Program Requirements

Required Courses

The Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science requires 120 credits. In addition to the University's General Education Program, which requires 46 credits, the Family Science program requires 45 credits of its majors. Descriptions of all the Family Science courses are available on this website. The required coursework for majors follows, with course credits noted in parentheses:

FMSC 302 Research Methods in Family Science (3) 

FMSC 330 Family Theories and Patterns (3) 

FMSC 332 Children in Families (3) 

FMSC 381 Poverty, Affluence, and Families (3) 

FMSC 383 Delivery of Human Services to Families (3) 

FMSC 432 Adult Development and Aging in Families(3) 

FMSC 477 Internship and Analysis in Family Science (3)

FMSC 487 Legal Aspects of Family Problems (3)

FMSC elective (3)*

FMSC elective (3)*

EDMS 451 or STAT 100 Statistics (3) 

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3) 

SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology or 

SOCY 105 Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems (3) 

COMM 100 or 107 or 125 Speech (3)

FMSC 290 Family Economics, or ECON 200 or 201 (3) *

*FMSC electives are selected from non-required courses with the FMSC prefix. No field work or independent study (e.g. FMSC 399, 498) courses are allowed to fill this requirement. FMSC 290 cannot be used as an FMSC elective, but does fulfill the Economics requirement. FMSC 105, FMSC 298F, and FMSC 298G only count as FMSC electives if taken within the student's first 56 credits.

The Family Science program allows for an additional 29 credits of electives to meet the University requirement of 120 credits. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Department's advising system and choose electives that tailor their education to meet their career goals. The Department has recommended "clusters" of courses that will prepare students for specific career directions, such as family therapy, family mediation, family policy, and management of work and family programs. These clusters are described in the Family Science Undergraduate Handbook, which students receive when they declare a major in Family Science.