Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Environmental Sciences in
Consumer Sciences, concentration in Family Financial Planning and Counseling
Learn to guide clients to reach their financial goals by earning your bachelor’s degree in HES, Consumer Sciences, concentration in Family and Financial Planning and Counseling. This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue your professional aspirations in financial planning and related careers.
Tuition Per Hour$385
Help Others Make Financial Decisions
Our program teaches sound personal finance principles to help your clients reduce their debt, build an emergency fund, develop a budget, make investments and many other important skills. By studying consumer sciences, you will develop a holistic approach to financial planning that focuses on improving individual and family quality of life through the effective use of resources and informed consumer behavior.
Students who successfully complete the concentration may sit for the CFP Certification Examination that leads to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.
The degree fulfills the educational requirement to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor® exam, which is offered through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education®.
The Family Financial Planning and Counseling Concentration coursework fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the CFP® certification exam that leads to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP (with flame logo) ®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. The University of Alabama does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP (with flame logo) ® certification marks. Only the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., grants CFP certification to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board Registered Program, have met ethics, experience, and examination requirements.
This 120 semester hour program includes General Education requirements, Major courses, Family Financial Planning & Counseling courses and electives. Please note that courses are subject to change.
- CSM 201 Individual Family Resource Management
- CSM 204 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning or CSM 205 Honors Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
- CSM 225 Confidence in Conflict
- CSM 303 Consumer Decisions
- CSM 381 Consumer Marketing Management or MKT 300 Marketing
- CSM 401 Consumer Protection
- ST 260 Statistical Data Analysis or PY 211 Elementary Statistical Methods, SOC 301 Social Statistics, BER 345 Educational Statistics, CJ 381 Statistics
View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.
Family Financial Planning and Counseling Courses
- AC 210 Accounting
- CSM 300 Time Value of Money
- CSM 400 Personal Insurance Planning and Management
- CSM 404 Personal Investment Planning and Management
- CSM 410 Personal Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
- CSM 420 Personal Estate Planning
- CSM 435 Psychology of Money
- CSM 454 Personal Income Tax Management and Planning
- CSM 458 Using Spreadsheets for Financial Decision Making
- CSM 459 Consumer Counseling Skills
- CSM 460 Financial Planning Case Study Capstone
A degree in Family Financial Planning and Counseling will set you on the path to pursue several careers.
If you are considering a Family Financial Planning and Counseling degree, you will learn the skills necessary to pursue several career paths. The beauty of our degree lies in its flexibility. Here are some of the career opportunities with our BS and MS in FFPC degree.
To apply for formal admission to any of the undergraduate degree programs offered through UA Online, you must complete an admissions application and submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Transfer students considering admission should review UA’s transfer information and policies.
Applicants must meet one of the following admission requirements:
- If you have earned more than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet the transfer student admission requirement of a minimum 2.0 overall college GPA.
- If you have earned less than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet both the 2.0 overall college GPA required for transfer students, as well as Admission Requirements for Freshmen Students. If high school graduation was more than four years ago, ACT/SAT scores are not required.
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