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2007-08 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 in SYG 2000 and PSY 2012. A 2.5 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.

Critical Tracking and Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs with a grade of C or better: BSC 2007/2009L, SYG 2000, PSY 2012, AEB 2014 or AEB 3103 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023, and STA 2023

Semester 2:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs, each with a grade of C or better

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs each with a grade of C or better

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a grade of C or better

Semester 5:

  • Completion of all critical-tracking courses, including labs, each with a grade of C or better

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in 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, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 16
Semester 2Credits
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 3Credits
AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You (3) (GE-S) or
AEB 3103 Food and Resource Economics (4) or
ECO 2023 Microeconomics (3) or
ECO 2013 Macroeconomics (3)
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE-S)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
SPC 2600 Introduction to Public Speaking
Total 15-16
Semester 4Credits
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
Biological or Physical Science (GE-B or GE-P)3
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences 3
Total 14
Semester 5Credits
FYC 3001 Principles of Family, Youth and Community Sciences (GE-S)3
FYC 3101 Parenting and Family Development or
SYG 2430 Marriage and Family (GE-S, D)
Approved electives (see adviser)9
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
FYC 3201 Foundations of Youth Development3
FYC 3401 Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community3
Specialization electives at the 3000/4000 level (see adviser)6
Total 15
Summer Credits
FYC 4941 Practicum in Family, Youth and Community Sciences (see adviser)2
Total 2
Semester 7Credits
FYC 3112 Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions (3) and/or
FYC 4212 Contemporary Youth Problems and Solutions (3) and/or
FYC 4126 Urban and Rural America in Transition (3)
(6 hours minnimum required)
FYC 4931 Senior Seminar1
FYC professional electives from list below3
Specialization electives at the 3000/4000 level (see adviser)3
Total 13-16
Semester 8Credits
FYC 4622 Planning and Evaluating Family, Youth and Community Science Programs3
FYC 4801 Applied Social Research Methods4
FYC professional electives from list below3
Specialization electives at 3000/4000 level (see adviser)5-6
Total 15-16

Specialization electives must be 3000-/4000-level with grades of C or above.

FYC Professional Electives

FYC 3115 Human Services3
FYC 4003 Family and Financial Management3
FYC 4114 Ethical Issues in Family, Youth and Community Sciences3
FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings3
FYC 4410 Fundraising for Community Non-Profit Organizations3
FYC 4503 Methods of Family Life Education3