B.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Adult Development & Aging
Prepare for a career that involves work with the aging population. Course work in the online B.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Adult Development & Aging degree program focuses on typical developmental trajectories of adults in later life with a particular emphasis on contextual influences.
The adult development and aging undergraduate option also includes a field experience component. All students are given the opportunity to work in a professional placement during their undergraduate program. This requirement enables students to apply their course work to a professional position as they prepare to move into important careers with adults and aging individuals
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Other careers require preparations beyond the bachelor's level. An HDFS degree is excellent preparation for students considering graduate work. If you are interested in a complementary graduate program, consider our online M.S. in Human Development and Family Science degree with options in Gerontology and Family Financial Planning. Both of these programs also have online graduate certificate programs available.
Sample Plan of Study
HDFS Core Courses: (20 CREDITS)
- HDFS 135 Family Science (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 230 Life Span Development (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 250 Intro to Research Methods in CDFS (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 353 Children, Families and Public Policy (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 475 Children and Families Across Cultures (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 496 Field Experience (5 CREDITS)
Adult Development & Aging Core Courses: (9 CREDITS)
- HDFS 360 Adult Development & Aging (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 481 Gender and Aging (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 482 Family Dynamics of Aging (3 CREDITS)
HDFS Major Electives: (9 CREDITS)
- HDFS Electives (9 CREDITS)
Must be 300-400 level and cannot include HDFS 496.
- HD&E 320 Professional Issues (1 CREDIT)
- Electives (43 CREDITS)
- A minor from outside the HDFS Department is required.
- General education requirements (40 CREDITS)
Total Credits: 122
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Tuition and Fees
This degree is charged at the North Dakota resident rate regardless of the resident status or location of the student. Student fees are charged for all NDSU classes up to 12 credits. If you are taking more than 12 credits there are no student fees charged.
NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
NDSU Office of Admission