Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How can I learn more?

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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a human development and family science degree program?

Students in the human development and family science (HDFS) degree program study theory and conduct research in a variety of supervised field experiences. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals interact within the family system and with the larger socioeconomic environment, as well as the process of biosocial, psychosocial and cognitive development across the lifespan.

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Areas of emphasis in the human development and family science program

  • Minor

    The minor in human development and family studies (HDFS) can give students an advantage in a chosen career by helping them understand human development and issues related to individuals, families and communities.

  • Post-baccalaureate program in early childhood education teacher licensure

    Graduates of our Human Development and Family Science bachelor's degree programs interested in teaching children birth through second-grade may pursue this post-baccalaureate program to obtain coursework towards the Nevada teaching licensure in this area. Students are engaged in learning through advanced courses in curriculum, instruction and assessment.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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