Human Development & Family Science (HDFS), Bachelor of Science

The Human Development & Family Science undergraduate degree at LSU is an exciting integration of theory, research, and practice from multiple disciplines. You will learn how humans develop physically, emotionally and socially throughout the lifespan in the context of the family. This broad-based interdisciplinary degree provides students with the knowledge and expertise to shape an interesting and impactful career helping individuals, families and communities. The personalized attention from the HDFS faculty makes a large university seem small, where students feel understood, challenged, encouraged and supported.


The HDFS major is an approved Certified Family LIfe Education (CFLE) Program and follows curriculum recommendations by the National Council on Family Relations, featuring courses focused on the following topics:

  • Families & Individuals in Societal Contexts
  • Internal Dynamics of Families
  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan
  • Human Sexuality
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Resource Management
  • Parent Education and Guidance
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Professional Ethics & Practice
  • Family Life Education Methodology



Students pursuing a degree in Human Development & Family Science must meet the following admission requirements:

  • 2.2 LSU and cumulative GPA
  • "C" or better in ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021 or higher

Students should contact the College of Human Sciences & Education Office of Student Services with questions regarding admission requirements.

View the catalog degree plan. Note: This is updated by the university annually. For information on determining your catalog year, please refer to the LSU General Catalog.




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