University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    Apr 14, 2024  

Human Development and Family Studies, B.S.

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The program prepares students for a variety of careers such as administrators of child development or family services programs, child development specialists, school age program coordinators, youth program specialists, community education instructors, parent educators, family financial planners, consumer advocates and family public policy advocates. This major is not a teacher-preparation program. Through HDFS approved coursework or a national exam, students may earn certification in the practice of family science or the Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) credential. 

The study of theory and research findings is coordinated with a variety of supervised field experiences. Students investigate the ways individuals interact within the family system and with the larger socio-economic environment. In addition to Department Foundation and Core courses, students will select 18 credits from an approved list of Required Program Electives. Students are required to complete a 120-credit, integrated course of study which includes Silver Core coursework, HDFS coursework, and general electives that culminates in an internship experience during the senior year.

Contact Information

Human Development and Family Studies Advising and Internships Office
3014 William Raggio Building 
(775) 682-6838.

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement  30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement  15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement  40 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution  60 Units 


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (3 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

Included in major requirements.

IV. Major Requirements (51 units)

 NOTE: HDFS required courses completed more than 10 years before applying to the HDFS program will be evaluated to determine whether they need to be repeated due to outdated content.

B. HDFS Required Program Electives (18 units)

In consultation with an academic advisor, select 18 units from the following list of approved program electives:

Select an adequate number of upper-division units to also meet University graduation requirements. 

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (39-42 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • Minor or General Electives (12 units)*
  • HDFS RPE course (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

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