Child and Family Science - Family Science Option, B.S.


Department of Child and Family Science

Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science

Family Science Option

1. Major requirements (59-60 units)

Pre-Major requirements (12 units)
CFS 31, CFS 39, CFS 100, and CFS 153

Core Requirements (18 units)
CFS 32, CFS 130W, CFS 134, CFS 143S, CFS 135, and CFS 150

Family Science Requirements (29-30 units)
CFS 38, CFS 131, CFS 179, CFS 193i, CFS 136 or CFS 137 or CFS 138 or GERON 10S or SOC 167, FIN 30, PH 91;
8-9 units major electives to be selected from: CFS 190, CFS 192, SOC 165, COMM 161, WGSS 126, CRIM 140, CLAS 141, (PSYCH 42 or ERE 153)

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Child and Family Science majors take CFS 130W to fulfill the Upper-Division Writing Requirement.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a minor

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. In order to major in Child and Family Science, students must do the following:
    (a) formally declare major as "pre-CFS," and
    (b) complete pre-major classes: CFS 31, 39, 100, and 153 (or their departmentally approved equivalents) with grades of C or better and have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
    (c) Upon completion of the pre-major, students who meet the GPA requirement will have their major changed and will then be allowed to enroll in restricted upper division CFS courses.
  2. Students majoring in Child and Family Science are required to earn a grade of C or better in all major courses. A grade of CR/NC counts in the major only if it is the sole method of grading specified for a particular course.
  3. The following courses may not be taken concurrently: CFS 37 and CFS 139; CFS 145A and CFS 145B; CFS 179 and CFS 193.


CFS faculty members are highly qualified professionals with advanced degrees from universities across the nation. They bring practical insights and experience to the classroom, resulting from a wide variety of professional activities, research, publications, community service, and consulting.

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Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science - Family Science Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Children at Risk
  • Family Theory
  • Multicultural Perspectives on Children and Families
  • Parent Education
  • Families in America


What You Can Learn

  • Physical, social, emotional and intellectual development from conception through adolescence
  • Families, their place within society, and their influence on human behavior


About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandising and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Child and Family Sciences
5300 N Campus Drive, M/S FF12
Fresno, CA 93740-8019

Department Phone: (559) 278-2283
Department Fax: (559) 278-8424

Department Office: Family and Food Science Building, Room 111