Family Science, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Blended
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The blended Family Sciences, BS program is designed to equip students to employ evidence-informed strategies to create meaningful change for families across society. 

Students of this program gain:

  • A comprehensive understanding of how families function
  • A deep respect for diversity in people and environments
  • Skills to work in areas that build individual, family and community strengths

The curriculum for Family Science is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). NCFR is the oldest and largest national organization concerned with family issues in the United States. 

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Science graduates are qualified for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

Note: This program requires the completion of the Family Science major plus the completion of a second major or minor, allowing students to expand their expertise and enhance their professional marketability.

Career Outlook:

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow at a rate of 8%, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment in elementary, middle, and high schools is expected to increase demand for school counselors.

Career paths include:

  • Workforce Education Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Communications Officer
  • Police/Court Clerk
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Transitional Youth Advocate

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School Diploma

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the $45 application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

UNK’s general studies curriculum requires fewer hours, eases transferring, and gives students greater flexibility in earning their degree.

Students of the Family Science, BS program must complete the following coursework: 

  • General Studies: 30-31 credit hours
  • Major: 36 credit hours
  • Minor: 18-24 credit hours
  • Unrestricted Electives: varies based on number needed to reach 120 credit hour minimum

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FAMS 362Families and Social Policy3
The Study of social policy and its impact on families.
FAMS 150Lifespan Development and the Family3
This course is designed to facilitate an initial, critical understanding of human development. Various aspects, themes, and influences of development are examined across the lifespan, with particular emphasis placed on the familial, cultural, cognitive, theoretical and physical aspects of the ever developing human.
FAMS 340Family Life Education3
The purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education methodology. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to develop, facilitate, locate, and evaluate family life education programs. It is recommended that students take FSID 302: Parent Education before taking this course.
FAMS 302Parent Education3
The purpose of this course is to give students and understanding of parenting and the parent-child relationship from a theoretically-guided and research based perspective. Students also will gain a better understanding of the basic principles relating to the process of creating parent education materials and facilitating parent education programs. This course is designed to give students a base upon which to work with parents and to further develop parent education skills by applying and practicing concepts related to parenting and parent education.
FAMS 475Internship (FAMS 475)3
Internship is defined as a set of variable experiences, inter- or intra-institutions to include clinical or work-related experiences. The purpose of this course is to provide experiences in the various areas of Family Studies and Interior Design. It provides students with opportunities for broader experience and enables them to develop competencies which meet requirements of professional accrediting agencies.
FAMS 450The Aging Adult3
This course examines the various aspects of aging including the physical, psychological, and social issues of elders. These aspects of aging are examined from individual, cohort, family and global perspectives. Students explore and examine aging issues through the use of formal research, personal interviews, site visits, and agency presentations.
FAMS 250Infant Development3
A study of growth and development, principles of guidance, and care of children from conception through two years of age including changing concepts affecting parenthood.
FAMS 253Child and Adolescent Development3
A study of the growth, maturational and developmental characteristics of children from early childhood through adolescence. Principles, examples and practical issues involved in the guidance of children through childhood through adolescence as they traverse various stages of psycho-social, cognitive and physical development.
FAMS 402Research and Analysis in Family Studies3
Analysis of major studies and current literature.
FAMS 404Family Studies Ethical and Professional Practice3
Research/grant acquisition, fundraising fundamentals and career preparation.
FAMS 481Cross-Cultural Family Patterns3
Comparative research of familial behavior and structural patterns of various cultures. Analysis and evaluation of the impact of differing cultures on societal and family interactions.
FAMS 406Family Resource Management (FAMS 406)3
Theory and experiences in management dealing with the problems of individual and family living.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FAMS 486Families in Crisis3
Prereq: FSID 351GS and junior standing OR permission This course enables Family Studies and other service and social support-oriented students to understand the trauma and recovery process associated with normative and catastrophic family crisis.
FAMS 476Child & Family Home Visitation3
This course focuses on issues relevant to professionals engaged in home visits with families parenting infants and young children. The course is designed to enhance the skill set required to effectively work with diverse children and their families. Family empowerment and advocacy skills will be enhanced.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.