Human Development & Family Science

B.S. in Human Development & Family Science

Guiding people-focused work in the community

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Encourage healthier human behavior with the latest relationship research and applications.

The B.S. in Human Development & Family Science empowers you to launch your career in a hands-on helping profession. Whether you pursue social work, counseling or other work in human services, our multidimensional approach to understanding human behavior and relationships will give you the tools you need to thrive. Partner with experienced faculty to explore topics like child development, family relationships and mental health and discover real-world applications. 

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences (CALES) offers $1 million in scholarships to our students! Combine these options with university scholarships and support from privately funded scholarships and you're well on your way to achieving your educational goals at a price you can afford.

Students in the Norton School of Human Ecology have exclusive access to nearly $230,000 program-specific scholarships, awarded from 35 different scholarships -- in addition to another $230,000 in scholarships that are available to all or most CALES students.

A degree in Human Development & Family Science prepares you for a career that helps people, serves others, and gives back to society. It can also serve as a springboard for graduate school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for social and community service managers was $77,030 per year (2023).

Although your career possibilities are limitless, here are some example career paths our students follow:

  • Marriage and Family Counseling: diagnose and treat cognitive, behavioral, or similar disorders in the context of couples and other relationships.
  • Rehabilitation/Mental Health Counseling: study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and to their environments.
  • Occupational Therapy: evaluate and treat people who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to help them with vocational, daily living, and other skills that promote independence.
  • Human Resources: plan, coordinate, and direct the administrative functions of an organization's personnel.
  • Healthcare: help clients maintain and improve wellbeing in various specializations. 
  • Social Work: provide support, advocacy, and resources to improve the well-being and quality of life for those in need. 

The B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies gives you access to unique courses that prepare you for a career in helping others and caring for your community, such as:

Lifespan Human Development
Love, Intimacy, and Relationships
Mental Health & the Family
Human Sexuality & Relations
Issues in Aging
Basic Skills in Counseling
Infancy & Child Development