Undergraduate Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences

Degree Requirements

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper-division credits. Requirements include:

  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. Option: 22-44 credits
  4. Electives if needed to meet the 180 credits, 60 must be upper division

Options and Degree Checklists

HDFS students choose between the following 3 options:


General Option Curriculum Checklist (PDF)

Early Childhood

Program Description
Early Childhood Option Curriculum Checklist (PDF)

(This option was titled "Child Development" prior to spring 2019. For students who were admitted prior to spring 2019 and are working toward a degree in this option, find the curriculum checklist here.)

Human Services

Program Description
Human Services Option Curriculum Checklist (PDF)

Community College Transfer Guides

OSU-Cascades COCC Transfer Guides

College of Publich Health and Human Sciences - HDFS Transfer Guides


Early Childhood Development and Education Minor
Human Development and Family Sciences Minor

Early Childhood Development and Education Minor (30 credits)

The early childhood development and education minor curriculum is offered through the human development and family sciences program. If you enjoy working with children, families, schools and communities, and want to see children progress in development in positive environments, then our ECDE program may be for you. For non HDFS majors only.

Early Childhood Development and Education Minor Curriculum Checklist

Human Development and Family Sciences Minor (28-31 credits)

Students minoring in Human Development and Family Sciences will learn how people change across the life course within the contexts of families, schools, and communities. This minor complements other academic degrees such as elementary education, liberal studies, psychology, and social science.

Human Development and Family Sciences Minor Curriculum Checklist

Four-Year Sample Plans

A degree pathway is important to student success. To help you explore your major coursework and for you to begin the process of creating an individualized academic plan, we have created a sample four-year plan for the Human Development and Family Sciences major. These plans also include academic and co-curricular opportunities ideas for each academic year.

This is a sample plan intended for informational purposes only. Students will work with their OSU academic advisor to create degree plan that works best for each student based around unique interests, goals and transfer work.

HDFS Early Childhood Four-Year Plan (PDF)

HDFS General Option Four-Year Plan (PDF)

HDFS Human Services Option Four-Year Plan (PDF)