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Substance Use & Treatment - Bachelor's (BSSUT)

CIP CODE 44.0701.00


The Bachelor of Science in Substance Use and Treatment is a new major offering a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the biological, psychological, and social aspects of substance use disorders and related behaviors. Students learn how to engage, assess, and treat individuals, families, groups, and communities.


  • Students learn human behavior theory and evidence-practice skills in the growing field of substance use treatment and counseling.
  • Required courses satisfy the education requirements for the Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDCi).
  • Students must complete 120 credit hours to finish the program. This includes 18 hours of field internship, 42 hours of required BSSUT courses, and 18 hours of outside electives, allowing many students to complete a minor.



BSSUT Arlington Campus Option

  • Students will complete course requirements in traditional in-person classes on the UTA campus 
  • Students will complete a field internship practicum with a local agency or organization.

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BSSUT Fully Online Option

  • Students will complete program requirements with online classes.
  • Domestic students in the state of Texas and outside the state of Texas can complete the program fully online.
  • Students will complete a field internship practicum in their geographical region/location with an agency or organization.

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  • The only school in the state of Texas and geographical region offering a bachelor’s degree in substance use and treatment.
  • We offer 100% online and traditional in-person classes at the Arlington campus.
  • Along with the degree course requirements, students have a wide variety of electives to choose from, with most being offered every semester, allowing students to finish faster.
  • Many of our professors who teach in the MSW program also teach in the BSSUT program.
  • More than 50 full-time professors in SSW, with many having years of experience in substance misuse counseling and treatment, as well as research and teaching experience.
  • Students can go on to our MSW program specializing in mental health and substance misuse, earning more internship hours toward state licensing requirements.
  • SSW offers three minors to UTA undergraduate students: Substance Use Treatment, Diversity Studies and Social Welfare and Social Justice. (Please Note: BSSUT majors cannot do the Substance Use Treatment Minor.)


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Substance Use & Treatment - Bachelor's (BSSUT)

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Bachelor of Science in Substance Use & Treatment

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