Many students pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies plan to apply to graduate or professional programs in a variety of health professions. The Pre-Health Professions concentration prepares students for these careers and supports their goals of obtaining graduate training. Some of the careers students in this concentration pursue are nurse, medical doctor, dentist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, veterinarian, allied health practitioner, anesthesiologist assistant, child life specialist, chiropractor, dentist, medical doctor, music therapist, naturopathic or complementary medicine practitioner, physician's assistant, podiatrist, public health educator, or speech and language pathologist. The courses within this concentration include a focus on science and are designed to prepare students to work with individuals (and their families) with disabilities, mental and physical illness, or those experiencing death, dying, or grief. In addition, students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to consult with health professions advisors in the Collaborative for Student Achievement for the specific course (and corresponding course prerequisite) recommendations based on the credentials that they are pursuing, as the prerequisite requirements vary for graduate and professional programs. 

Learn more about the Human Development and Family Studies major on the Department of Human Development and Family Studies website.

Effective Fall 2020

A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all courses used to satisfy the requirements of the Major in Human Development and Family Studies, Pre-Health Professions Concentration. Courses used as substitutions also require a minimum grade of C (2.000).

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C3
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31-32
Sophomore
 
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context 3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods  
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See list below) 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3-4
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30-31
Junior
 
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context 3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging 3
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science 3
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan4B3
Select one course from the following:1 1
HDFS Professional Preparation  
HDFS Professional Development  
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Courses (See list below) 6
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31
Senior
 
HDFS 488C1Internship: Pre-Health 5-8
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program Proposals4C3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Courses (See list below) 6
Electives2 10-13
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120

Pre-Health Professions Concentration Courses

Of the required total of 15 credits, a minimum of 9 credits must be HDFS courses.  A minimum of 12 credits must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). Courses may not double-count for more than one HDFS concentration.

Code Title AUCC Credits
Select 9-15 credits from the following courses:
HDFS 201 Perspectives in Gerontology 3
HDFS 217 Creative Experiences for Children 3
HDFS 315 Disability across the Lifespan and Culture 3
HDFS 317 Disabilities in Early Childhood Education 3
HDFS 332 Death, Dying, and Grief 3
HDFS 404 Child Life Theory and Practice 3
HDFS 445/FSHN 445 Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
HDFS 475 Entrepreneurs and Leaders in Human Services 3
Two courses from the following may count:
Promoting Early Socioemotional Development
Developmental Transitions in Adolescence
Mental and Physical Health in Adulthood
Three credits from the following may count:
Campus Connections–Mentoring At-Risk Youth: Youth Mentor
Campus Connections–Mentoring At-Risk Youth: Mentor Coach
Group Study: Student Respect/Wellness Education
Select 0-6 credits from the following courses:
ANTH 379 Evolutionary Medicine and Human Health 3
ANTH 416 Gender, Culture, and Health 3
BMS 300 Principles of Human Physiology 4
BMS 301 Human Gross Anatomy 5
BMS 302 Laboratory in Principles of Physiology 2
BZ 350 Molecular and General Genetics 4
CHEM 245 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 341 Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
FSHN 150 Survey of Human Nutrition 3
FSHN 444 Nutrition and Aging 1
HES 345 Population Health and Disease Prevention 3
HES 434 Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan 3
LIFE 205 Microbial Biology 3
LIFE 206 Microbial Biology Laboratory 2
MIP 300 General Microbiology 3
MIP 302 General Microbiology Laboratory 2
OT 110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
OT 215 Medical Terminology 1
OT 355 The Disability Experience in Society 2
PH 121 General Physics I (GT-SC1) 3 3A 5
PSY 252 Mind, Brain, and Behavior 3
PSY 320 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 328 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3
SOC 344 Health, Medicine, and Society 3
WS 397 Group Study 3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program
Human Development and Family Studies is an open-entry major for freshmen. For sophomores and above, students must complete and/or be enrolled in HDFS 101, PSY 100 or SOC 100 in order to declare HDFS.  HDFS subject code courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.000) or higher. Background check required prior to participating in the internship course (HDFS 488C) during the senior year. Students will complete a graduation contract with an HDFS Academic Advisor during the first two weeks of the semester in which they are graduating.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)X 3C3
HDFS 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Quantitative Reasoning  1B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2) X3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Elective   3
CO 150, HDFS 277 and the AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in ContextX  3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle X 3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3-4
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Select one course from the following:   3
General Statistics (GT-MA1) X1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods X  
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context X 3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging X 3
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies   3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   3
STAT 201 or STAT 301 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods X4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science X 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan X4B3
Select one course from the following:   1
HDFS Professional Preparation    
HDFS Professional Development    
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 488CInternship: Pre-Health   5-8
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   2-5
HDFS 350 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   13
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program ProposalsX 4C3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3
ElectivesX  8
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120