Undergraduate Major in Human Service and Consumer Sciences
Four concentrations are offered by the Department of Human Services and Consumer Sciences under the Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Consumer Sciences at the undergraduate level:
- Child and Family Development
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Food and Nutrition
The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Dietetics Concentration
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas Southern has Full Accreditation from The Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) until July 24, 2023. ACEND is located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.
Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply for admission into an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (dietetic internship - DI). After successfully completing a DI, students/interns are eligible to take the registration exam for dietitians/nutritionists to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN). The DPD at Texas Southern University (TSU) admits students into the program who are seeking a Bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate students who are interested in completing only the didactic courses (DPD) are also admitted. Registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, disease prevention, and management. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research, and private practice. RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas Southern University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
Program outcomes information is available upon request from the program director:
Dr. Ellis A. Morrow, DCN, MS, RD, LDAssistant Professor and Director of Dietetics
C.S. Lane 117 Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Houston, Texas 77004713-313-7647
- Program Mission, Goals and Objectives
- Nutrition and Dietetics: Your Future as a Health Care Professional Starts at TSU
- Prerequisites for DPD Courses
- Student Handbook: Information to prospective students to include application and admission requirements, tuition, policies, and others
- Program Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to the dietetics program must apply for admission to Texas Southern University under the appropriate classification:
Once admitted to Texas Southern University, admission to the Dietetics program for the 2016-2018 academic years requires a student to have a 3.0-grade point average; and the submission of a Declaration of Major form signed by the student, advisor, and Chair to the Registrar.
The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Child and Family Development
The area of Child and Family Development focuses on growth throughout the lifespan as well as family dynamics and the impact thereof on individual family members. This exciting program prepares individuals for entrepreneurial and other professional careers in agencies, institutions, and programs that focus on services for children, youth, adults, and families. Some career options include: family and community extension agents; caseworkers; parent educators; family-child educators; recreation workers/play therapists (with extended practicum hours in a certified program); civil servants in family service units of police departments; early childhood professionals in private, parochial, and public schools (with certification); and owners/directors of schools for young children.
Students pursuing the Child and Family Development option must complete 120 semester hours.
The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Family and Consumer Sciences
Courses in this holistic area of study focus on providing opportunities for the development of competence in family and consumer program development and leadership. In addition, students may opt to receive certification in Human Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. Career options include secondary Child Development Directorships or Family and Consumer Sciences teacher certification in cooperation with the College of Education; for the family and consumer sciences non-certification option…..extension and adult program development/directorships; consumer counseling; eldercare…service providers, directors, entrepreneurs; and customer service representatives.
Students pursuing Family and Consumer Sciences concentration must complete 120 semester hours
The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Food and Nutrition
Graduates of the Foods and Nutrition concentration will be pursuing careers as food service supervisors/managers in institutional and cafeteria settings; community nutritionists with federal, state, and county agencies; health/food inspectors; and owners of catering businesses. HSCS graduates with Bachelors in Food and Nutrition also will be able to pursue Masters in HSCS: Food and Nutrition concentration.
Completion of the Food and Nutrition concentration in Human Services and Consumer Sciences requires 120 hours.