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Degree: Bachelor of Science

Evaluating human biological, psychological, and sociological development across the lifespan

You might like this program if you

  • Are interested in human behavior, how people relate to one another, and the influence those relationships exert on all aspects of life.
  • Have a passion to improve the lives of individuals, families, or communities through your work.
  • Plan to pursue a career in an organization that values understanding individual and family development across the lifespan (e.g., counseling, education, health professions, business, and policy/advocacy).


Types of classes you’ll take

  • Infant and Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Prevention and Intervention
  • Ethics
  • Relationship Management Skills 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Human Services Management

Possible careers

  • Human Services
  • Health Care
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Development and Fundraising
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Research
  • Law
  • Business

Whatever your interests, whichever direction you want to go—business, science, medicine, healthcare, social science—the Penn State College of Health and Human Development has programs and options that lead to a future where you can do good work, and work while doing good.