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    Jul 14, 2020  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development and Family Science with a concentration in Lifespan Development, BS (non–teacher certification)

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Graduates of the human development and family science program seek to enhance the well-being of individuals and families through research and community engagement. Lifespan development is one of the two non-certification concentrations offered.

Degree Requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Science with a major in human development and family science and a concentration in lifespan development (non–teacher certification).

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Education  requirements.

Major requirements


Students must also complete course requirements for a concentration, chosen with the advice of a faculty member within the program area. Concentrations are available in Family and Community  or Lifespan Developement.

Lifespan Development concentration, 45 hours

Minor, 18 hours

All students who select the Lifespan Development concentration are required to complete a minor (18 hours with 6 hours advanced outside the HDFS field). Student must meet with a faculty advisor when they enter this degree program to select and plan for an appropriate minor.


To complete the minimum of 120 hours for the degree.

Other requirements

  • A minimum grade of C is required in each course in the major; a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the major, 2.0 GPA in UNT courses and 2.0 overall GPA is required for graduation (overall GPA includes all course work transferred in addition to those taken at UNT).
  • Students who are interested in research and preparing for graduate studies are advised to take a research practicum and complete a senior thesis. Any student who is interested in research should meet with a faculty advisor early in the program to plan an appropriate minor and electives and to seek approval for choosing a senior thesis.
  • Students majoring in human development and family science must contact the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105, to prepare their degree audits.

Internship Information

Include one 3-hour unpaid internship (HDFS 4023 ) related to the student’s selected emphasis area (see below). Students must complete a minimum of 150 clock hours to meet this requirement. Some students may be required to complete a second internship. Students should have senior status and have completed HDFS 4011  before beginning the internship. Liability insurance is required for all internship students. Permission to enroll in an internship and approval of the internship site are required. Students must have completed the following courses to be eligible for enrollment in internships related to:

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