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University Catalog|Office of the Registrar

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

251 Agriculture Building
Phone: (307) 766-4145, Fax: (307) 766-5686
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/fcs/

Department Head: Bruce A. Cameron

Professors

DONNA M. BROWN, B.Sc. University of New South Wales, Australia 1983; Ph.D. 1987; Professor of Textiles and Merchandising 2004, 1993, 1987.
MICHAEL LIEBMAN, B.S. University of New Hampshire 1974; M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1977; Ph.D. 1980; Professor of Human Nutrition and Food 1994, 1985.
VIRGINIA B. VINCENTI, B.S. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 1968; M.S. The Pennsylvania State University 1975; Ph.D. 1981; Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 1992.
RANDOLPH R. WEIGEL, B.S. Colorado State University 1971; M.S. Kansas State University 1973; Ph.D. Iowa State University 1985; Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences 2004, 1993, 1986.
KAREN WILLIAMS, B.A. University of Illinois 1972; B.S. University of Wyoming 1978; M.A. Pacific Oaks College 1987; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1993; Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 2006, 1995.

Associate Professors

K. SHANE BROUGHTON, B.S. Colorado State University 1981; M.S. Washington State University 1985; Ph.D. 1988; Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Food 1996, 1990.
BRUCE A. CAMERON, B.Sc. University of New South Wales, Australia 1983; Ph.D. 1986; Associate Professor of Textiles and Merchandising 1997, 1986.
D. ENETTE LARSON-MEYER, B.S. University of Wyoming 1987; M.S. MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston 1990; Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham 1998; Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and Food/Dietetics 2011, 2005.
KARI MORGAN, B.S. University of Wyoming 1991; M.S. University of Maryland 1993; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1998; Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 2011, 2005.
RHODA SCHANTZ, B.S. North Dakota State University 1976; M.S. 1978; Ph.D. Kansas State University 1988; Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Food/Dietetics 1995, 1990.

Assistant Professor

ERIN IRICK, B.S. Kansas State University 2000; M.S. 2006; Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 2013; Assistant Professor of Textiles, Design and Merchandising 2013.
CHRISTINE WADE,
B.S. Willamette University 2001; M.S. University of Wyoming 2005; Ph.D. 2008; Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 2008.

Academic Professionals

DIANNE BARDEN, B.S. University of Wisconsin - Stout 1980; M.A. Grand Canyon University 2004; Assistant Lecturer - Coordinator Distance Degree Programs 2006.
MARK BITTNER, B.S. 1989; M.S. University of Wyoming 1993; Senior Lecturer, Human Development and Family Sciences 2012, 2008, 1991.
KRISTIN McTIGUE, B.A. Northwestern University; M.S. New York University 2009; Assistant Lecturer, Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietics 2014.
TREVA SPROUT AHRENHOLTZ, B.S. 1993, 1997 University of Wyoming; M.S. 1995; Associate Lecturer, Textiles and Merchandising 2013, 2005.

Professor Emeritus

Saul Feinman, Judith A. Powell

Family and Consumer Sciences

Our mission is to enhance the physical, social, and economic well-being of individuals, families, and communities, emphasizing healthy and sustainable living across the lifespan. We fulfill our mission through instruction, research, scholarship, outreach, and extension efforts that challenge, motivate, and inspire. Family and Consumer Sciences integrates the fundamental components of human life—food, shelter, clothing, human relationships, and family--with larger societal systems. Through programs in textiles, merchandising and design; food and nutrition; and human development and family sciences, our department prepares learners to meet the opportunities and challenges of today’s complex world. The uniqueness of this discipline is its holistic approach to understanding critical problems of individuals and families, including consumer problems. This broad approach, combined with attention to professional preparation, enables graduates to enter a variety of careers ranging from dietetics to food product development, sports nutrition to human development, or family sciences to positions in apparel design, interiors and green design, merchandising and other consumer industries. Professional preparation is offered in five options as well as four minors that can enhance degrees in other majors and increase student employability. Integration of knowledge from root disciplines and incorporation of core concepts are the basis for all family and consumer sciences courses.

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences degree are required to complete: a) University Studies requirements; b) a departmental core curriculum including a senior capstone course; and c) courses in one of the following individual options: dietetics, human nutrition and food, human development and family sciences, professional child development, or textiles and merchandising. Minors in apparel design, human development and family sciences, human nutrition, and interior design are also available.

