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Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies

Individuals choosing a major in child development and family studies will be prepared for careers working with young children and their families, including may select a professional focus from a wide variety of areas including child care specialist, early childhood daycare teacher, developmental specialist, child life educator. Field placements offer students an opportunity to apply classroom theory in real world settings.

This program is offered entirely face-to-face or entirely online through WVU Online.

View CDFS in the WVU Academic Catalog

Admission Requirements

Incoming Freshmen

Students must be admitted to West Virginia University to become students in the Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies Program. Direct admission to the CDFS program requires incoming freshmen students to have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 to be admitted to the program.

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Transfer Students

Transfer students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 to be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in CDFS program.

Students transferring from other institutions must apply in advance with the WVU Office of Admissions (304-293-2121) to determine which courses taken at other institutions will be given full credit at WVU.

Students transferring from within the institution, must take their records to Anita Garten, Developmental Advising Specialist for assessment.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

West Virginia Association of Family Consumer Sciences $500 Higher Education Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the WV Associaition of Family and Consumer Sciences. The scholarship is offered annually and the deadline for application is spring of each year.

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Related Student/Professional Organization


West Virginia  University Association for Young Children focuses on developing resources to support comprehensive, high-quality Early Childhood environments providing access to a variety of programs for all children and families. WVU Students within this organization represent a growing number of professionals dedicated to preparing children to become lifelong learners.

Phi Upsilon Omicron

Phi Upsilon Omicron, or Phi U, is the National Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences. The focus of Phi U is a service to the community and leadership development.