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About the Family Science Degree Program

On Campus Blended

In the University of Nebraska at Kearney's family science program, students will learn how individuals develop and change, and how family, community and society affect human development. Completing the coursework, students will acquire the skills to create atmospheres for children, adults and families to thrive and relate to each other in healthy ways. Students will also develop a respect for diversity in people and environments, and be prepared to work in areas that build individual and family strengths.

*2018-19 CBT Placement Stats. Data based on 82% response rate of program graduates

National Council on Family Relations

National Council on Family Relations

The curriculum for Family Science is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).  NCFR is the oldest and largest national organization concerned with family issues in the United States.  Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Science graduates are qualified for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).  Full certification is available to those with the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree and two years experience in family life education if the degree is family-related; five years of experience if the degree is non-family-related. 

Family Studies Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Family Science, Bachelor of Science


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

What can you do with a Family Studies Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Family Studies graduates work for.


  • Workforce Education Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Communications Officer
  • Police/Court Clerk
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Transitional Youth Advocate


  • Families Care
  • Compass
  • Boys Town
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • State of Nebraska