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Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science

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Program Quick Facts

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Become a Certified Family Life Educator in this National Council on Family Relations-approved program.

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Get up to 100% of tuition covered with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.*

Pursue a Career in the Helping Professions

The 100% online Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science program from NMSU Global Campus prepares you for professional work with social and community agencies that serve individuals and families and other programs serving children and families.

Approved by the National Council on Family Relations, this program guides you to learn about communication skills, human growth and development, family dynamics, parenting and child guidance skills, family economic issues, and research and theory. Upon graduation, you can apply to become a Certified Family Life Educator.

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Career Pathways

Graduates with the NMSU Global Campus bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science are well prepared for a range of career positions in the helping professions, such as:

  • Community Outreach Personnel
  • Health Professions
  • Human Resource Services
  • Long-Term Care Administration
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Officer
  • Social Services
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

The BS in Human Development and Family Science program from NMSU Global Campus focuses on the impact of social and economic factors on the family system, and the interrelationships of individuals throughout the lifespan. The program prepares you for a career in a variety of settings, including childcare, family life education, human services agencies, therapy, and more.

Delivery Format: 100% online
Program Credits: 120 credits
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences
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The BS in Human Development and Family Science program consists of 120 credits. To earn this degree, you need to complete all University degree requirements, which include General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits, with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.

Sample Courses Credits
FCST 1130: Interpersonal Skills in Intimate Relationships 3
FCST 2135: Adolescent Development and the Family 3
FCST 2140: Adult Development and Aging 3
FCST 301: Family Resource Management 3
FCST 383: Parenting and Child Guidance 3
FCST 424: Field Experience: Issues and Ethics 3
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Developmental coursework will not count toward the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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**For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.