Human Development and Family Studies Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development and Family Studies

Degree Overview

Gain skills to help individuals and families throughout different stages of life with Colorado State University’s online bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

Discover how individuals develop and change, and how family, community, and society affect human development with this Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Combining coursework and field experience in individual and family development across the lifespan, this human development and family studies major will prepare you for career opportunities in areas like early childhood services, adolescent intervention, programming for older adults, support for children and families in healthcare settings, and community outreach.

Our core curriculum covers topics like:

  • Individual and family development
  • Child, adolescent, and adult development
  • Professional skills development
  • Families and relationships
  • Research methods and program development

In addition to the core human development and family studies curriculum, you have five degree concentration choices for customizing this program to meet your needs. Concentrations are available in early childhood professions, leadership and entrepreneurial professions, pre-health professions, prevention and intervention sciences, and human development and family studies. You may choose to specialize in one or two of these concentrations, depending on your career goals.

An optional gerontology interdisciplinary minor can be added to further develop your understanding of the aging process and give you a specialized set of skills needed for a wide range of careers working with older adults and those with disabilities.

You can also choose to pursue early childhood Director Qualifications as part of this degree program. In choosing this option, you'll work with your advisor to select electives that help you meet state requirements and prepare you to seek early childhood education credentials upon completion of the coursework.

HDFS graduates are also strong candidates for application to become Certified Family Life Educators, who focus on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective. They utilize a primarily preventive approach to address societal issues within the context of family.

Regardless of which direction you choose, our human development program will equip you with skills in observation, program development and implementation, grant writing, and social policy information as these relate to diverse populations.

What Next?