Bachelor of Science in Child Development (Child Life)

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.


78 semester credit hours.

This specialized Child Development program prepares students to compete for placement in Child Life Internships. Students choose elective courses designed to provide the specialized knowledge needed to work with children in health care settings.

Bachelor of Science in Child Development (Child Life) Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience1
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy3
Creative Arts Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
FS 1001 (Recommend to take 1st or 2nd semester.)Seminar in Family Sciences1
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
FS 1513Human Development3
Social & Behavioral Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Multicultural Women's Studies Core3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
FS 1603Child in the Family and Community3
 Semester Credit Hours15
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
FS 2503Development of Infants and Toddlers3
FS 2513Early Childhood Development3
FS 2523Wellness of the Young Child3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
FS 2563Childhood Guidance3
FS 3413Program Planning and Administration of Programs for Young Children3
FS 3513Childhood and Adolescence3
FS 3523 (GP)The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective3
FS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences3
 Semester Credit Hours15
FS 3403Concept Development in Early Childhood Programs3
FS 3563Creative Arts and Literature for Young Children3
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
HS 3033Medical Terminology3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
FS 4403Child Life I: Working with Hospitalized Children and Families3
FS 4533 or 4543Communication and the Family3
FS 4933Professional Development in Family Sciences3
 Semester Credit Hours15
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4803 or SOWK 3453Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
FS 4903
  & 4903 ("Child Life II" and "Play and Development")
Special Topics
   and Special Topics
FS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences II3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.