Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Online

This versatile online program is designed to prepare you for a broad range of careers in education, policy, advocacy and more.


Start Date:

12/21/22
1/17/23

Program Overview

Delve into the online Bachelor of Science in Family Studies program

Lamar Online Degree Tuition Cost
$296*
Per Credit Hour
Up to 90 hours
Transfer Credits
Degree Credit Hours Required
120
Credit Hours

In the Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online program from Lamar University, you will explore the relationships within a family unit and their connection to a larger community; child socialization; and human development across the lifespan. Gain valuable knowledge and field experience that open doors to family wellness, family intervention, and community-based or faith-based opportunities. You can further customize your learning to suit your professional goals with eight electives.

Graduate qualified to work with private, non-profit or government agencies that provide care and services for families and children. Earning your B.S. in Family Studies online also gives you a strong academic foundation for a seamless pathway to the LU online Master of Education in Counseling & Development - Marriage Couple & Family Counseling.

This degree program will prepare you to:

  • Recognize the elements of healthy relationships and functioning through family research findings
  • Reduce family crises before they occur through awareness and prevention methods
  • Use an informed approach to help individuals, couples and families identify and build on their strengths
  • Strengthen communities by empowering individuals, couples and families to enrich their own well-being
  • Perform a high level of cognitive and written proficiency in the identification and application of course content dealing with family-related issues through projects and assignments
  • Demonstrate strong oral communication skills and your knowledge of theories related to family studies as well as your ability to apply those theories in real-world applications

Career Options:

  • Local, state and national agencies
  • Family intervention
  • Family wellness
  • Community services

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Tuition

Find out how and when to pay your tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Family Studies. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$296 Per credit hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Calendar

These are the milestones to guide your student journey

Our Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:12/21/22
Start Class:1/17/23

8 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/19/2022 09/28/2022 10/05/2022 10/10/2022 12/06/2022
Spring I 01/17/2023 12/21/2022 01/03/2023 01/09/2023 03/07/2023
Spring II 03/08/2023 02/15/2023 02/22/2023 02/27/2023 05/02/2023

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Admissions

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The Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts

Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended.

All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710

Check to see if the program is offered to residents in your state before applying by clicking here.

All applicants must complete an application packet, consisting of:

  • Complete online application and pay an application fee of $25
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges and universities you have attended
  • Be eligible to re-enter all colleges and/or universities previously attended
  • Verify specific requirements associated with chosen degree program

High school graduates who have not attended college before are considered entering freshmen – even if they received college credit while in high school through dual credit, AP or IB programs. Transfer students with fewer than 18 hours of college credit also must meet admission requirements for entering freshmen.

Incoming freshmen must do three things to qualify for unconditional admission to Lamar University:

  • Receive a diploma from an accredited high school
  • Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in mathematics, 2 credits in laboratory sciences, 2.5 credits in social sciences (U.S. history, U.S. government, and world history or world geography) and 2.5 credits in college preparatory electives (preferably including 2 credits of foreign language)
  • Meet the test-optional admission criteria, or achieve a minimum composite score on the ACT or SAT through the secondary review criteria. (Click here for criteria)

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

Courses

Learn the B.S. in Family Studies online degree plan

The Lamar University Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online features the same quality instruction from supportive faculty as our established on-campus program. Through core coursework and field experiences, you will develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary family issues, the historical context of families, the dynamics of human development, and more.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the individual and the family. Individual development, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, tasks of marriage, work and the family and parenting skills in relation to the family life cycle.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
People have always lived in families, but what that means has changed dramatically across time and across cultures. This course explores internal functionality, as well as how the family unit has contributed to the advancement and/or regression of its members and society at large.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of private, non-profit and governmental agencies that serve children and families.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration of the preschool years. Emphasis is placed on the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and creative selves.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Dynamics of growth and development of children from conception through adolescence. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as guidance techniques are addressed.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Dynamics of growth and development from young adulthood through death. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, including current issues and challenges at each of those stages (young adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood).
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of family structures beyond the traditional nuclear structure, including single parent households, polygamous households and those headed up by same-sex couples.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of operational processes that are common to human services agencies, whether public or private. Topics include budget and funding, staff and volunteer management and program planning and execution.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Interpersonal violence throughout the life cycle from immediate and extended family members. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect perpetuated against children, spouses and the elderly. Includes viewpoints of law enforcement and treatment strategies.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the importance of family relationships in the development of the child and individual behavior. Specific study of parenting skills, interaction between parent and child, interrelationships between family and larger community.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the interdisciplinary nature of family communication. Critique of communication patterns and applications of theoretical approaches in reference to interpersonal relationships.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Exploration of current topics affecting family life. Topics will address issues across the lifespan and will consider a variety of viewpoints.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Leadership, personal style, and protocol for working as a professional. Assessment of individual strengths, areas for improvement, and interpersonal relationship skills. Includes the development and nature of the profession, entry into the profession, exploration of career options, and opportunities for graduate study. Requires development of a personal portfolio.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Cooperative work-study arrangement between business, industry or selected governmental or private agencies and the FCS Department. Conferences and/or seminars with faculty coordinator are required. May be repeated with varied experiences for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Senior standing, Family and Consumer Sciences Major; advanced approval.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The objective of this course is to teach students to solve realistic problems using the most readily available "off-the-shelf" general applications software: word processing, spreadsheets and database systems. The course familiarizes the student with Internet resources. Students learn the basic components of computer systems and networks. (This course may not be taken as a COSC/CPSC elective).
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is concerned with the basic information regarding the physical, psychological, social and comparative aspects of family health, sexual behavior, sex education and sexually transmitted diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between personal health and human sexuality. the understanding of human sexuality through self-awareness, value clarification and decision-making will also be a concern.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Investigates sociological explanations of human sexuality using a gender constructionist framework. Trends in sexual attitudes will be explored, along with issues of sexual expression/desire, gender socialization, sexual aggression and sexual diversity.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Physiological, biochemical and sociological factors that affect nutrient requirements and recommendations over the life cycle.

