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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is a total of 180 credits

Credits are split into three 60-credit sections:

This requirement is met prior to starting the Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies (BAS-CYFS) program, and will be met by the core courses earned in completion of an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T), or equivalent degree, in one of the following:

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

This requirement will be met in two parts. At least 25-30 of the 60 credits will be completed as part of the AAS-T, or equivalent degree, prior to the start of the BAS-CYFS program. The remaining credits will be completed during the BAS-CYFS program.

Note: if students have more than 30 credits of general education prior to starting the BAS-CYFS program, credits may be transferable after a transcript review.

Please see the General Education chart below for a break down of the courses and credits.

This requirement will be completed in two years (6 quarters) during the BAS-CYFS program. Each CYFS course is 5 credits, and are held during Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

Summer Quarter can be used for completing General Education credits, if needed.

CYFS Course Schedule

CYFS Course Descriptions and Objectives


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 (Prerequisite: MATH& 146 - Introduction to Statistics, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 2.0)

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) Break Down:

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 25-30 credits completed before the BAS program (included in the AAS-T degrees):

Distribution Area Required Courses Course Title
Communication Skills
(5 credits)
ENGL& 101 English Composition I
Communication Skills
(5 credits each)
ENGL& 102
One of the following:
ASL& 121, CMST& 210, CMST& 220, or approved substitute
English Composition II

American Sign Language, Interpersonal Communications, Public Speaking
Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits) MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or approved substitute Mathematics in Society, Introduction to Statistics
Natural Sciences
(5 credits)
One of the following:
ANTH& 215, BIOL& 100, ENVS& 101, GEOL& 101, PHYS& 110, or approved substitute

Bioanthropology w/Lab, Survey of Biology w/Lab, Intro to Environmental Science w/Lab, Intro to Physical Geology w/Lab, Physics for Nonscience Majors w/Lab
Social Sciences
(5 credits)
One of the following:
ANTH& 206, PSYC& 100, SOC& 101, SOC 214, or approved substitute

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

Remaining 30-35 credits taken during the BAS-CYFS 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
Natural Science and Mathematics 
(5 credits)
MATH& 146 (minimum 2.0) or additional Natural Science if MATH& 146, or equivalent statistics course, was already completed
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