Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Human Services B.S.

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Location: Gunter 1250

Telephone: 970.351.2403

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/human-services

Advising Information:

Students must consult with a major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Human Services program provides a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and theories in the helping professions. You will master the skills needed to solve real-world problems using a variety of human services methods. The undergraduate degree in Human Services provides students with the skills to be able to work in a variety of human services settings. Students take a core curriculum that provides a liberal arts education and the tools needed to be a successful professional. Students also select from among multidisciplinary courses across a variety of human services content areas. A hallmark of this program is the fieldwork experiences integrated into course requirements.

The Human Services degree requires completion of an internship. Since the Human Services field requires direct contact with vulnerable individuals, agencies conduct background checks on new employees, including interns. Any student who has a criminal conviction may be unable to register for and complete this required internship. For additional information about vulnerable populations, please review "The Consequences of Conviction" at: http://www.coloradodefenders.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/consequences-of-conviction.pdf

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing and signed Human Services Ethics Agreement.

Degree Requirements — 120 credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

STAT 150 (3) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation. 

HUSR 205 (3) is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

PSY 230 (3) is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 48 credits

Take all of the following courses:

HUSR 205Introduction to Human ServicesLAB3


HUSR 300Human Services Helping Skills


HUSR 380Rehabilitation Principles and Case Management


HUSR 397Foundations of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment


HUSR 399Professional Ethics in the Human Services


HUSR 410Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation


HUSR 492Internship in Human Services


PSY 230Lifespan DevelopmentLAB3


STAT 150Introduction to Statistical AnalysisLAX1


HUSR 492: Take 12 credits

Select any 12 approved credits from the following:

HUSR 208Perspectives on Aging and Later LifeLAB3


HUSR 209Foundations of Health Promotion/Health Education


HUSR 238Contemporary Issues in Drug Abuse


HUSR 336Human Sexuality


HUSR 342Modern Concepts of Health and Disease


HUSR 350Introduction to Environmental Health


HUSR 385Working with Families in Rehabilitation


HUSR 405Health Communications and the Media


HUSR 460Community Resources for Older Adults


HUSR 475Psychiatric Rehabilitation


HUSR 495Special Topics in Human Services

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PSY 331Maturity and Aging


SOC 471Sociology of Aging


3. University-Wide Elective Credits — 41 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 41 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.