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

Department

Department of Child and Family Science

Kathleen Dyer, Chair
Family and Food Sciences Building, Room 111
559.278.2283
www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/cfcs

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Child and Family Science - Family Science Option, B.S.
BS in Child and Family Science - Child Development Option, B.S.
MN in Child and Family Science, Minor
PREB in Pre-Child and Family Science


The Child and Family Science Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families through education, research, and service. The department offers two degree options toward this end: (1) Child Development and (2) Family Science.

The department is housed in the Family and Food Sciences (FFS) Building on the west side of campus. The department maintains laboratory facilities that support our academic programs. These include a child and family observation lab and two child care labs serving infants, toddlers, and preschool children, where students study child behavior and development under the supervision of faculty and laboratory teaching staff.

Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science 

Child Development Option. The Child Development program provides breadth and depth in the scientific study of child development, along with practical applications in disciplines that require direct interaction with children. It provides an excellent foundation for careers in child care, program administration, or work in health settings and other human services with children. It prepares students for post-graduate work toward a teaching credential, school psychology, or social work.

Family Science Option. The Family Science program focuses on the scientific study of the family relationship context of child and adult development. Courses correspond with suggested content areas outlined by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), including  internal dynamics of families, interpersonal relationships, human growth and development, families in society, parent education, family resource management, family law and public policy, and family life education. Graduates pursue opportunities in family life education (e.g., parenting education and  relationship enrichment) , military family support, and child and family service agencies. It provides an excellent foundation for graduate training in family therapy.

 

Courses

Child and Family Science

CFS 31. The Family in America

Prerequisite: GE Foundation A2 for students in English college-readiness Category III and IV. Interdisciplinary introduction to American families, their place within society, and their influence on human behavior. Topics include historical development, social functions, methods for studying, cultural and subcultural influence and meaning, family types, parenting, family violence, and the impact of race, class, and gender. G. E. Breadth D3.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring
GE Area: D3

CFS 32. Intimacy

An exploration of personal, relationship, and social aspects which contribute to loving relationships. Barriers to loving will also be discussed. Topics include the nature of love, awareness, emotional needs, fears, communication, conflict, values, beliefs, expecations, freedom, and responsibility.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CFS 37. Introductory Child Development Practicum

Open only to Child and Family Science majors. An interdisciplinary study in a laboratory setting of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of toddler and pre-school children. Children's relationships to family, peers, community, and culture will be a primary focus. Antibias curriculum will be explored through principle and practice. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CFS 38. Life Span Development

A balanced study of basic theories, research, applications, and principles of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from conception to death, presented in an integrated manner in the context of the family in a diverse society. Includes behavior, sexuality, nutrition, health, stress environmental relationships, and implications of death and dying. G. E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

CFS 39. Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development

An interdisciplinary study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development from conception through adolescence. Examines development in contexts of family, culture, and socio-historical perspective. Introduces child study methodologies. G.E. Breadth E1

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

CFS 90T. Topics in Child Dev and/or Family Science

Topics related to child development and/or family relations

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 12 units

CFS 100. Child and Family Science

Prerequisites: CFS 31, CFS 39 and CFS 153. Open only to the following majors: Pre-Child; Child Development; and Family and Consumer Sciences-Family Sciences emphasis. Introduction to the CFS discipline, options within the major, and professional career paths. Topics include: major requirements, career paths in child development and family science, writing conventions, and making the most of an undergraduate education.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 130W. Professional Writing in Child and Family Science

Open only to Child and Family Sciences majors. Professional writing in CFS, including correspondence, memos, running records, charts and tables, and literature reviews

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 131. Family Theories

Open only to majors in: Child Development; Family and Consumer Science-Family Science; and Liberal Studies, and to minors in Child and Family Science. An introduction to various family theories and their impact on issues such as gender in families, roles in family functioning, communication, power dynamics. Theories include Structural Functionalism, Family Systems Theory, Stress and Crisis Theory, Feminist Family Theory, and Family Development Theory.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 132T. Topics in Child Development and Family Relationships

Prerequisites: CFS 39 and/or CFS 131. Topics relating to child development and family relationships. Some topics may have labs.

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units

CFS 132T. Family Law and Policy

Review of the legal status of families in the United States, as well as laws and public policies that pertain to issues relevant to families. Topics include laws and policies related to: marriage and divorce, child custody, parental rights, surrogacy, child support, adoption, domestic violence, foster care, public assistance, social security, health care, LGBT rights, immigration, child care licensing, and family medical leave.

Units: 3

CFS 132T. Health and Hispanic Families

Students will participate in a community-based research program from start to finish that is specifically tailored to the needs of Hispanic families in Fresno. Program includes culturally-relevant education modules on nutrition, physical activity, and family wellness. Students will participate in research and program adaptation. We will meet weekly in the classroom 1 hour a week, and 3 hours per week of experiential learning in a community research setting once workshops begin.

