Curriculum: B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences – Online

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The human development and family sciences (HDFS) major provides strong foundations in oral and written communication, problem solving and research methods that directly apply to human development across the life cycle. You will learn from faculty who recognize the critical importance of culture, gender and diversity as they influence contemporary global perspectives within various professions. 

This is a 180-credit undergraduate degree program at the end of which you will earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University.

Students must complete four main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits*
  2. Human development and family sciences core: 40-46 credits
  3. General HDFS option: 22 credits
  4. Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

*COMM 218 is the only required course that is not offered online through Ecampus. Students will need to make arrangements to either take it at a local community college or online, through Chemeketa Community College.

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including at least 60 upper-division credits. To view the human development and family sciences major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official General Catalog. For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Sample course topics:

  • Human sexuality
  • Adult development and aging
  • Human nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Epidemiology and health data analysis
  • Infant and child development
  • Family violence and neglect
  • Families and poverty
  • Parenting research

Transfer credits

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

 Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine HDFS and a public health, business, sociology or anthropology minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 


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