Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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4 per year

B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences – Online

Embrace your passion for helping others

Experience matters. OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences builds on a 100-year-plus legacy of ensuring health and well-being for people across the lifespan – in the United States and beyond.

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Taniah Johnson, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, said the HDFS degree she earned online has given her "the tools to help people remove roadblocks in their lives to get them where they want to go.”

Be part of a rewarding career that empowers individuals, families and communities to survive and thrive. HDFS majors explore how individuals develop and become resilient over time — particularly within the contexts of family, school, work and society. They also consider how difficult environments, such as living in poverty, can make lives and relationships more challenging.

This degree program is offered by OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) and is delivered online by OSU Ecampus. The CPHHS is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are known for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation's 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same diploma as on-campus students.

Get the support you need

Our goal is to help you succeed. That’s why, as an OSU Ecampus student, you’ll have access to vital resources like success coaching, library services, free online tutoring and career guidance – making your online learning experience collaborative and rewarding.


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