Units: 3

CFS 134. Multicultural Perspectives on Children and Families

Prerequisites: CFS 31, CFS 39 and CFS 153. Open only to the following majors: Pre-Child, Child Development, and Family and Consumer Science-Family Science emphasis. Exploration of the issues children and families face living in a diverse society. Includes a survey of the history and circumstances of various groups based on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and religion; research on how children develop identity and attitudes about diversity; and cultural competence.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 135. Parent Education

Prerequisite: CFS 38, CFS 39, or PSYCH 101. Study of the significant impact of adult-child relationships on the developing person and parent education interventions to support those relationships. Topics include guidance and discipline theories, attachment, communication, consequences, applied behavior analysis, and adult education. Open only to majors in: Child Development; Family and Consumer Science-Family Science; and Liberal Studies; and to minors in Child and Family Science.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 136. Adolescent Development

Prerequisite: CFS 38 or CFS 38H or CFS 39 or Psych 101. Interdisciplinary study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of adolescents and emerging adults in a diverse society. Examines development of the self in the context of family, peer group, educational environments, work, community, and culture. Open only to Child and Family Sciences majors and minors, and Liberal Studies majors

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CFS 137. Infant and Toddler Development

Prerequisite: CFS 38 or CFS 38H or CFS 39 or PSYCH 101. Interdisciplinary study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development from birth to three years in a diverse society. Examines development of the self in the context of family, community, and culture. Open only to Child and Family Science majors and minors, and Liberal Studies majors.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 138. Early Childhood Development

Interdisciplinary study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development from two to seven years in a diverse society. Topics include vulnerability and resilience, brain development, social and emotional regulation, mathematical understanding, emergent literacy, family and societal influences, and policy issues. Open only to Child and Family Science majors and minors, and Liberal Studies majors.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 139. Advanced Child Development Practicum

Prerequisites: CFS 37; CFS 38 or CFS 38H or CFS 39 or PSYCH 101; junior or senior standing. Comprehensive study of the young child and ways to foster physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Students will plan developmentally appropriate learning episodes, conduct observations, and employ assessment techniques. Open only to Child and Family Sciences majors. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

CFS 140. Advanced Child Development Theories

Prerequisites: CFS 38 or CFS 39 or PSYCH 101. In-depth study of major child development theories with implication for play for children infancy through adolescence. Course considers ethological and cultural perspectives, gender differences, and special populations. Examines psychoanalytic, sociocultural, attachment, cognitive, social learning, moral development, and information processing perspectives. Open only to Child and Family Science majors

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 143S. Children at Risk

Examines environmental, societal, family, and developmental factors that contribute to risk from an ecological perspective. Explores categories and characteristics of high- and low-risk children with emphasis on early and middle childhood periods. Restricted to Child and Family Sciences majors and minors, Pre-CFS majors and Liberal Studies majors. S courses include a service-learning requirement. (Formerly CFS 143)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 145A. Observing the Development of Children

Techniques in observing and recording development and behavior of school age children. Interpretation and reporting of observational data. Emphasis on children 6 to 13 years of age in diverse elementary and middle school settings from developmental, ecological and systems perspectives. Open only to majors in Child Development; and Family and Consumer Science-Family Science emphasis. (3 hours lecture; 3 hour lab)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CFS 145B. Advanced Observing of the Development of Children

Prerequisite: CFS 145A. Advanced application of techniques in observing and recording child development and behavior. Observation of children six to 13 years of age in diverse elementary school settings in affective, physical, and cognitive domains. Interpretation and reporting of observational data. Open only to Child and Family Science majors. Open only to majors in Child Development; and Family and Consumer Science-Family Science Emphasis. (3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

CFS 146. Middle Childhood

Prerequisites: CFS 38, CFS 39, or PSYCH 101. Interdisciplinary study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children 6-13 years of age in a diverse society. Examines development of the self in the context of the family, peer group, educational environments, community, and culture. Open only to Child and Family Sciences majors and minors, and Liberal Studies majors

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 153. Developmental Research and Inquiry for Practitioners

PSYCH 101, PSYCH 155, or CFS 31 and CFS 39 recommended prior to enrollment in this course. Empirical and theoretical treatment of developmental issues. Emphasizes understanding the process of scientific discovery and learning to accurately interpret and evaluate development research. Examines theories and methods that guide research on physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CFS 179. Family Life Education

Preparation for students to enter careers in family life education. Exploration of job opportunities available locally to pursue a career in this field. Topics include: areas of family life education, teaching methods, program evaluation, professional ethics,professional writing, and graduate school options. Open only to Child and Family Science majors.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CFS 193. Internship

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 60 units; good academic standing; permission of the department. Combines study with paid or unpaid work experience in a supervised career-related placement.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

CI 161. Mth Mtl H Ec

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 999 units

CSH 116. Consumer Aspects of Home Ownership

Emphasis on benefits and obligations of home ownership. Analysis of the consum er processes of selecting, buying, and maintaining a home.

Units: 3

EHD 154B. Final Student Teaching Seminar - H Ec

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EHD 155B. Seminar to accompany final student teaching that provides opportunities for candidates to investigate and discuss variety of topics and strategies and to reflect on issues that surface during their student teaching experience.

