Developmental and Family Science

The Developmental and Family Science curriculum allows students to take an interdisciplinary approach to studying families and human development across the lifespan. Students receive a broad education in human development and family studies, with optional concentrations in child development or family and community health. The major culminates in a capstone experience, designed by the student from among three choices: an internship, a research thesis, or a study abroad experience.

Developmental and Family Science majors are eligible to pursue the accelerated 5-year Master of Public Health (MPH) degree; the MPH offers an excellent concentration in Family and Community Health Sciences.

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Developmental and Family Science Website

Plan of Study

Developmental and Family Science, BS

Related Career Interests

Careers in Developmental and Family Science

Graduates of Developmental and Family Science work in a variety of settings or pursue advanced graduate education. Examples of employment include prevention and outreach educator, program development and evaluation, emergency wellness relief, and program coordination. This degree also offers excellent preparation for graduate programs such as public health, pediatrics, gerontology, public policy, and human development & family studies. This would also be a great major for students pursuing medical school to become a pediatrician or occupational/physical therapy with the goal of working with younger children and individuals with developmental delays.


Transfer to Developmental and Family Science

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

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