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Human Sciences

The concentration in Human Sciences offers the educational background needed for positions in a variety of human and community-service positions, including positions in extensive service, business, social services, and community agencies. The concentration provides an overall discipline-based knowledge in all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. 

122 Fundamentals of Food Preparation and Meal Management (3). Lecture and laboratory experiences. An introduction to the study of food including selection, principles of preparation, evaluation of food products, survey of the market place, and management of resources in the preparation and serving of food.

131 Clothing Construction (3). Personal appearance, selection, and care of clothing and textiles. Fundamentals of clothing construction, pattern selection, and fit. Application of fundamentals through garment construction. 

200 Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences (2). The philosophical base of family and consumer sciences and issues affecting the profession.

215 Introductory Nutrition (3). Introduction to the principles of nutrition including nutrient requirements for individuals of all ages.


322 Normal Nutrition (3). Prerequisite: Four hours of chemistry or biological science. Application of fundamentals of human nutrition including various nutrients and requirements for different individuals and groups.

326 Food Safety and Sanitation (3). Prerequisite: Four hours of Natural Sciences and FCS 122. An introduction to food-borne illnesses, safe food preparation, and service of food, equipment operation and maintenance, menu planning, and recipe standardization.

327 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3). Prerequisite: FCS 215 or 322. How age, growth, and normal development influence the nutritional requirements for individuals at each stage of the life cycle.

331 Fashion Fundamentals and Merchandising (3). Organization and structure of the fashion industry with emphasis on retailing, sources of information, and fashion trends.

332. Social Cultural Aspect of Apparel (3). Overview of social, psychological, and cultural aspects of apparel.

335 Visual Merchandising (3). Design principles applied to various display needs. Investigation and practical experience in planning, executing, and evaluation of 2-D and 3-D displays for commercial, educational, and other needs.

338 Community Nutrition (3). Prerequisite: FCS 215 or 322. Application of community nutrition strategies to health care problems, and exploration of approaches useful in the design and evaluation of these programs.

339 Professional Communications in FCS (2). The fundamentals of communication skills essential for professions related to the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. Emphasis on materials and methods necessary for satisfactory communication.

350 Lifespan Human Development (3). Overview of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development from conception to death. Practical application of information to life stages and outside observations will be included.

352 Child Growth and Development (2). Development and guidance of young children from infancy through middle childhood.

353 Child Growth and Development Laboratory (1). Taken concurrently with FCS 352 lecture; two hours per week. Methods of guidance of young children ages three and four.

355 Family Life Education (3). A study of family relations and the skills needed to function within a family setting. Emphasis on interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and parenting.

371 Management of Family Resources (3). Focuses on the practical application of management principles for use of resources to maximize individual and family quality of life.

458 Research and Statistical Methods in FCS (3). Prerequisite: Junior Status. Methods and basic skills for conducting, analyzing, and interpreting research.

459 Family Interaction (3). Prerequisite: Junior Status. Study of various theories of family interaction, with an emphasis on understanding the family as a system.

471 Family Housing and Interiors (3). Prerequisite: Junior Status. An overview of present-day family housing needs including location, space needs, house construction and selection, alternative housing, and home furnishings. 

464 Practicum (3). The practicum must be taken the last semester of the student’s senior year. Prerequisite: Completion of all content coursework. Field observations and experiences in agencies or organizations that provide services in a Human Sciences field and must be an approved site. 

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