Units: 1

EHD 155B. Studt Tchg H Ec

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10, Repeatable up to 20 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FCS 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement --Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FCS 192. Readings and Conference

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Individually directed readings; reports and evaluation. (Hours arranged) Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FCS 203. Trends and Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences

A study of the history and current status of family and consumer sciences. An examination of trends and issues pertaining to child and family sciences, clothing and textiles/fashion merchandising, consumer science and housing, food and nutrition, and interior design. (Formerly HEC 241)

Units: 3

FCS 205. Survey of Family and Consumer Sciences Research

Prerequisite: FCS 203. Examination of current research in each area of family and consumer sciences. Abstract writing, formulation of annotated bibliographies and research presentations. (Fulfills university's graduate writing proficiency requirements) (Formerly H EC 201)

Units: 3

FCS 210T. Seminar in Consumer Science and Family Management

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Analytical study of problems pertaining to identifiable segments of the populace; intercultural, socioeconomic, age level and ethnic and community groups. Topics may include aspects of aging, cultural aspects of management, home and community relationships and ergonomics -- aspects of work simplification.

Units: 3

FCS 220T. Seminar in Clothing, Text

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Research and analysis of historical material and contemporary developments in clothing textiles, and fashion merchandising. Topics may include aspects of historical costume and textiles, technological developments in textiles, and trends in purveying fashion. Some topics may have labs.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

FCS 230T. Seminar in Child Development, Family Relations

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Research, methodology, and issues in family relationships and child development. Topics may include parenting, families in transition, relationship patterns, infancy, early childhood, and family diversity.

Units: 3

FCS 240T. Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Applied research; current and future trends of the multilevel areas of family and consumer sciences education. Topics may include curriculum development, administration, evaluation, and supervision and incorporation of business and industry.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

FCS 242. Community College Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences

Strategies for implementing family and consumer sciences curriculum in community colleges. Study of instruction techniques, procedures, resources, problems and responsibilities in the community college setting.

Units: 3

FCS 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement --Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

FCS 292. Readings in Family and Consumer Sciences

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Individually directed readings in a field of special concern to students in the graduate program; appropriate reports and evaluations required; individual confer ences, no formal class meetings. Approved for RP grad

Units: 2-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

FCS 298. Project

Prerequisite: prior advancement to candidacy. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. The project is a significant undertaking of an approved pursuit appropriate to the applied arts, e.g., extensive curriculum design, development of new consumer products, or similar professional endeavors with written documentation. Abstract required. Approved for RP grading

Units: 2-6

FCS 298C. Project Continuation

Pre-requisite: Project 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the project. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

FCS 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: prior advancement to candidacy; see Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 2-6

FCS 299C. Thesis Continuation

Pre-requisite: Thesis 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science

Child Development Option

1. Major requirements (55-56 units)

Pre-Major requirements (9 units)
CFS 31, 39, and 153; passing score (70% or better) on qualifying exam

Core Requirements (18 units)
CFS 100, 130W, 134, 143S, 135; COUN 150

Child Development Requirements (28-29 units)
CFS 37 or CFS 145A; CFS 136, 137, 138, 140, and 146;
CFS 139 or 145B or 193; 6 units major electives

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

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. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details. 

 

Advising Notes

  1. Group advising is required for new pre-majors (freshmen and transfers). Students must attend a group advising session before meeting individually with an advisor. Details available from the department.
  2. 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, and 153 (or their departmentally approved equivalents) with grades of C or better; pass a qualifying exam over content in those three classes; and have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
    (c) Students may apply for a change of major (from Pre-CFS to CFS) when they take the qualifying exam; application will be provided with the exam. When the qualifying exam is passed, applications to the CFS major will be reviewed, and approved when completion of all required courses has been verified. Upon approval, the major will be changed, and students will be allowed to enroll in restricted upper division CFS courses.
  3. 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.
  4. The following courses may not be taken concurrently: CFS 37 and CFS 139; CFS 145A and CFS 145B; CFS 179 and CFS 193.

Faculty

CFCS 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.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.

Roadmap

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Careers

The Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science provides breadth and depth in the child and family sciences. It is an excellent foundational degree for individuals who wish to pursue careers or graduate studies in social services, education, child and family health, family law, counseling, or college teaching. It is also a degree that provides excellent preparation to those who have, or will have, families.

The department maintains laboratory facilities that support our academic programs. These include clothing and textile labs, a child and family observation lab, and two child care labs serving infants, toddlers, and preschool children in which students study child behavior and development under the supervision of faculty and laboratory teaching staff.

What You Can Earn

Licensed Professional Counselor
$36,358 (in Fresno)

Child Care Center Director
$69,045 (in Fresno)

Source: HR Reported data in salary.com as of December 5, 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development
  • Child and Family Crisis
  • Family Relations
  • Multicultural Perspectives on Children and Families

 

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
  • Stress and crisis as experienced and perceived by children and their families

 

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,
MS AS79
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Child, Family and Consumer 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