B.S. 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.”

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 33
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

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 3332Methods 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
Foods and Meal Management
and Foods and Meal Management Lab
NTD 2239Nutrition3
Total Credits38

Recommended Electives

FCS 4471Advanced Consumer Economics3
FCS 4472Teaching Consumer Economics1-3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
NTD 3312
Quantity Foods
and Quantity Foods Laboratory
NTD 4439Sports Nutrition3
CTE 4444Career Guidance in 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.

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (w/o General Education)35
Upper Division Free Electives18
Free Electives30
Total Credits120

Major Academic Plan (MAP)