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.
Delivery
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

Curriculum

The human development and family sciences (HDFS) major provides current knowledge, practical skills and opportunities for hands-on learning to help students excel in fields dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families. You will learn from faculty who recognize the critical importance of engaging in ethical practices that promote human dignity, social justice, and empowerment.

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

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 academic catalog. For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Sample course topics:

  • Adult development and aging
  • Children and youth with disabilities
  • Families and poverty
  • Family, school, and community collaborations
  • Family studies
  • Family violence and neglect
  • Human sexuality
  • Infant and child development
  • Parenting research and application

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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