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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) offers four on-campus undergraduate majors for bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees.

Child, adult, and family services – For individuals and families facing life’s challenge, such as alcohol or substance abuse, immigration, family conflict, and death, finding support can be difficult. You can provide that support with a degree in child, adult, and family services, trained to help people of all ages cope and conquer obstacles in order to lead a better, more fulfilling life.
Early childhood education – Are you looking for a program that will prepare you to teach young children and their families? Our early childhood education-unified program leads to a state of Iowa license that will allow you to teach children from birth through third grade, in both general and special education.
Early childcare education and programming – In this fully online program, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations such as childcare centers and homes, before and after-school programs or infant/toddler pre-school programs.
Family and consumer sciences education and studies – The study of family and consumer sciences at Iowa State University has a long-standing reputation as one of the best in the nation. Today, we see family and consumer science educators as the glue for teaching youth valuable life skills in areas such as consumer resources management, family studies, food and nutrition, housing, human development, parenthood education, and textiles and clothing.
Financial counseling and planning – A growing career field that appeals to students who want to impact the lives of individuals and families through the complex process of financial decision making by providing advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement.