Family and Child Science - Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

This major stresses the interrelationship of individuals across the life span and the impact of social and economic factors on the family system. Graduates are prepared for professional work with social and community agencies and other programs serving families. This degree program has been deemed a CFLE-approved academic program by the National Council on Family Relations’ Certified Family Life Educator program so that you can apply through the abbreviated application process to become a CFLE upon graduation. You must work closely with an advisor. You must achieve a grade of C- or higher in your required core and minor courses, and must retake required courses with a grade lower than C-. You must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher before enrolling in

Students are recommended to declare a minor related to the FCST field such as CAST, CEPY, ECED, GERO, PHLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOWK and GNDR in order to solidify the minor/elective requirements below and the suggested roadmap.

General Education Requirements

A list of specific general education requirements is available in the department. Please check with your advisor.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Personal Health & Wellness3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
FCST 1130Interpersonal Skills in Intimate Relationships3
FCST 2110Infancy and Early Childhood in the Family3
FCST 2120Middle Childhood Development in the Family3
FCST 2135Adolescent Development and the Family3
FCST 2140Adult Development and Aging3
FCST 301Family Resource Management3
FCST 380Family Dynamics3
FCST 383Parenting and Child Guidance3
FCST 424Field Experience: Issues and Ethics (taken twice)6
FCST 449VFamily Ethnicities and Subcultures3
FCSC 400Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FCSC 345Management Concepts in Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching3
or FCSC 348 Teaching in Informal Family and Consumer Sciences Settings
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 440-43
Introduction to Child Advocacy (recommended)3
Professional and Systems Responses to Child Maltreatment (recommended)3
Prevention, Trauma Informed Treatment and Advocacy (recommended)3
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in ENGL 1110G. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Choose one from the following: 4
Composition I  
Composition I Honors  
Composition I Multilingual  
FCST 1130 Interpersonal Skills in Intimate Relationships (C- or better) 3
Two courses from declared Minor or Electives (C- or better) 1 6
Elective Course 2 2
 Credits15
Spring
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences or Social Behavioral Sciences Course 3 3-4
Area V: Humanities Course 3 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Area II: Mathematics Course 3 3-4
Choose one from the following: 4 3
Infancy and Early Childhood in the Family (C- or better)  
Middle Childhood Development in the Family (C- or better)  
Adolescent Development and the Family (C- or better)  
Adult Development and Aging (C- or better)  
Family Ethnicities and Subcultures (C- or better)  
 Credits15-17
Second Year
Fall
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
General Education Elective Course 3 3-4
Area VI: Creative & Fine Arts Course 3 3
FCST 380 Family Dynamics (C- or better) 3
FCSC 348
Teaching in Informal Family and Consumer Sciences Settings 5
or Management Concepts in Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
3
 Credits15-16
Spring
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
Choose two from the following: 4 6
Infancy and Early Childhood in the Family (C- or better)  
Middle Childhood Development in the Family (C- or better)  
Adolescent Development and the Family (C- or better)  
Adult Development and Aging (C- or better)  
Family Ethnicities and Subcultures (C- or better)  
 Credits13
Third Year
Fall
FCST 383 Parenting and Child Guidance 3
FCST 301 Family Resource Management 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 6 3
Elective Course 2 3
Introduction to Child Advocacy (recommended)  
Choose one from the following: 4 3
Infancy and Early Childhood in the Family (C- or better)  
Middle Childhood Development in the Family (C- or better)  
Adolescent Development and the Family (C- or better)  
Adult Development and Aging (C- or better)  
Family Ethnicities and Subcultures (C- or better)  
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Course 2 3
Professional and Systems Responses to Child Maltreatment (recommended)  
Three courses from declared Minor or Electives (C- or better) 1 9
Choose one from the following: 4 3
Infancy and Early Childhood in the Family (C- or better)  
Middle Childhood Development in the Family (C- or better)  
Adolescent Development and the Family (C- or better)  
Family Ethnicities and Subcultures (C- or better)  
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
FCST 424 Field Experience: Issues and Ethics (C- or better) 3
PHLS 1110G Personal Health & Wellness 3
Elective Course 2 3
Prevention, Trauma Informed Treatment and Advocacy (recommended)  
FCSC 400 Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences ((2.5 GPA to enroll, and a C- or better)) 3
Elective Courses 2 6
 Credits18
Spring
FCST 424 Field Experience: Issues and Ethics ((2.5 GPA to enroll, and a C- or better)) 3
Two courses from declared Minor or Electives (C- or better) 1 6
Elective Course (minimum) 2 5
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-123