Family Science, Bachelor of Science

All students completing this major will be required to earn a “C” or better in all courses in the major including any GS courses required by the major.

General Studies
Foundational Requirements (LOPERS 1-4)12
Broad Knowledge Requirements (LOPERs 5 – 8)12
LOPER 7: Social Science
Marriage and Family Relationships
Dispositional Requirements (LOPERs 9-10) 16
LOPER 10: Respect for Human Diversity
Human Sexual Behavior
LOPER 11: Wellness (Optional)0
BS Science-related course requirements
Complete all required courses0
Program Specified Requirements3
General Psychology
Major Option
Complete all required courses36
Minor or 2nd Major
Complete all required courses 224
Unrestricted electives
Needed to reach 120 credit hour minimum27
Total Credit Hours120

Major Option

Family Studies Requirements
FAMS 150Lifespan Development and the Family3
FAMS 250Infant Development3
FAMS 253Child and Adolescent Development3
FAMS 302Parent Education3
FAMS 340Family Life Education3
FAMS 362Families and Social Policy3
FAMS 402Research and Analysis in Family Science3
FAMS 404Family Science Ethical and Professional Practice3
FAMS 406Family Resource Management3
FAMS 450The Aging Adult3
FAMS 475Internship3
FAMS 481Cross-Cultural Family Patterns3
Additional Recommended Elective:
Families in Crisis
Total Credit Hours36

The Family Studies Program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

CFLE certification: Upon graduation, students are eligible for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations and following documentation of two years of work experience can apply for full certification.


Designated courses with the appropriate content may be approved to satisfy one of the Broad Knowledge requirements plus LOPER 9 or Broad Knowledge plus LOPER 10. Courses may be approved to satisfy LOPER 9 or LOPER 10 alone. (Courses satisfying LOPER 9 or LOPER 10 alone must be 3 credit hours.) Students applying this option will need to take additional hours in other categories to meet the required GS hours.


A minor or second major is required for a complete degree program. The number of required electives needed to reach 120 total credit hours overall will depend upon the specific program chosen.