Substance Use Disorder Studies Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Substance Use Disorder Studies Focus

About The Program

Prepare for baccalaureate coursework in psychology, human development, or other related discipline. This option is designed for students who intend to complete the Associate in Applied Science degree in Substance Use Disorder Studies at LCC and plan to continue their education for a baccalaureate degree in a related field.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Solve problems using quantitative/symbolic reasoning skills.
  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the many influences on human behavior and expression of the human experience.
  • Demonstrate foundational skills required for entry-level counseling experience in chemical dependency.
  • Develop a basic understanding of scientific reasoning as is applies to the study of human behavior
  • Articulate the major concepts involved in chemical dependency and its treatment.
Revised June 2024 (effective Summer 2024)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. 

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