Bachelor of Science in Child Development (Pre-Physical Therapy)

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.


78 semester credit hours.

General Description

This specialized Child Development program prepares students to begin an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program. A graduate degree is required to enter a career as a physical therapist. The student graduates with a B.S. in Child Development with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. Admission to the Physical Therapy program is competitive and separate from admission to the university. A predetermined number of students can be accepted based on availability of clinical facilities, space, and faculty. See website for additional information: .

Bachelor of Science in Child Development (Pre-Physical Therapy) Program of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I MATH 1314, MATH 14143
Creative Arts Core3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
FS 1001 (Recommend to take 1st or 2nd semester.)Seminar in Family Sciences1
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
FS 1513Human Development3
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
Select one of the following:4
CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111 (& lab)Preferred
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
( CHEM 1311, CHEM 1411) and ( CHEM 1111) 
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
( CHEM 1305, CHEM 1405) and ( CHEM 1105) 
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
FS 1603Child in the Family and Community TECA 13033
 Semester Credit Hours 13
Select one of the following:4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121 (& lab)Preferred
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
( CHEM 1312, CHEM 1412) and ( CHEM 1112) 
Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry Laboratory
( CHEM 1307) and ( CHEM 1107) 
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
FS 2503Development of Infants and Toddlers3
FS 2513Early Childhood Development TECA 13543
FS 2523Wellness of the Young Child TECA 13183
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Third Year
PHYS 1133
PHYS 1131 (& Lab)
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I
( PHYS 1301, PHYS 1401) and ( PHYS 1101)4
FS 2563Childhood Guidance3
FS 3513Childhood and Adolescence3
FS 3523 (GP)The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective3
FS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
PHYS 1143
PHYS 1141 (& Lab)
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II
( PHYS 1302, PHYS 1402) and ( PHYS 1102)4
FS 3403Concept Development in Early Childhood Programs3
FS 3563Creative Arts and Literature for Young Children3
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
 Semester Credit Hours 13
Fourth Year
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011 (& Lab)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
( BIOL 2301, BIOL 2401) and ( BIOL 2101)4
FS 4533 or 4543 (Developmental Sexuality)Communication and the Family3
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4933Professional Development in Family Sciences3
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021 (& Lab)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
( BIOL 2302, BIOL 2402) and ( BIOL 2102)4
FS 4803 or SOWK 3453 (Children's Rights and Services)Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
FS 4903 (Play and Development)Special Topics3
FS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences II3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.