Grade Requirements

Students are required to pass all courses within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences with a grade of C or better.

Security Screening

All students applying for admission to the Professional Child Development option are required to complete a security screening before they will be allowed entry into the program. Students in the Human Development and Family Sciences option must complete their security screening upon declaration of their major. In both cases, the student is responsible for the cost of this screening. Failure to satisfactorily complete this requirement will result in the student being dropped from or denied entry to the program.

Family and Consumer Sciences Core Requirements

A core curriculum is required of all family and consumer sciences majors. This requirement is based on a common body of knowledge in family and consumer sciences which contains concepts relevant to all program areas (options). All students must take FCSC 1010 within their first year. FCSC 1010 is the key introductory course in family and consumer sciences. Failure to successfully complete this course within the required time frame can result in a student being dropped from the program.

The family and consumer sciences core consists of the following courses:

Courses
FCSC 1010 Perspectives in FCSC
FCSC 4010 Professional Perspectives in FCSC
Choose one of the following:
FCSC 1140 Nutrition or
FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition or
FCSC 1150 Scientific Study of Food
Choose one of the following:
FCSC 1180 Applied Design or
FCSC 2170 Clothing in Modern Society or
FCSC 2180 Housing or
FCSC 3171 Introductory Textile Science or
FCSC 4181 Global Textiles
Choose one of the following:
FCSC 2110 Fund of Aging/Human Development or
FCSC 2121 Child Development or
FCSC 2131 Family Relations or
FCSC 2133 Intimate Relationships or
FCSC 3110 Personal Finance or
FCSC 3220 Multicultural Influences on Children and Families

FCSC Core Total: 12-14

Family and Consumer Sciences Options

Students must obtain and follow a check sheet for their chosen program area. Standards established by several professional organizations require completion of specific courses in addition to the family and consumer sciences core and USP requirements. All students are assigned a faculty advisor. Students must work closely with their advisor to be sure all requirements are met.

Dietetics

Students who complete the dietetics option meet academic requirements as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition. Completion of this curriculum allows students to pursue a post-graduate competitive internship to become eligible to take the examination for Registered Dietitians. The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) is currently accredited.

Entrance into the DPND is made only through an application process. Each prospective DPND student will initially enter the Human Nutrition and Food option. Students will be eligible to apply for the DPND only after completing the required list of courses (59 to 60 credit hours outlined below) and meeting the established minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and GPAs in each category. The application must include a statement of career goals. Entrance decisions will be made after completion of courses specified below. The DPND is structured to have four remaining semesters after acceptance with the upper division courses designed as professional dietetics courses.

Application to DPND can be made after completion of the following courses and attaining an overall GPA of 3.0:

Courses Hours
Science Courses (with a minimum GPA of 3.0)
CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1030 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 2300 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 4
LIFE 1010 General Biology I 4
MOLB 2021 General Microbiology 4
Social Science Courses (with a minimum GPA of 2.85)
COJO 1010 Public Speaking 3
ECON 1010 Macroeconomics 3
PSYC 1000 General Psychology 3
SOC 1000 Sociological Principles 3
STAT 2050 Fund of Statistics 4
FCSC Department
FCSC 1010 Perspectives in FCSC 2
FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition 3
FCSC 1150 Scientific Study of Food 3
At least one FCSC Core Elective 3-4
USP Courses (Not already listed in the above categories)
G or D or CA or CH or V
3
QA (MATH 1400 College Algebra) 3
WA (first USP Writing course) 3
WB (second USP Writing course) 3
Total credits needed before applying 59-60

After admission into the DPND, students must complete the following courses and maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0.

**Indicates course with prerequisites 

ENGL 4010 Technical Writing in the Professions**

3

FCSC 3140 Maternal, Infant and Adolescent Nutrition**

3

FCSC 3147 Community Nutrition**

3

FCSC 3150 Intermediate Foods**

2

FCSC 3152 Food Systems Production**

3

FCSC 4142 Nutrition and the Elderly**

1

FCSC 4145 Advanced Nutrition**

4

FCSC 4146 Therapeutic Nutrition**

4

FCSC 4147 Nutrition and Weight Control**

3
FCSC 4150 Experimental Foods** 3

FCSC 4246 Therapeutic Nutrition Lab**

1

FCSC 4346 Clinical Practicum in Dietetics**

1

MGT 3210 Management and Organization**

3

MOLB 3610 Principles of Biochemistry**

4

MOLB 4100 Clinical Biochemistry**

3
ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy 3
ZOO 2041 Human Anatomy Lab 1

ZOO 3115 Human Systems Physiology**

4

*Additional electives and USP requirements apply.
**Indicates course with prerequisites.

