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  • Family, Youth and Community Sciences

    Family, youth and community sciences prepares students in current trends, issues, problems and community assets to address predictable human developmental changes, unpredictable events such as natural disaster or persistent problems such as poverty and nutrition.

    About This Major

    • College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science
    • Hours for the Degree: 120
    • Minor: Yes
    • Certificate Program: Yes
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    This interdisciplinary applied social science program provides the general and technical education necessary for graduates to enter careers in human services, including public, private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. This includes family life education, youth development, human services, community development and extension education. Students receive the training needed to understand and help youth, families and communities by taking foundation courses in sociology, psychology and economics as well as advanced courses in youth, family and community development.

    Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all critical-tracking courses, 3000/4000-level core courses and specialization elective, which must be at the 3000/4000-level. A 2.5 GPA in the core courses is required for graduation.

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 2-5
    • Complete 1 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs, with a minimum grade of C: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023, BSC 2009/2009L, PSY 2012, STA 2023, SYG 2000

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs, with minimum grade of C

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs, with minimum grades of C

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs, with minimum grade of C

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs, with minimum grades of C
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BSC 2009 and 2009L Biological Sciences (3) and Laboratory in Biological Sciences (1)
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life​ (GE-H)​ 3​
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Electives 6
    Total 16
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 1083 Consumer Chemistry or higher, or
    PHY 1033C Discovering Physics or higher, or
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality or
    EES 3008 Energy and the Environment or
    SWS 2007 The World of Water or
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment (all GE-P)
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) or
    MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (3) (GE-M) or
    MAC 1105 Basic College Algebra (3)
    SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology (GE-S) 3
    Electives 6
    Total 15-16
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You (3) or
    ECO 2023 Microeconomics (4) or
    ECO 2013 Macroeconomics (4) (GE-S)
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE-S) 3
    Elective 3
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) or
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
    Biological or Physical Science (GE-B or P) 3
    Electives 5
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    FYC 3001 Principles of Family, Youth and Community Sciences (GE-S) 3
    FYC 3101 Parenting and Family Development or
    SYG 2430 Marriage and Family (GE-S and D)
    Approved electives (see adviser)​ 6​
    Additional FYC course 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    FYC 3201 Foundations of Youth Development 3
    FYC 3401 Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community 3
    Additional FYC course 3
    Specialization electives, 3000/4000 level (see adviser) 6
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    FYC 4941 Practicum in Family, Youth and Community Sciences (see adviser) 2
    Total 2
    Semester 7 Credits
    FYC 3112 Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions (3) and/or
    FYC 4212 Contemporary Youth Problems and Solutions (3) and/or
    FYC 4126 Urban and Rural America in Transition (3)
    (6 hours minimum required)
    FYC 4931 Senior Seminar 1
    Additional FYC course 3
    Specialization electives, 3000/4000 level (see adviser) 3
    Total 13-16
    Semester 8 Credits
    FYC 4622 Planning and Evaluating Family, Youth and Community Science Programs 3
    FYC 4801 Applied Social Research Methods 4
    Additional FYC course 3
    Specialization electives, 3000/4000 level (see adviser) 5-6
    Total 15-16

    Specialization electives must be at the 3000/4000 level and students must attain minimum grades of C.

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majors: family-youth-and-community-sciences