Communication - 6 Hours
Mathematics - 3 Hours
Life and Physical Sciences - 6 Hours
Language, Philosophy and Culture - 3 Hours
Creative Arts - 3 Hours
American History - 6 Hours
Government/Political Science - 6 Hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences - 3 Hours
Component Area Options - 6 Hours

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of the fundamentals of speech production to the needs of the professional person. For non-communication majors only.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The application of common algebraic functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and rational, to business, economics and the social sciences are addressed. The applications include mathematics of finance, including simple and compound interest and annuities; systems of linear equations; matrices; linear programming and probability, including simple value. Prerequisites: TSI complete or TSI exempt. Students with a TSI score of 336 or higher, or with a S in MATH 0370 may take this course with co-requisite course MATH 0224. Students who are registered for MATH 1324 and MATH 0224 are not allowed to drop these courses due to the state's TSI compliance requirements.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to contemporary environmental issues and human interactions with ecosystems. Not to be used as a biology major course.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of elementary inorganic/organic chemistry and gas laws for allied health science majors. Prerequisites: (High school chemistry or CHEM 1375 with a grade of "C" or better) and (Mathematics Readiness Score>= 700 or MATH 1314 or higher with a "C" or better).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Elementary survey of structure, function and metabolic processes of molecules in organisms. Designed for students majoring in health sciences. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306, CHEM 1106. Offered: Summer
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Algebra-based review of chemical laws and theory for science, engineering and preprofessional majors. Prerequisites: Mathematics Readiness Score >=700 or MATH 1314 or higher with a C or better
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A continuation of CHEM 1311. Theories of solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111 both with a C or better.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to the relationship between human activities, geologic resources and processes and environmental quality. Topics include the relationship between human populations and geologic hazards, as well as how human activities may increase the chances of geologic hazards occurring. Emphasis will be from the geologic perspective, but will include all basic sciences. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Offered: Fall, Spring
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to provide a basic understanding of many aspects of space exploration, including discovering the physical make-up of the universe and evidence surrounding its origin, learning the discoveries made in the solar system and evidence surrounding its origin. This course in addition to lecture material will include a class project to assess teamwork skills.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A close reading of related themes, authors or periods and/or a close viewing of films with related themes or makers. The course will focus on literature, the arts, politics, philosophy or culture. It will not take the place of other 2000 level courses that require ENGL 1301 and 1302. It will not take the place of ENGL 1302. It is intended for students who do not take 6 hours of composition. Course may be repeated when content varies. Pre-requisite: English 1301.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A historical examination of theories and principles of social and personal conduct ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Mill and Nietzsche. Applications to current issues. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 Offered: Fall, Spring.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the field of film with emphasis on current trends in cinema, past and present directors, and the historical development of film. Satisfies the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The synthesis of computer games with a focus on the artistic elements of games, including graphics, animation, audio and narrative.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the art of dance and its role in world cultures, history and current issues. This course satisfies the fine arts core for non-dance majors. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the development and history of Jazz as a musical form from its origina in earlier styles to the present. Covers the major styles and musicians with an emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. May require attendance at instructor specified recitals or concerts.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the development and history of Rock Music from its origins in earlier styles up to the present. Covers the major styles and musicians with an emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. May require attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts. No Prerequisites.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Texas history from the beginning to the present time.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasizes monetary theory; national income analysis; fluctuation and growth; public finance; international trade; and current economic problems.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to economic principles; allocation of resources; determination of output and prices; distribution; and managerial economics.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the quantitative methods of analysis as applied to business problems. Topics of study include collection of data, statistical description, probability theory, probability distribution, sampling theory, estimation of parameters and testing hypothesis. Prerequisite: MATH 1325 or MATH 1324.

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