Human Nutrition and Food

Students who graduate from the human nutrition and food option will be prepared to pursue careers in human nutrition, the food industry, or to pursue graduate degrees. 

Required Courses

CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I**

4

CHEM 1030 General Chemistry II**

4

CHEM 2300 Intro Organic Chemistry**

4

COJO 1010 Public Speaking

3

ECON 1010 Principles of Macroeconomics

3

FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition

3

FCSC 1150 Scientific Study of Food

3

FCSC 3140 Maternal, Infant and Adolescent Nutrition**

3

FCSC 4142 Nutrition and the Elderly**

1

FCSC 4145 Adv. Nutrition**

4
FCSC 4147 Nutrition and Weight Control 4

FCSC 4150 Experimental Foods**

3

LIFE 1010 General Biology

4

MATH 1400 College Algebra**

3
MOLB 2021 General Microbiology 4

PSYC 1000 General Psychology

4

SOC 1000 Sociological Principles

3
STAT 2050 Fundamentals of Statistics 4
ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy** 3
ZOO 2041 Human Anatomy Lab** 1
ZOO 3115 Human Systems Physiology** 4
HNF Elective*** 2-3

Restricted Electives

24

*Additional electives and USP requirements apply.
**Indicates course with prerequisites.
***Choose one: FCSC 3145 Sports Nutrition and Metabolism, FCSC 3147 Community Nutrition, FCSC 3150 Intermediate Foods, or FCSC 3152 Food Systems Production

Premedicine Career Track in Human Nutrition and Food

Students who wish to pursue the pre-medicine career track will obtain the necessary coursework to apply to medical or other appropriate professional schools. This track requires that specific substitutions and additions must be made to the general human nutrition and food curriculum (see below). Additional courses may be necessary as dictated by specific medical schools. See an adviser for these specific requirements.

CHEM 1020 Gen Chemistry I** 4
CHEM 1030 Gen Chemistry II** 4
CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry I** 4
CHEM 2440 Organic Chemistry II** 4
COJO 1010 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 4010 Technical Writing Prof.** 3
FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition 3
FCSC 1150 Scientific Study Food 3
FCSC 3140 Adolescent Nutr** 3
FCSC 3145 Sports Nutrition** 3
FCSC 4142 Nutrition & Elderly** 1
FCSC 4145 Advanced Nutrition** 4
FCSC 4150 Experimental Foods** 3
LIFE 1010 General Biology 4
LIFE 2022 Animal Biology** 4
MATH 1450 Algebra & Trig.** 5
MATH 2200 Calculus I** 4
MOLB 2021 General Microbiology** 4
PHYS 1110 General Physics** 4
PHYS 1120 General Physics II** 4
PSYC 1000 General Psychology 3
SOC 1000 Sociological Principles 3
ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy** 3
ZOO 2041 Human Anatomy Laboratory** 1
ZOO 3115 Human Systems Physiology** 4

*Additional electives and USP requirements apply.
**Indicates course with prerequisites.

Students should carefully research professional school admission requirements. Many professional schools require additional coursework, especially in the humanities and social sciences.

Professional Child Development

The professional child development option is offered by distance delivery only but has the same quality and requirements as on-campus programs. All students are assigned an advisor who works closely with them throughout their program. Completion of this degree prepares students for teaching and administrative positions in early childhood development and care; work in resource and referral agencies; Early Head Start home visitor positions; and child advocacy. It also provides a foundation for simultaneous completion of a birth-to-five teaching endorsement, for those students who apply, or post-graduate completion of a teaching certificate in early childhood special education. The distance delivery of this program allows students who have existing A.A. or A.S. degrees in child development, early childhood education, or a closely related field to complete their bachelor's degree. Place bound students, many of whom currently work in early childhood programs, have the opportunity to earn a degree from their own hometown. Many of the courses also satisfy requirements of the Early Childhood Program Director's Certificate.

