Undergraduate 2017-2018

Human Services B.S.

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Amanda Nebelsick, Administrative Assistant

Location: Gunter 1250

Telephone: 970.351.2403

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/humanservices

Advising Information:

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

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

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

Program Description:

The undergraduate degree in Human Services provides students with a wide range of knowledge and skills to be able to work in a variety of human service settings. Students take a core curriculum that provides a liberal arts education and tools needed to be a successful professional in the field of human services. Students then select from among multidisciplinary courses, either across the variety of human services content areas, or focused on a content area of specific interest to the student, in community health, gerontology, or rehabilitative services. A hallmark of this program is the field work experiences integrated into the course requirements.

Community Health Content

A focus on Community Health Education content prepares the student with the skills and competencies to function in health education settings of all kinds. Examples of such settings include voluntary health agencies, county and state health departments, health promotion programs in business and industry, patient education in hospitals and wellness programs for the elderly, or to enter graduate study in public health.

Gerontology Content

A focus on Gerontology content gives students the opportunity to study the human aging processes and to learn skills needed in working directly with the older population. Topics covered are the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. Students are prepared to work as service providers in social service agencies, senior centers, long term care facilities, in the aging network adult day care and other community organizations, or to enter graduate study in gerontology.

Rehabilitative Services Content

The Rehabilitative Services Content educates students in rehabilitative theory and procedures relevant to helping people. Students are prepared to work in a variety of human service settings, such as programs for persons with developmental, mental and/or physical disabilities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation or insurance rehabilitation programs, and centers for independent living, or to enter into graduate education related to the helping professions.


The Human Services B.S. 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://pdweb.coloradodefenders.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=49&Itemid=146

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Degree Requirements — 120 credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required LAC — 40 credits

2. Required Major — 42 credits

Take all of the following courses:

HUSR 205Introduction to Human Services


HUSR 300Human Services Helping Skills


HUSR 410Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation


HUSR 492Internship in Human Services


PSY 230Human Growth and Development


STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis


HUSR 492: Take 12 credits

Choose 15 credits of the following courses:

Courses are shown according to special interest, but students select any 15 advisor approved credits from among all courses on the following list.

Community Health content

HUSR 209Foundations of Health Promotion/Health Education


HUSR 342Modern Concepts of Health and Disease


HUSR 350Introduction to Environmental Health


HUSR 405Health Communications and the Media


Gerontology content

HUSR 208Perspectives on Aging and Later Life


HUSR 460Community Resources for Older Adults


PSY 331Maturity and Aging


SOC 471Sociology of Aging


Rehabilitative Services content

HUSR 380Rehabilitation Principles and Case Management


HUSR 385Working with Families in Rehabilitation


HUSR 470Client Assessment


HUSR 475Psychiatric Rehabilitation


Special Topics

HUSR 238Contemporary Issues in Drug Abuse


HUSR 336Human Sexuality


HUSR 495Special Topics in Human Services

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3. University-Wide Elective Credits — 38 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 38 credits.