- Nutrition & Food Sciences
- Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising
The School of Human Ecology offers undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students for professional careers in the specialty areas.
The following undergraduate curricula are offered: nutrition and food sciences (dietetics, nutrition, health and society, and nutritional sciences/premedical concentrations); and textiles, apparel design, and merchandising (textile science, apparel design, and merchandising concentrations). Each curriculum provides the student with a concentrated professional sequence in an area of specialization, the necessary supporting courses in basic sciences and/or arts, and a broad general education.
All undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the Council for Professional Development of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition, specialized accreditation is offered by the American Dietetic Association.
Graduates are prepared to pursue professional careers in such areas as dietetics, medicine, public health, human services, cooperative extension service, business, education, research, retailing, apparel and textile industries, and international service. Human Ecology academic programs, research, and service focus on the family as a system and the interaction of families and individuals in their near and global environments.
Nutrition & Food Sciences
The Department of Food Science offers a major in Nutrition and Food Sciences with a concentration in Food Science and Technology (with or without Pre-Medical option.)
The undergraduate curriculum in Nutrition and Food Sciences consolidates the curricula in the areas of Nutritional Sciences and Food Science and Technology. Students in this curriculum take core courses that provide basic knowledge required for specialization in one of four areas of concentration: Dietetics; Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Medical; Nutrition, Health and Society; and Food Science and Technology (with or without Pre-Med option). Students who enter this major should give special attention to the mathematics and science courses they select and should consult with an advisor when registering for these courses. Students must be ready for the required courses when they enter the program.
Concentrations in Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Medical, and Nutrition, Health, and Society
The concentrations in Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Medical, and Nutrition, Health, and Society in the Nutrition and Food Sciences Curriculum prepare students for careers in the health professions specifically in dietetics, medicine, dentistry, or related fields. The Dietetics concentration is currently accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Students successfully completing this program will receive a verification statement that allows them to apply for an ACEND accredited dietetic internship. This internship is required before students are eligible to sit for the registry examination to become a registered dietitian (RD). Registered dietitians provide expertise in nutrition and food service management in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, care centers, the armed services, research laboratories, commercial and industrial establishments, and local, state and federal health programs. Students who successfully complete the knowledge requirements of the dietetics concentration, as outlined by ACEND, but do not enter and complete a dietetic internship are qualified to sit the examination to become a dietetic technician, registered (DTR). Information about both the RD and DTR programs are available through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Medical concentration provides students with a strong grounding in nutritional sciences while meeting the course work requirements for students planning to apply to medical, dental or graduate school. Since nutrition plays a role in many chronic and acute disease processes, understanding the role of nutrients in the body provides premedical students with a strong basis for building their medical careers. The concentration in Nutrition, Health and Society prepares students for a variety of careers in nutrition, including, but not limited to nutrition education, the food industry or scientific writing. Neither the Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Medical concentration nor the concentration in Nutrition, Health and Society prepares students to enter a dietetic internship or sit the examination to become a DTR or to obtain other professional credentials in dietetics.
Requirements for Graduation
Students in the Dietetics concentration of the Nutrition and Food Sciences curriculum must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required HUEC courses, as well as in BIOL 2160 and BIOL 2083 .
Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising
To prepare students for professional careers in the textile and apparel industries, which are interconnected and global in nature, this curriculum provides an integrated, multi-functional academic experience. Students focus on the design, development, and marketing of textile and apparel products and are encouraged to develop a broad based problem solving perspective through synthesis of concepts, course work, and work experiences. Students concentrate on a component of the textile/apparel industry complex by selecting textile science, apparel design, or merchandising as a program area. Graduates pursue careers with textile and apparel manufacturers, retailers, testing laboratories, government agencies, media firms, or they may open their own businesses.