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
$288 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 courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
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4 per year

B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences – Online


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Learn how a degree in HDFS differs from Sociology and Psychology degrees.

A bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences equips graduates with the knowledge for a variety of career opportunities, especially in the helping professions, such as social services, counseling and education. This is a growing industry offering many opportunities for jobs. Based on the most current report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in this field are projected with faster than average growth over other career fields. 

This degree program can open doors to a variety of careers and is a great first step towards graduate school.

Sample job titles of HDFS graduates:

  • Youth program specialist
  • Caseworker for seniors
  • Community activity director
  • Housing service worker
  • Social worker
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Emergency relief worker
  • Adoption agency counselor
  • Childcare coordinator

 For information about job prospects for these career fields, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook. OSU Ecampus Career Services is also a great resource for career information.


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