Bachelor of Science in Child Development

B.S. in Human Environmental Studies: Child Development

The study of child development encompasses the human life span from conception through adolescence and provides a foundation for your professional role in human service and education careers. Graduates work with children, families, and allied professionals in instructional, supervisory, and support capacities.

Core Courses

  • CF 102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF 120 The Child (3)
  • CF 124 Children’s Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
  • CF 200 Constructive Guidance and Discipline (3)
  • CF 209 Introduction to Family Processes and Systems (3)
  • CF 215 Observation: Perception and Process (3)
  • CF 233 Creative Thought/Expression in Children (3)
  • CF 250 Family Child Care: Feasibility and Management (3)
  • CF 280 Learning Theory and Application: Preschool (3)
  • CF 285 Learning Theory and Application: Infant-Toddler (3)
  • CF 306 History and Theory of Child Development (3)
  • CF 310 School Age Child Care (3)
  • CF 330 Middle Childhood and Youth Issues (3)
  • CF 360 Family Life Education (3)
  • CF 410 Culture, Ethnicity, and the Child (3)
  • CF 430 Parent Child Interactions-A Systems Approach (3)
  • CF 475 Action Research for the Practitioner (3)
  • CF 480 Child Development Career Internship (6)
  • EX 390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)

Choose One Track

Administrative Track

  • CF 315 Administration of Programs for Children and Youth (3)
  • CF 350 Assessing and Teaching Young Children (3)
  • CF 415 Legal Risks/Administrative Decision-making in Programs for Children and Youth (3)
  • CF 420 Leadership and Advocacy for the Administrator (3)

Child and Youth Services Track

  • CF 495 Interagency Collaboration (3)
  • OR
  • CF 520 Family Assessment (3)
  • HS 301 Foundations of Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy (3)
  • HS 401 Child Advocacy II - Professional and System Responses (3)
  • HS 402 Child Advocacy III - Responding to the Survivor of Child Abuse (3)

Additional Requirements

(some courses may fulfill General Education requirements)

  • BS 103 Human Biology (3)
  • FE 200 Family Financial Management (3)
  • LI 243 Children’s Literature (3)
  • MA 128 Mathematics I (3)
  • PH 218 Physical Science: A Process Approach (3)
  • PS 103 U.S. Political Systems (3)
  • SW 121 Helping Skills for Human Services (3)
  • US 105 American History I (3)
  • OR
  • US 107 American History II (3)

General Education Requirements

(some requirements may be fulfilled by course work in major program)

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • U.S. History requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Fall (18 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CF 120 (3)
  • MA 128 (3)
  • PS 103 (3)
  • US 105 OR US 107 (3)

Spring (18 hours)

  • CF 120 (3)
  • CF 200 (3)
  • CF 124 (3)
  • PH 218 (3)
  • SW 121 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall (18 hours)

  • CF 209 (3)
  • CF 215 (3)
  • CF 233 (3)
  • CF 250 (3)
  • CF 280 (3)
  • CF 310 (3)

Spring (18 hours)

  • BS 103 (3)
  • CF 285 (3)
  • CF 360 (3)
  • EX 390 (3)
  • FE 200 (3)
  • LI 243 (3)

Fall (12 hours)

  • CF 330 (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (12 hours)

  • CF 306 (3)
  • CF 410 (3)
  • CF 430 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (12 hours)

  • CF 475 (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (12 hours)

  • CF 480 (6)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599), Writing Proficiency Exam (WP003), and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a B.S. in Human Environmental Studies: Child Development.

Contact

573.651.2109
vwilburn@semo.edu
Scully Building 114
Child and Family Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701