Child and Family Science - Child Development Option, B.S.
Department of Child and Family Science
Kathleen Dyer, Chair
Family and Food Sciences Building, Room 111
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.
Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science
Child Development Option
1. Major requirements (55-56 units)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The following courses may not be taken concurrently: CFS 37 and CFS 139; CFS 145A and CFS 145B; CFS 179 and CFS 193.
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.
Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Science - Child Development 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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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,
Fresno, CA 93740
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