Entry into this program is by application only. Students must apply for admission to UW first. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to UW Admissions. Applicants must also satisfactorily complete a mandatory security screen (background check). Once a student has applied and their transcripts have been received, their application will be reviewed. Transcripts will not be analyzed prior to application.  In addition to an existing associate's degree, applicants must have successfully completed the following courses prior to entry.

Required Courses

Required Courses Before Program Entry:

COJO 1010 Public Speaking

3

SOC  1000 Sociological Principles

3

PSYC 1000 General Psychology

3

EDEC  1020 Intro to Early Childhood Education

3

USP QA Course

3-4

USP WA Course

3

USP SP, or SB, or SE

3-4

Required Courses After Program Entry:

 

FCSC 1010 Perspectives in Family and Consumer Sciences

2

FCSC 4010 Professional Perspectives in FCSC

2

FCSC 1140 Nutrition or

2

FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition or

3

FCSC 1150 Scientific Study of Food

3

FCSC 1180 Applied Design or

 

FCSC 2170 Clothing in Modern Society or

 

FCSC 2180 Housing or

 

FCSC 3171 Intro Textile Science or

 

FCSC 4181 Global Textiles

3

FCSC 2110 Fundamentals of Aging and Human Development

3

FCSC 2121 Child Development**

4

FCSC 2131 Family Relations**

3

FCSC 2133 Intimate Relationships**

3

FCSC 3110 Personal Finance** or

3

FCSC 4112 Family Decision Making and Resource Management**

3

FCSC 3119 Parent Child Relationships**

3

FCSC 3122 Adolescence** or

 

PSYC 4300 The Adolescent**

3

FCSC 3220 Multicultural Influences on Children and Families**

3

FCSC 4124 Families of Young Children with Special Needs**

3

FCSC 4127 Directing Preschool and Daycare Programs**

3

FCSC 4130 Internship in Child Development** or

3

FCSC 4131 Administrative Internship in Child Development**

6-8

FCSC 4138 Family Stress and Coping 3

EDEC 3000 Observing Young Children**

3

EDEC 3220 School Programs for Young Children**

3

EDEC 4320 Oral and Written Language Acquisition**

3

PSYC 4310 Developmental Psychopathology**

3

**Indicates course with prerequisites.

Additional electives and USP requirements apply. Students should work closely with their adviser on proper course sequencing and prerequisites.

Human Development and Family Sciences

This option provides a strong foundation in the areas of human development and family sciences while allowing personalized selection of electives and internship experiences that support specific student interests. The program prepares students to work in a variety of settings, serving individuals and families across the lifespan or to pursue graduate level education. Upon declaring this program option, students must satisfactorily complete a mandatory security screen (background check).

Required Courses

COJO 1030 InterpersonalCommunication 3
SOC 1000 Sociological Principles 3
PSYC 1000 General Psychology 3
FCSC 2110 Fundamentals of Aging & Human Development 3
FCSC 2121 Child Development** 4
FCSC 2131 Family Relations** 3
FCSC 2133 Intimate Relationships** 3
FCSC 3110 Personal Finance** 3
FCSC 3119 Parent Child Relationships** 3
FCSC 3122 Adolescence** or
PSYC 4300 The Adolescent** 3
FCSC 3220 Multicultural Influences on Children and Families** 3
FCSC 4112 Family Decision Making and Resource Management** 3
FCSC 4117 Understanding Community Leadership** 3
FCSC 4118 Family Policy** 3
FCSC 4125 Professional Practices in Human Development & Family Sciences** 3
FCSC 4138 Family Stress and Coping** 3
ENGL 4075 Writing for Non-Profits** or
ENGL 4010 Technical Writing in the Professions** 3
FCSC 4130 Internship in Child Development** or
FCSC 4131 Administrative Internship in Child Development** or
FCSC 4132 Internship in Human Development and Family Sciences** or
AGRI 4520 Field Practicum in Extension** 6-8

USP requirements also apply. Additional courses will be selected by the student in consultation with their advisor. Courses will be selected to allow the student to pursue specific interests in areas of study. Students may choose to pursue a minor outside or design their own area of concentration in consultation with his/her advisor.

Textiles and Merchandising

The objective of the textiles and merchandising option is to prepare professionals for careers in textiles, apparel, design, merchandising, and home-based small business ownership. Unlike most urban-oriented fashion merchandising or interior design curricula, this option emphasizes preparation for management or ownership of small apparel stores and other home-related businesses in Wyoming and rural areas of the west.

