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Mary E. Gearing was the first faculty member appointed to the School of Domestic Ecology in 1912. Throughout the years the school has undergone many changes but has maintained the principle of being science based and human focused.  The School of Domestic Ecology eventually became the School of Home Economics.  Still later the School was changed to a department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Nutritional Sciences resided as a Division within it.  

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the PHD Program in Nutritional Sciences in 1988.
 
In 2008, the school was re-named the School of Human Ecology, and the Department of Nutritional Sciences was established.