Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.F.C.S.) Major in Family and Child Development

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. As a condition for participation in a child development class that requires either observation or participation at the campus Child Development Center, students must undergo a criminal background check and provide verification of an annual TB test.
  3. As a condition for placement in an internship site, students must complete a criminal background check and meet any additional requirements set by the internship site.
  4. No minor is required; however, Human Development and Family Sciences students may add a minor relevant to their career interests, such as Social Work or Psychology.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  6. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  7. If two years of the same modern language are taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of modern language taken in high school, then two semesters of the same modern language (1410 and 1420) must be taken at the college level, and the requirement will be added to the student's degree audit.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001Communication Component Code 0103
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Component Area Option Codes 0903HDFS 13553
Mathematics Component Code 02013POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
HDFS 13513 
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
HDFS 23513HDFS 23533
HDFS 23113Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
Component Area Option Codes 0903Creative Arts Component Code 050 [HUMA 1315]3
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303School Electives23
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
FCS 33033FCS 43033
HDFS 33943HDFS 33593
HDFS Career Interest6HDFS Career Interest6
Advanced Electives3Electives3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
HDFS 4356 or 43523HDFS 4351 or 43583
HDFS 43553HDFS 43013
School Electives23Electives8
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

MATH 1316 is not accepted as a prerequisite for courses in some minors.


School Electives include courses in CA, FCS, FM, HDFS, ID, and NUTR.

HDFS Career Interest Courses

HDFS 3344Introduction to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health3
HDFS 3351Creative Experiences for Children3
HDFS 3358Practicum in Child Development3
HDFS 4302APlay and Child Development3
HDFS 4304Conducting Research with Latinx Adolescent Families3
HDFS 4305Conducting Research in Early Childhood3
HDFS 4353Introduction to Child Life3
HDFS 4391Independent Study in Human Development and Family Sciences3
SOCI 3384The Sociology of Death and Dying3
or HDFS 4302B Grief and Bereavement in Children, Adolescents, and Parents
SPED 2360Survey of Exceptionalities3
SOWK 4315Child Welfare3