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
$309 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.
Choice This program is available either 100% online or as a blend of online coursework and in-person classes in Portland, Oregon. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences – Online


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

Learn how a degree in HDFS differs from sociology and psychology degrees.

Few careers offer as many opportunities to directly and profoundly impact lives. With an HDFS degree, you’ll be ready for professional work or graduate study in fields such as education, nursing, social work or other helping professions. The degree is a perfect complement to a minor or a second major in business, education, psychology, sociology, public health and a wide variety of allied health professions.

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.

Know your value

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a bachelor's degree earn on average 64 percent more per week than those with a high school diploma. The difference in total earnings over the course of a person's career could be as much as $1 million.

Sample job titles of HDFS graduates

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

Ecampus Career Services and the OSU Career Development Center provide valuable resources that will help you find lifelong career success and meaningful employment in a diverse world.


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