Degree Outlines & Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Degree Outlines (Course Requirements)

2023-2024 Course Catalog Semester-by-Semester Timelines

Course Descriptions

Please visit the Course Catalog for a complete list of HDFS course descriptions, required prerequisites, and course attributes. 

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.F.C.S.) Major in Human Development and Family Sciences

Required Courses (2024)

Human Development Courses

  • HDFS 1351: Lifespan Development
  • HDFS 2351: Child Development
  • HDFS 3394: Adolescent Development

Family Sciences Courses

  • HDFS 1355: Introduction to Family Relationships
  • HDFS 3359: Family Diversity
  • HDFS 4355: Family Theory
  • HDFS 4351: Cultural Diversity   OR 
       HDFS 4358: Latinx Youth and Families1

Application Courses

  • HDFS 2353: Principles of Guidance
  • HDFS 4301: Internship in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • HDFS 4352: Administration of Programs for Children  OR  
       HDFS 4356: Administration of Human Service Organizations1

Research Courses

  • HDFS 2311: Statistics and Data Analysis for HDFS  OR 
       MATH 2328: Elementary Statistics  OR 
       PSY 2301: Introduction to Statistics  OR 
       SOCI 3307: STAT BEH SCI
  • FCS 3303: Introduction to Research in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • FCS 4303: Research Procedures in Family and Consumer Sciences

1 Students who take both classes can utilize the second course as a Career Interest Course. Please contact Dr. Edna Alfaro ( to submit this substitution request. 

Career Interest Courses (12 Hours Needed)

  • HDFS 3344. Introduction to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • HDFS 3351. Creative Experiences for Children
  • HDFS 3356. Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention
  • HDFS 3358. Practicum in Child Development
  • HDFS 4302A/HDFS 4354. Play and Child Development
  • HDFS 4302B/HDFS 4357. Grief and Bereavement or SOCI 3384. The Sociology of Death and Dying
  • HDFS 4302C. Human Welfare Across the Lifespan
  • HDFS 4304. Conducting Research with Latinx Adolescent Families
  • HDFS 4305. Conducting Research in Early Childhood
  • HDFS 4353. Introduction to Child Life
  • HDFS 4391. Independent Study in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • COMM 3326. Family Communication
  • COMM 4351. Relational Communication
  • SPED 2360. Survey of Exceptionalities
  • SOWK 4315. Child Welfare

School Electives (6 Hours Needed)

  • Select from FCS, HDFS, CA, FM, ID, or NUTR courses

Syllabi for all HDFS courses are available through the University's HB2504 Site.