Family Sciences emphasizes the integration of individual development, family development, and family economics and management.  Students may choose a program from among courses that focus on developmental theory, lifespan human development, family system dynamics, family intervention, family economics and management, consumer economics, and management of resources.  The program prepares professionals for positions of leadership in various settings including public and private service agencies and businesses. The Bachelor of Science in Family Sciences is accredited by AAFCS along with other Bachelor's degrees in the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

What will you study?

Required family and consumer science courses include such contemporary family issue areas as; family resource management, financial management, human development throughout the lifespan, psychology, sociology, family relations, research methods, and an internship in agencies in the community.

Bachelor of Science in Family Sciences Bulletin (PDF)

B.S. Degree in Family Sciences

This degree is suitable for family and consumer oriented employment with business, community, and public, private, or non-profit agencies and organizations. Graduates with a Family Science Bachelor's degree are well prepared to help individuals and families through careers in many local, state, and national settings. Graduates of this program are eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), a professional certification of competency in ten primary areas:
  • Families in Society
  • Internal Dynamics of Families
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Resource Management
  • Parent Education & Guidance
  • Family Law & Public Policy
  • Ethics
  • Family Life Education Methodology

Graduate and Professional School

An undergraduate degree in family science also provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing careers in family law or family therapy. In addition to master's and doctoral programs in family sciences, the department has a nationally competitive master's program in Couples & Family Therapy. Outstanding Family Science students are well-positioned to apply for this program after completing an undergraduate degree.

Enrolled Students

Students enrolled in the School of Human Environmental Sciences should consult the college Advising Instructions page for detailed information regarding how to schedule an advising appointment for the College of Ag Advising Period preparing for Priority Registration. Many advisors use the college Electronic Advising Appointment Program; although, some advisors will provide other means for students to "sign-up" for advising appointments for the Priority Registration period. Contact advisors directly to schedule appointments at other times of the year.


Adapted from NCFR's Career Opportunities in Family Science

Business, Consumer & Family Resource Services

  • Employee Assistance
  • Corporate Childcare
  • Family Financial Counseling & Planning
  • Vocational Guidance
  • Consumer Protection
  • Family Resource Management
  • Food Assistance
  • Child and Family Poverty Research
  • Work Life Balance
  • Family Business Consultation
  • Academic Advising

Community-Based Social Services

  • Youth Development Programs
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Foster Care
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention & Assistance
  • Family Preservation
  • Welfare Assistance
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Job Training
  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Scouting Programs
  • After-school Programs
  • Adult Day Care
  • Gerontology Programs


  • Public Schools
  • Cooperative Extension
  • University & Colleges
  • Research
  • Family Life Education
  • Community Education
  • Parent Education
  • Family Peace & Justice Education
  • Children’s Museum Education
  • Marriage & Family Enrichment & Education
  • High School Guidance Counseling
  • Program & Curriculum Development
  • College Student Life Programs

Family Intervention

  • Individual & Family Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Crisis & Hotline Services
  • Court-Mandated Parent Education
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Abuse Protection Services
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Victim/Witness Support Services

Faith-Based Organizations

  • Clergy
  • Family Mentor
  • Parent Education
  • Youth Programs
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Marriage and Relationship Programs

Early Childhood Education

  • Childcare Centers
  • Head Start Programs
  • Preschools
  • Early Childhood Family Education

Government & Public Policy

  • Family Policy Analysis
  • Advocacy/Lobbying
  • Military Family Support Services
  • Child & Family Services
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Family Court

Healthcare & Family Wellness

  • Public Health Programs & Services
  • Child Life
  • Nutrition, Wellness and Sexuality Education
  • Prenatal and Maternity Services
  • Disability Services
  • Long-Term Care Programs
  • Hospice
  • Funeral Services

International Education & Development

  • International Family Policy Analysis
  • Peace Corps and NGO Leadership
  • Global Family Planning Programs
  • Community & Sustainable Development
  • International Human Rights Advocacy
  • Immigration & Migrant Families Services


  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Academic and Government-Related Research
  • Population Studies & Demographic
  • Research Research for Community Non-Profit Agencies
  • Program Evaluation & Assessment

Writing & Communication

  • Curriculum & Resource Development
  • Public Service Radio and TV Programming
  • Newspaper & Magazine Journalism
  • Blogging & Social Media