**Indicates courses with prerequisites.

Required Courses

FCSC 1180 Applied Design

3

FCSC 2170 Clothing in Modern Society**

3

FCSC 2180 Housing

3

FCSC 2188 Interior Design I**

3
FCSC 3110 Personal Finance** 3

FCSC 3170 Fabric Construction Techniques

4

FCSC 3171 Introductory Textile Science**

3

FCSC 3172 Introductory Textile Science Lab

1

FCSC 3173 Visual Merchandising and Promotion

3

FCSC 3184 Foundations of Merchandising I

3

FCSC 4113 Consumer Issues or

3

FCSC 4171 Advanced Textiles**

3

FCSC 4174 Foundations of Merchandising II**

3

FCSC 4175 Textile Testing and Product Analysis**

3

FCSC 4176 Historic Clothing

3

FCSC 4181 Global Textile Marketplace**

3

FCSC 4182 Textile Industry and the Environment**

3


Required Supporting Courses

CHEM 1000 Intro. Chemistry or

CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I

4

PSYC 1000 General Psychology

3

COSC 1200 Computer Info. Systems

3
ECON 1010 Prin. of Macroeconomics or

AGEC 1010 Prin. of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 1020 Prin. of Microeconomics or

AGEC 1020 Prin. of Microeconomics

3

SOC 1000 Sociological Principles

3

MKT 3210 Intro to Marketing**

3

MGT 3210 Management and Organization

3


**Additional electives and USP requirements apply.

Family and Consumer Sciences Minors: Apparel Design

A minor in apparel design is sponsored jointly by the departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and Art.  It is designed to enable students with career interests in this field to gain experience in the competency areas expected of apparel designers.  This minor blends functional, artistic, and fashion considerations in the design of body coverings. Students interested in this minor should consult the sponsoring departments to receive an adviser for the minor.

**Indicates courses with prerequisites.

Required Courses

FCSC 2175 Fashion Illustration**

3

FCSC 3170 Fabric Construction Techniques**

4

FCSC 3171 Intro Textile Science**

3

FCSC 3174 Flat Patter Design**

3
FCSC 3175 Apparel Design Through Draping** 3

FCSC 4178/5178 Fiber Arts**

4

One of the following:

FCSC 1180 Applied Design

3

ART 1120 Foundation: Three Dimension**

3

One of the following:

FCSC 4171 Advanced Textiles**

3

ART 1130 Foundation: Color Theory**

3

One of the following:

FCSC 4176/5176 Historic Clothing**

3

ART 2020 Art History II**

3


Human Development and Family Sciences

A minor in human development and family sciences provides students with a foundation of basic principles and knowledge. The coursework can enrich and complement a student's primary area of study. Students must complete 22 credit hours outlined below:

**Indicates courses with prerequisites.

Required Courses

FCSC 2121 Child Development** 4
FCSC 2131 Family Relationships** 3
FCSC 2133 Intimate Relationships** 3
Elective Courses: Choose 12 credit hours. (9 credit hours must be 3000-level or above.)
FCSC 2110 Fundamentals of Aging & Human Development** 3
FCSC 3110 Personal Finance** 3
FCSC 3119 Parent Child Relationships** 3
FCSC 3122 Adolescence** 3
FCSC 3220 Multicultural Influences on Children & Families** 3
FCSC 4104 Field Studies in Family & Consumer Sciences** 3
FCSC 4112 Family Decision Making & Resource Management** 3
FCSC 4113 Consumer Issues** 3
FCSC 4117 Understanding Community Leadership** 3
FCSC 4124 Families of Young Children with Special Needs** 3
FCSC 4127 Directing Preschool and Daycare Programs** 3
FCSC 4118 Family Policy** 3
FCSC 4138 Family Stress and Coping** 3

Human Nutrition 

A minor in human nutrition strengthens degrees in majors such as kinesiology and health, food science, nursing, and animal science. Students who minor in human nutrition learn how food choices can influence their health and well-being. The course work provides the foundation for making positive life-style changes.

