BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS) IN
Human Environmental Sciences, Consumer Sciences, concentration in Family Financial Planning and Counseling
Become a Certified Financial Planner with a bachelor’s degree in HES Consumer Sciences, concentration in Family Financial Planning and Counseling.
Tuition Per Hour$375
Help Others Make Financial Decisions
If you have a desire to guide clients to reach their financial goals and counsel them with a focus on developing sound personal finance principles, the Family and Financial Planning and Counseling concentration offers you a great opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue your professional aspirations.
In addition to offering an enhanced perspective to train you in how to help others reduce their debt, build an emergency fund, develop a budget, and many other important skills, the coursework will also prepare you to sit for the CFP ® certification exam. By studying consumer sciences, you will develop a holistic approach to financial planning that focuses on improving individual and family quality of life through 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 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.
- Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
- Fees$10 undergraduate HES fee (per hour)
- RankingListed #1 in the South by the independent financial advisor's industry magazine, "Financial Planning"
- AccreditationBoard of Standards for Certified Financial Planners
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
- CSM 303 Intro to Consumer Economics
- CSM 381 Consumer Marketing Management or MKT 300 Marketing
- CSM 401 Consumer Protection
- CSM 405 Public Policy
- ST 260 Statistical Data Analysis or BER 345 Educational 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 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
- HD 262 Marriage and Family or TH 114 Intro to Theater
To apply for formal admission to any of the undergraduate degree programs offered through Bama By Distance, 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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