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.

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Program Overview

Delve into the online Bachelor of Science in Family Studies program

Lamar Online Degree Tuition Cost
Per Credit Hour
Up to 90 hours
Transfer Credits
Degree Credit Hours Required
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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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.


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:2/28/22
Start Class:3/21/22

8 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 01/18/2022 01/04/2022 01/11/2022 01/10/2022 03/11/2022
Spring II 03/21/2022 02/28/2022 03/07/2022 03/14/2022 05/10/2022
Summer I 05/31/2022 05/09/2022 05/16/2022 05/23/2022 07/06/2022
Fall 1 08/16/2022 07/26/2022 08/02/2022 08/09/2022 10/10/2022

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See the requirements for this online program

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

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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


Submit electronically to [email protected]


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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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