Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciences

The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals for family life, work life, and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed in a diverse global society. Our unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. The program intends:

  1. To empower the Family and Consumer Sciences practitioner to make unique contributions to diverse and ever evolving educational, community, and business contexts.
  2. To produce Family and Consumer ­Sciences graduates who will be proficient in the delivery of their subject areas and in subject matter knowledge, as well as those research strategies, which can be used to evaluate curriculum effectiveness.

The Bachelor of Science degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to provide a strong generalist background in all the content areas included in FCS: Child Development, Family Relations, Clothing and Textiles, Nutrition and Foods, Housing/Interior Design, Consumer Economics, and Management. This degree offers a broad-based curriculum to prepare candidates for a variety of employment settings and non-paid work. FCS is a unique profession whose vision “empowers individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a ­diverse global ­society.”

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences

Required Courses

Required courses must be taken in the recommended sequence. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor as early as possible in the program.

Family and Consumer Sciences Coursework

FCS 1100Family and Consumer Sciences Professions1
FCS 2209Early Childhood Environments3
FCS 2229Textile Products3
FCS 3314Interior Design and Housing3
FCS 3332Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FCS 4429Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
FCS 4431Family Resource Management3
FCS 4435Relationships within Families3
FCS 4470Consumer Economics3
EDUC 2201Development and Individual Differences3
EDUC 2204Families Community Culture3
NTD 2205
2205L
Foods and Meal Management
and Foods and Meal Management Lab
4
NTD 2239Nutrition3
Total Credits38

Recommended Electives

FCS 4471Advanced Consumer Economics3
FCS 4472Teaching Consumer Economics1-3
FCS 4494Partnerships with Professionals3-6
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
NTD 3312
3312L
Quantity Foods
and Quantity Foods Laboratory
4
NTD 4439Sports Nutrition3
CTE 4444Career Guidance and Special Needs Career and Technical Education3

Minor Coursework

Majors in General Family and Consumer Sciences must have a minor outside the Family and Consumer Sciences program area. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor concerning selection of this minor. Once the minor is determined, candidates should be advised within the department of the minor emphasis.