Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Program Requirements

The complete BAS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies is 180 credits.

The credits are split into three 60-credit sections:

  1. Proficiency
  2. General Education Requirements 
  3. Upper Division Program Requirements
Proficiency (60 Credits)

This requirement must be met prior to beginning the BAS program, and will be met by the core courses earned in completion of an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree, or equivalent, in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Addiction Studies, or Family Support Studies.

If students are coming from a college other than Edmonds CC, please contact the Program Manager for a preliminary transcript review to determine 60 credits of Proficiency.

This requirement will be met in two parts. About half of the 60 credits will be completed as part of the AAS-T or equivalent degree. The remaining credits will be completed during the BAS program. Please note: if students have more than 30 credits of general education prior to starting the BAS program, credits may be transferable after a transcript review.

Please see the chart at the bottom of this webpage for a breakdown of the courses and credits.


This requirement will be completed during the two-year BAS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies program. Each course is 5 credits. There are no upper division courses during Summer Quarter, but this quarter can be used for completing general education credits, if needed.


Fall Quarter

  • CYFS 310 Introduction to Child, Youth, and Family Studies
  • CYFS 320 Resources and System Navigation

Winter Quarter

  • CYFS 330 Applied Family Systems Theories
  • CYFS 340 Professional Practice in Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Spring Quarter

  • CYFS 350 Social Policy Issues and Advocacy
  • CYFS 390 Practicum I


Fall Quarter

  • CYFS 410 Social Justice in Child, Youth, and Family Studies
  • CYFS 420 Applied Research Methods and Information Literacy

Winter Quarter

  • CYFS 430 Trauma and Resilience in Children, Youth, and Families
  • CYFS 440 Leadership in Child, Youth, and Family Programs

Spring Quarter

  • CYFS 490 Practicum II
  • CYFS 495 Program Development and Capstone Project

General Education (60 credits) breakdown:

Note: alternate courses from an accredited college may be accepted to meet the General Education Requirements through the transcript evaluation process if completed prior to starting the BAS program. See Program Manager.

First 25 credits completed before the BAS program

Distribution Area Required Courses Course Title
Communication Skills
(5 credits)
ENGL& 101 English Composition I
Communication Skills
(5 credits)
ENGL& 102
CMST& 210
English Composition II or
Interpersonal Communications
Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits) MATH& 107 Math in Society
Natural Sciences
(5 credits)
One of the following:
BIOL 100, ENVS 101, ANTH 215

Survey of Biology w/Lab,
Intro to Environmental Science w/Lab, 
Bioanthropology w/Lab
Social Sciences
(5 credits)
One of the following:
PSYC 100, SOC 101, SOC 214, ANTH 206

General Psychology,
Intro to Sociology,
Sociology of the Family,
Cultural Anthropology

Remaining 35 credits taken during BAS program

Distribution Area Required courses
Communication Skills 
(5 credits)
ENGL& 102, if not already completed
(5 or 10 credits)
CMST& 210, if not already completed 

And choose one of these:
CMST 220, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, ENGL 141, ENGL 170,
HUM 108
(5 credits)
MATH& 146 (minimum 2.0)
Social Sciences 
(5 credits)
Choose one of these:
PSYC 100, SOC 101, SOC 214, ANTH 206
Additional General Education Requirements 
(15 credits)
Choose three additional courses from those listed in distribution areas: Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences.

Additional choices: NUTR 101, PSYC 208, PSYC 290, SOC 115, SOC 150