Human Development and Family Sciences

Undergraduate Program

Human development and family sciences at Oregon State is a nationally ranked program that offers you many opportunities to directly and profoundly impact lives and relationships.

With an HDFS degree, you’ll be ready for professional work or graduate study in fields such as education, social work, allied health sciences or other helping professions.

You can pursue the HDFS program on the Corvallis and Cascades campuses, as well as online and in hybrid format via OSU Ecampus, a national leader in online education.

The BS in Human Development and Family Sciences can be pursued through one of four required options listed below:

View course catalog for class requirements for all HDFS majors


HDFS undergraduate minor

The HDFS undergraduate minor complements other academic degrees such as education, public health, psychology, sociology and allied health sciences.


Internship Program

Strengthen your professional skills through hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences. Through an internship, you earn college credit for practical experience in the workplace.


Head of the class

If your GPA is over 3.75 (3.5 for current Oregon State students and transfer students), you’re eligible to earn your degree through the Honors College. This prestigious option means you get more faculty support and the opportunity for undergraduate research. It also gives you a leg up with future employers and graduate programs. Curious about how this works? Visit the Honors College to learn more.


Career Options

*Additional Teacher Licensure required

  • Adoption agency counselor
  • Activity director
  • Caseworker
  • Childcare coordinator
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Early childhood policy advocate
  • Extension educator
  • Elementary educator
  • Elementary teacher*
  • Emergency relief worker
  • Family support worker
  • Foster care caseworker
  • Hospice worker
  • Housing service coordinator
  • International relief worker
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Parent educator
  • Preschool or childcare teacher
  • Senior advocate
  • Social caseworker
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Youth development specialist