Human Development and Family Sciences

Be part of a rewarding career that empowers individuals, families and communities to survive and thrive.


"My internship gave me insight into how local government helps its community members. It confirmed my interest — actually my passion — for working with children and adults in need."

Melissa Danzuka
Internship: Deschutes County Behavioral Health, Warm Springs

About the Degree

Earn a bachelor of science degree in human development and family sciences. The HDFS program examines human development within the context of families, schools, work, communities and other social-cultural environments. With an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens, we study how environments can enhance — or limit — individual and family development from early childhood through the end of life. HDFS draws upon many disciplines, including psychology, biology, sociology, genetics, education, anthropology, public health, and social policy.

Graduates consistently affirm the value of real-world experiences, relationships between faculty and students, and research opportunities in HDFS.

Students choose from three options in the major of human development and family sciences: early childhood, general, and human services. The program also offers minors in HDFS and in early childhood development and education.

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, early intervention, prevention science, HDFS, psychology, counseling, social work, social service, public health, and policy.

Degree Requirements

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OSU-Cascades alumna Jessica Mose works to connect foster children with extended family members. When a child finds a family member they can gain a sense of identity and belonging. Jessica is out there, seeking the one caring adult who will support a kid through life – and she's making a lasting impact on Central Oregon children.

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Sample Courses

  Contemporary Families in the U.S.
Human Sexuality
Infant and Child Development
Families and Poverty
General Psychology
Adolescent Development
Applied Research Methods
Family Violence and Neglect
Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Statistics
Adult Development and Aging
Technical Writing

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Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, OR  97702
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Phone: 541-322-3119