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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


Family, Youth and Community Sciences
College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

This interdisciplinary major in applied social science prepares students for careers in professions that strengthen families, children and youth and communities. This includes family life education, youth development, human services, community development and extension education. Students receive the training needed to understand and help youth, families and communities by taking foundation courses in sociology, psychology and economics; advanced courses in youth, family and community development and issues; and specialized courses emphasizing critical prevention and intervention skills.

Students must earn a C or better in all 3000/4000-level core courses and SYG 2000, PSY 2012 and SDS 4410 or SOP 3004. A 2.25 GPA in the core courses is required for graduation. Students must also earn a C or better in specialization electives, which must be at the 3000-4000 level. Students should consult the undergraduate coordinator in McCarty Hall.

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 9 critical courses – excluding labs – BSC 2007 and BSC 2009L, SYG 2000, CHM 1083 or PHY 2020, MAC 1147 or MAC 1140, AEB 2014 or AEB 3103 or ECO 2023 or ECO 2013, PSY 2012, AEE 3030C, STA 2023 and AEE 3033C

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 4 additional critical courses – excluding labs. PSY 2012 and SYG 2000 must be completed with a grade of C or better

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course

Semester 5:

  • Completion of all critical-tracking courses – including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
BSC 2007 and 2009L Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE–B)4
Composition (GE–C)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Total 16
Semester 2 Credits
SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology (GE–S)3
CHM 1083 Consumer Chemistry (GE–P) or
PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) or
MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (3) (GE–M)
Total 15-16
Semester 3 Credits
Humanities (GE)3
AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You (3) or
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) or
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3) or
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE–S)3
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
SPC 2600 Introduction to Public Speaking
Total 15-16
Semester 4 Credits
BSC 2008 Biological Sciences: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (GE–B) or
FOS 2001 Man's Food (GE–B) or
HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (GE–B)
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE–M)3
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences 3
Total 15-13
Semester 5 Credits
FYC 3001 Introduction to Family, Youth and Community Sciences (GE–S)3
AEE 3414 Leadership Development3
SDS 4410 Interpersonal Communication Skills or
SOP 3004 Social Psychology
Approved electives (see adviser)6
Total 15
Semester 6 Credits
FYC 3101 Parenting and Family Development or
SYG 2430 Marriage and Family (GE–S, I)
FYC 3201 Foundations of Youth Development3
FYC 3401 Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community3
Specialization electives (see adviser) 16
Total 15
Summer Credits
FYC 4941 Practicum in Family, Youth and Community Sciences (see adviser) 12
Total 2
Semester 7 Credits
FYC 3112 Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions3
FYC 4212 Contemporary Youth Problems and Solutions3
FYC 4126 Urban and Rural America in Transition3
Specialization electives (see adviser) 13
Total 12
Semester 8 Credits
FYC 4622 Planning and Evaluating Family, Youth and Community Science Programs 3
FYC 4905 Individual Study in Family, Youth and Community Sciences 3
FYC 4801 Applied Social Research Methods4
Specialization electives (see adviser) 15
Total 15

1 Area of specialization electives must be at the 3000/4000-level with grades of C or above.

Area of Specialization (AOS) Options

AOS Child and Youth Development

Theoretical Foundations

FYC 3115 Human Services
FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings
FYC 4114 Ethical Issues in Family, Youth, and Community
FYC 6207 Adolescents' Problematic Behaviors (with instructor consent)
FYC 6660 Public Policy and Human Resource Development (with instructor consent)
DEP 4163 Cognitive Psychology
DEP 4503 Adolescent Psychology
EDF 3122 The Young Child
EDF 3214 Learning and Cognition in Education
SYP 3510 Deviance
SYP 4530 Juvenile Delinquency


LIT 4331 Children's Literature
LIT 4333 Literature for the Adolescent


LEI 3250 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Parks
LEI 3320 Leadership and Social Recreation
LEI 3331 Camp Administration and Programs
LEI 3335 Camp Counseling
LEI 3400 Recreation Program and Leadership
LEI 3703 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
LEI 3705 Leisure Services - People with Disabilities
LEI 3820 Leisure Education and Counseling
LEI 3843 Commercial Recreation
PET 3203 Foundations and Principles of Coaching

AOS Human Services Courses

FYC 3115 Human Services *
FYC 4114 Ethical Issues in Family, Youth and Community
FYC 4003 Family Financial Management
FYC 4503 Methods of Family Life Education
FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings
EEX 3312 Exceptional People
CLP 3144 Abnormal Psychology
GEY 4001 Issues and Concepts – Gerontology
SOP 3004 Social Psychology
SOP 4504 Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes
DEP 3053 Development Psychology
EAB 3764 Applied Behavior Analysis
SYO 4102 American Families
SYP 3510 Deviance
PUP 3002 Current Controversies in Public Policy
SDS 6401 Counseling Skills

* Required

AOS-Certified Family Life Education

Contact the Family Life Education Coordinator for additional information and course work.

FYC 4003 Family Financial Management
FYC 4114 Ethical Issues in Family, Youth and Community Sciences
FYC 4503 Methods of Family Life Education
EDF 3222 The Young Child
SYG 2430 Marriage and Family
SYP 4730 Sociology of Aging and Life Course
ANT 2301 Human Sexuality and Culture