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School of Social Work

About the BSW Program

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units
Course Requirements for the Major: 60 units

BSW Course Plans

NOTE: Please be aware that California community colleges may offer our Core Courses. Those interested in the SWRK major must make an appointment with the BSW Program Director to determine if any courses completed outside CSU, Chico meet the criteria for completions.

Required Elective

Social Work Electives: SWRK 320, SWRK 474, SWRK 478, or SWRK 481
One elective required of all social work majors, in consultation w/ their major advisor

Volunteer Hours

Please note completion of SWRK 170 requires documentation of a minimum 10 hours of service learning or volunteer experience. Please contact the course instructor for specifics.

Professional Sequence: 36 units

Credit for life experience or prior work experience in lieu of course work or the social work practicums is not permitted. Please refer to the BSW Student Handbook for more information regarding the school’s transfer of credit and proficiency exam policies. All social work courses required in the Professional Sequence are restricted to social work major.

In the event you drop, do not receive at least a grade of C, or take an incomplete in a required course, including the Social Work Core, you may be ineligible to progress in the major.

Please note Math 105 or its equivalent must be completed with at least a grade of C or higher. Further, Human Anatomy  or Human Biology or Human Physiology must be completed with a grade of B or better to count for the CSU, Chico MSW program.

All courses must be taken in the sequence outlined.

Semester I (Spring): 13 units

Semester II (Fall): 12 units

Semester III (Spring): 12 units

BSW Course Plans (SWRK Core Courses & Professional Sequence Courses)

Professional Standards and Disqualification
The social work degree signifies readiness to begin professional work in positions requiring trust and high ethical standards. You are expected to meet the ethical and professional standards set by the profession and the practicum agencies. Should it be determined you do not meet such standards, you can be dropped from the practicum and all co-requisite social work courses and, thus, be prevented from completing the social work major.

The professional standards include the following:

  1. honoring the NASW Code of Ethics of the social work profession;
  2. being found acceptable and receiving at least a minimum satisfactory evaluation by practicum agencies;
  3. passing performance in SWRK 305, SWRK 489A, SWRK 489B;
  4. avoiding behavior that suggests potential harm to clients, colleagues, or themselves

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You are entering an exciting field of study and practice with countless career possibilities. Social Work is unique in its emphasis on social justice and work with the most vulnerable populations. The Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW), which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), prepares you for beginning professional generalist social work practice. A generalist approach requires that social workers have a foundation of knowledge and skills to access, analyze, plan, evaluate, and treat clients from diverse backgrounds in various settings and systems. This degree will enable you to work in many different settings such as health care, rehabilitation, criminal justice, schools, government agencies, mental health, child and adult protective services, counseling, and many others. We are proud to have a faculty with extensive experience in many different practice areas. CSU, Chico School of Social Work faculty members are eager to talk with students about their own social work experiences and to offer mentoring and support.

The BSW Director serves as the advisor for all Social Work undergraduates until their acceptance into the "Professional Sequence" in November  of the junior year. Once accepted, the junior-level BSW students are assigned to individual faculty advisors who provide students with individual advising and direction throughout the three Professional Sequence semesters of their BSW experience. The faculty and staff look forward to working with you to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience.

BSW Program Contact Information

Vincent Ornelas, MSW, PhD

BSW Director

Celeste A. Jones, MSW, PhD

Distributed Learning Coordinator

Jaime Nelson

Administrative Support Assistant II

Melissa Cheatham

Distributed Learning Advisor