2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Child, Youth, and Family Studies - Bachelor of Applied Science

Program Description With a foundation in social justice, equity, and inclusion, the Child, Youth, and Family Studies Bachelor of Applied Science (CYFS-BAS) degree provides advanced knowledge and skills for professional positions in early learning settings and social services programs for young children, youth, and families of diverse populations. This interdisciplinary degree builds upon knowledge in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Addiction Studies, and Family Support Studies as it emphasizes the whole family system and a holistic approach when working with children, youth, and families.

Program Eligibility Acceptance into the CYFS-BAS program is by application only. This is in addition to the Edmonds College admissions process. The CYFS-BAS degree is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 180 credits as outlined. To view additional information and download application materials, please go to the Child, Youth, and Family Studies-BAS website. A program advisor will work with students to ensure they are able to complete their 2-year degree prior to starting upper division courses or concurrent to them depending on the student’s individual course background and preparedness. 

Individuals must have

  • Completion of the program prerequisites or equivalent credits that represent the combination of program admission required courses and other college-level courses.
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 in all proficiency courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college-level courses used to fulfill CYFS-BAS degree requirements at the time of admissions.
  • Valid Edmonds College math placement.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Prerequisites (45 credits)

Communication Skills (5 credits)

General Education Requirements (15 credits)

Complete 15 credits of General Education courses from the list below or from the Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, or Social Sciences distribution areas with a grade of 1.0 or higher in each course.

Proficiency Requirement (25 credits)

Complete 25 credits of professional-technical courses from a regionally-accredited school in the following or closely related areas of study:

View a one page proficiency course list.   

Courses from other programs can be used as electives to meet the 25 credit proficiency requirement depending on the student’s academic and career goals. Students should meet with a CYFS-BAS advisor to complete an academic plan and the transcript evaluation process.

To be filled out by the transcript evaluator: All requirements met______.

​See Proficiency Form for details of transfered credits, if applicable.

Additional Proficiency Requirement (35 credits)

Complete an additional 35 credits of professional-technical courses from a regionally-accredited school in the areas of study described above.

General Education Requirements (40 credits)

Alternative general education courses completed from an accredited college may be accepted to meet the General Education Requirements through the transcript evaluation process.

Communication Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Humanities Distribution (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Use humanities-based methods to reason, communicate, make meaning, solve problems, and/or create or perform cultural works for diverse audiences and purposes.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts and insights.

Social Sciences Distribution (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Use social science theories and methods to reason, communicate, apply insights, solve problems, and to develop a critical understanding of the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures.

Upper Division Program Requirements (60 credits)


  1. Utilize knowledge base to support a systemic and developmental approach to improve the lives of children, youth, and families across the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate ability to synthesize multiple perspectives in the context of teaching, youth services, and family support.
  3. Apply principles of equity and inclusion through strengths-based strategies to build resiliency and opportunity for individuals and families to reach their goals.
  4. Articulate and demonstrate a professional identity utilizing evidence-based practices, standards, and ethical conduct in early childhood and social service careers.

Program Notes

The program code for this degree is YSACYBAS. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Admission into the Child, Youth, and Family Studies - Bachelor of Applied Science degree program is by application only.
  • Minimum requirements to begin CYFS courses:
    • Completion of 45 credits of prerequisite courses. Transferable courses will be evaluated by the program manager to determine equivalency.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    • Active math placement at Edmonds College.
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.0 in proficiency courses.
  • To view additional information and download application materials, please go to the Child, Youth, and Family Studies - BAS website
  • A list of courses that meet the Proficiency Requirements for the Child, Youth, and Family Studies - Bachelor of Applied Science (CYFS-BAS) degree program can be assessed at the identified link. 

The department advisor for this program is:
Krystal Nash | krystal.nash@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1605

The faculty advisor and Department Chair for this program is:
Lauriel Elsa-Gordon | lauriel.elsa-gordon@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1508

Department contact information: Child, Youth, and Family Studies | cyfs@edmonds.edu | edmonds.edu/cyfs 

Bachelor of Applied Sciences General Information

BAS Degree General Description The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is a 180 credit baccalaureate degree, specifically designed to build on professional-technical associate degrees that provide workplace skills, such as Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degrees. BAS degrees include a professional core of courses from the AAS-T degree, general education credits and upper division courses. BAS degrees are a pathway to the baccalaureate level with upper-division coursework in an applied field that provide expanded career opportunities for graduates and meet the needs of employers in the community. BAS degrees incorporate more applied, hands-on learning than a traditional bachelor’s degree and allow a student to advance their skills and abilities without requiring the student to follow the traditional direct transfer degree pathway. Graduates with a BAS degree may apply to related master’s degree programs. See a program advisor for details.

Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds College’s four General Education Outcomes­ (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education Outcomes.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets page.

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 60 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Consult quarterly with a faculty and/or program manager;
  • Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Transferring to Another University or College

  • Admission application deadlines vary, students must meet the deadline for the university or college to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
  • Consultation with the appropriate department or an advisor at the intended transfer school is highly recommended.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement in the online academic catalog.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 180
CIP - 440702
Last Revision - 2024/02/09