Programs Overview

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Human Development and Family Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Textiles and Apparel are the undergraduate and graduate areas of study housed in the School of Human Ecology.

Department of Human Development and Family Sciences– Through methodical observation, interaction, and research, we impact the lives of individuals, from infancy and adolescence through adulthood to old age. Our scientific interest includes the development of individual functioning within romantic relationships, marriages, and families.

Department of Nutritional Sciences–Nutritional science is the study of processes by which living organisms take in food for the maintenance of life and growth. Nutritional science examines the functioning of organs and tissues and the production of energy. The ultimate goal of nutrition research is to improve the quality of life of individuals by minimizing morbidity and maximizing longevity.

Division of Textiles and Apparel-The Division of Textiles and Apparel includes a wide range of disciplines.  Academic and research programs are organized into three major streams:  Merchandising and Retail, Apparel Design and Conservation, and Fiber Science. Robust internships are in place to enhance the student experience and ensure strong career opportunities.  Unique programs provide hands-on experiences with consumer behavior, multichannel retail environments, merchandise strategy, cultural practices and customs, apparel design, computer-aided design, technical design, fashion show production, and event organization, fabric conservation, museum management and fiber and fabric testing.  Capstone retail merchandising and apparel design programs take students to high-profile venues.  Basic research is being conducted on how bio-based fibers and specialized fabrics, and 3D technology to address basic human needs.

Undergraduate Degrees

Human Development and Family Sciences–Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences, with options in

  • Option I: Early Childhood
  • Option II: Human Development
  • Option III: Families & Personal Relationships
  • Option IV: Families & Society
  • Option V: Human Development and Family Sciences Honors

Nutritional Sciences–Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, with options in

  • Option I: Didactic or Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Option II: Nutritional Sciences
  • Option III: Nutrition and Public Health
  • Option IV: Honors in Advanced Nutrition Studies
  • Option V: Nutrition Honors (Dean’s Scholars)
  • Option VI: International Nutrition

Textiles and Apparel–Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel, with options in

  • Option I: Apparel, Functional, and Technical Design
  • Option II: Merchandising and Consumer Sciences
  • Option III: Textile and Conservation and Museum Studies

Bachelor of Arts

  • The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Ecology is a broad-based degree with greater opportunity to explore universal topics in human development and family sciences, nutritional sciences, and textiles and apparel
  • The flexibility of the BA allows students to sample a variety of fields or to design unique combinations of courses
  • Pre-medical students are generally encouraged to pursue a BA plan.

Bachelor of Science and Arts

  • The Bachelor of Arts (BSA) degree is a new cross-disciplinary degree for the School of Human Ecology students; particularly those interested in combining a core science experience with course work in the fine arts, liberal arts, communications, or business.
  • The flexibility of the BSA allows students to sample a variety of fields.
  • BSA students must do a minor or certificate program to complete degree.
  • Students may pursue a BSA in Nutrition, Human Ecology or Human Development and Family Sciences

Graduate Degrees

Human Development and Family Sciences–MA, PhD

Nutritional Sciences–MA, PhD

Textiles and Apparel Technology–MSTAT