**Indicates courses with prerequisites.

Required Courses

FCSC  1140  Nutrition or 2
FCSC  1141  Principles of Nutrition 3

Total

2-3
Select 15-16 additional credit hours from the following:

Nutrition Group

FCSC 3140 Maternal, Infant and Adolescent Nutrition** 3
FCSC 3145 Sports Nutrition and Metabolism** 3
FCSC 3147 Community Nutrition** 3
FCSC 4142 Nutrition & the Elderly** 1
FCSC 4145 Adv. Nutrition** 4
FCSC 4146 Therapeutic Nutrition** 4
FCSC 4147 Nutrition & Weight Control** 4
Food Group
FCSC 1150 Scientific Study of Food 3
FCSC 3150 Intermediate Foods** 2
FCSC 3152 Food Systems Prod.** 3
FCSC 4150 Experimental Foods** 3
Independent Study
FCSC 4106/5102 Special Problems* 3
*Maximum of 3 hours

Total

18

Interior Design

A minor in interior design is sponsored jointly by the Departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and Civil and Architectural Engineering. It is designed to enable students with career interests in this field to gain experience in the competency areas expected of interior designers. Students who hope to use this minor to prepare for professional certification examination following graduation should consult the sponsoring departments to receive an adviser for the minor.

**Indicates courses with prerequisites.

Required Courses

FCSC  2188 Interior Design I** 3
ARE 2200 Building Materials & Construction Methods 3
FCSC 4188 Interior Design II** 3
FCSC 3171 Intro Textile Science** 3
FCSC 3172 Intro Textile Science Lab 1
ARE 2100 Architectural Graphics** 3
ACCT 1010 Prin. of Accounting I** or
3
MGT 4500 Employee to Entrepreneur 3
Plus one of the following:
FCSC 1180 Applied Design 3
ART 1110 Foundation: Two Dimensional** 3
ART 1120 Foundation: Three Dimensional** 3
ARE 3600 Architectural Design I** 3
Plus one of the following:
ARE 3030 Hist. of Architecture I** 3
ART 2020 Art History II** 3
Total 25

Certification 

Early Childhood Program Director's Certificate

The Early Childhood Program Director's Certificate is available to early childhood professionals in the state as well as to students. The certificate program is designed to:

  • fit Wyoming's Professional Career Development Competency Wheel and the Professional Development Career Lattice,
  • fit the National Association for the Education of Young Children's guidelines for the Preparation of Early Childhood Professionals,
  • complement the definition of Quality Child Care developed by the Wyoming Governor's Council on Early Childhood Development, and
  • allow a variety of paths to certification.

Not only do these courses satisfy certification requirements for director of early childhood programs for many states but they also meet many of the requirements of a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition, they also provide professional development for home providers and daycare professionals.

Those who would benefit from these courses include: Head Start teachers and directors; home providers; Department of Family Services, Adoption, and Social Service workers; public health nurses; school nurses; directors of school-age child care programs; preschool program teachers, and public school teachers.

Distance Degrees and Certifications

Graduate Study

The department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a program of study leading to the master of science degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in human development and family sciences; human nutrition and food; or textiles and merchandising. The department also participates in an interdisciplinary degree in food science and human nutrition. An early childhood director's certificate is also available. 

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Plan A (thesis)

Completion of minimum of 30 hours of course credit to include: 14 hours from FCSC (includes one credit of graduate seminar annually), 6 hours from supporting courses, 10 hours of research (includes four thesis hours).

Completion of research project that adheres to a topic and format previously agreed up on by the student's graduate committee and approved by the department head.

Students may be required to take more than the minimum of 30 hours, either because they have to satisfy prerequisites for some courses, or because a student's committee determines that more than 30 hours will be needed for the student to reach his/her professional objective.

No more than nine hours of 4000-level courses will be allowed.

Plan B (non-thesis)

Completion of minimum of 30 hours of course credit to include: 14 hours from FCSC (includes one credit of graduate seminar annually),6 hours from supporting courses, 10 hours of research.

Completion of research project that adheres to a topic and format previously agreed upon by the student's graduate committee and approved by the department head.

Students may be required to take more than the minimum of 30 hours, either because they have to satisfy prerequisites for some courses, or because a student's committee determines that more than 30 hours will be needed for the student to reach his/her professional objective.

No more than nine hours of 4000-level courses will be allowed.

Food Science and Human Nutrition Interdisciplinary Degree

Family and consumer sciences faculty participate in an interdisciplinary program that offers a master of science degree in food science and human nutrition. Please see Food Science and Human Nutrition in this Bulletin for more information.

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC) Courses 

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