2009–10 Undergraduate Catalog
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is a multidisciplinary field of study integrating and applying knowledge from research within the discipline, the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the arts. Using basic principles from these disciplines, family and consumer sciences offers solutions to problems faced by individuals, families, and communities. Students can major in the following:
The program provides a strong undergraduate background for those students wishing to attend graduate school. Practicum and internship experiences are available in related industries, public service, and government, and are an integral part of the curriculum.
Requirements for the Majors
A variety of degree programs are available in family and consumer sciences, each built around a common core of courses designated as the family and consumer science core curriculum. Of the total credits required for a family and consumer science major, 25 credits must be upper-division credits.
Admission to the food and nutrition major requires completion of the following courses: BIO 2129, BIO 2130, CHM 1211, CMH 1330, FCS 1050, and FCS 2365 or FCS 3340. A grade of C- or higher in each of these courses is required. An overall GPA of 2.8 or higher is required for the dietetics emphasis; an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for the other food and nutrition emphasizes.
Admission to the interior design specialization requires an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a GPA of 2.8 or higher in the following courses: FCS 1050, FCS 2702, and FCS 2204.
Admission to all other FCS majors and specializations requires completion of at least three FCS courses and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
The application for major status should be by the junior year. Faculty must approve all admissions. A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted tothe major.
Individual and Family Development Major
Family and Consumer Sciences Secondary Education Major
Students who complete required courses in the major also meet endorsement standards in secondary certification. Students who complete the required courses in the major for secondary certification also meet state standards for certification in FCS career and technical education. Students seeking teacher certification in family and consumer education at the secondary level must meet the requirements of the teacher education program. For complete FCS secondary education requirements, see the School of Education.
Food and Nutritional Sciences Major
The dietetics emphasis (DPD) in the food and nutritional sciences program, also known as the didactic program in dietetics, is approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, which you can contact at:
Students who complete the dietetics specialization are eligible to apply for a dietetic internship at another institution. Successful completion of the dietetic internship confers eligibility for the national registration exam for dietitians. If passed, the student becomes a registered dietitian (R.D.).
Post-Baccalaureate Students Seeking to Fulfill Didactic
Individuals interested in this option should contact the DPD Director early to discuss admission and program requirements. Course requirements for non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate students desiring to fulfill didactic program requirements are the same as those for the dietetics emphasis except that FCS 1050 and FCS 3240 are omitted.
Clothing and Textiles Major
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Specializations offered through the liaison program with FIT include accessories design; advertising and communication; advertising design; manufacturing management; fashion design; fashion buying and merchandising; jewelry design; textile/surface design; or textile development and marketing. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIT and SPU.
Interior Design Major
The B.A. degree is offered in interior design. The curriculum is designed to educate and train individuals for a variety of entry-level positions in interior design, including residential, commercial and hospitality design and in specialization areas, such as lighting.
This interdisciplinary program combines courses from art, business, and family and consumer sciences. The program features a student chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), a required internship (FCS 4940), AutoCAD courses, and a liaison program with FIDM (the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising).
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Students electing to participate in the FIDM liaison would apply in their junior year and attend during their senior year. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIDM and SPU.
Integrated Studies Major with a concentration in Health and Fitness
(For students seeking K-8 certification)
Students who are planning to obtain elementary school certification and are intrested in health and fitness must major in the integrated studies major with a concentration in health and fitness.
Requirements for the Minors
A minimum of 30 credits in family and consumer sciences, including 15 upper-division credits, are required for each of the three minors.