coursework recency requirements.