Family Sciences

A.A. - Transfer Degree

This program strives to integrate relationships between individuals, families, and communities as well as the environments in which they function. This profession is concerned with: the strength and vitality of families; the use of personal, social, and material resources to meet human needs; the well-being of individuals and families; the role of individuals and families as consumers of goods and services; and the development and management of home and community environments that are supportive of individuals and families. Any student may take courses in this area for personal or professional development. Some FAS courses fulfill general education requirements (AGEC and A.A.S.) in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. To reach the objectives of the profession, students are advised to continue and complete a bachelor’s degree for employability in this area.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in family sciences that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss effective communication practices and construct conversations utilizing the skills.
  • Summarize and determine family strengths as they pertain to solving problems.
  • Utilize technology to support their learning and understanding of family studies.
  • Research an assigned topic and synthesize information in a research paper, citing all sources using appropriate style and format.
  • Identify and explain how the influences in their own life impact their family and wellbeing.
  • Identify, discuss, and utilize effective communication skills.
  • Characterize and compare effective methods to support and empower families in order to promote holistic family development.
  • Use systematic observation, writing, and other effective assessment strategies to demonstrate an understanding of how multiple factors can impact families.
  • Employ their understanding of and relationships with children and families and their understanding of developmentally and culturally effective approaches to build upon family strengths.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with a Faculty Advisor.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation.   (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
FAS 160 Close Relationships 3 Major Requirement
PSY 170 Human Sexuality Departmental Requirement
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
FAS 238 Human Development 3 Major Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences 
PHI 105 Introduction to ethics (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
BIO 100 Introduction to Biology (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECE 240 Child Growth and Development 3 Major Requirement
FAS 204 Gender Relations 3 Departmental Requirement
NTR 201 Nutrition 3 Major Requirement 
ARH-141 Survey of World Art (recommended) 3 GE-Arts
Second Language Choose a course from Second Languages/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Course


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
FAS 220 The Family 3 Major Requirement
BIO 160 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
*PSY 230 Statistics for Social Sciences 4 General Elective 
*PSY 290 Intro to Research Methods 4 General Elective
Second Language Choose a course from Second Languages/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Courses

*Course may be required for students transferring to the university.


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University – Tempe or Online BS Family & Human Development None
Northern Arizona University - Online BSED Career and Technical Education 90-30 - (Family and Consumer Science Emphasis) None
University of Arizona – Yuma or Tucson BS Family Studies & Human Development 2nd Semester Proficiency

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.