Name: Dr. Selina M. Ahmed
Interim Chair
Phone: 713.313.7636

degree programs

Two degree programs are offered by the Department of Human Services and Consumer Sciences at the undergraduate level:

The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Consumer Sciences with track options in:

  • Child and Family Development
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Food and Nutrition

Graduate Degree Program

At the graduate level, a Master of Science degree is offered in Human Services and Consumer Sciences with concentration in either of three areas:

  • Child Development
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Human Services and Consumer Sciences  Comprehensive

Students entering the Graduate Program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School.  In addition, HSCS graduate students may select one of two program options, Plan A or Plan B.

  • Plan A-Master of Science-Thirty (30) semester credits and an acceptable thesis.
  • Plan B-Master of Science-Thirty-six (36) semester credits and an acceptable research project or mini-thesis.

The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Dietetics Program

Accredited by the American Dietetic Association, the Dietetics program is designed for students desirous of becoming registered dietitians and/or nutritionists employed in health, community, business, research, private and educational agencies/facilities. Career options include, but are not limited to clinical, research, food production/management, pediatric, corporate wellness, health/wellness communication/journalist, oncology, and sports dietitians. 

Completion of the degree in Dietetics requires 120 hours in courses that include the academic foundations, pre-professional and professional courses in Dietetics and extensive involvement in clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics, community agencies and departmental food labs.

See link to the Dietetics Program Handbook for more detailed information on this program.

The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Child and Family Development

The area of Child and Family Development focuses on growth throughout the life span 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; case workers; 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.

For more detailed information, see the University Undergraduate Bulletin.

The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Option

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 this option must complete 120 hours for the non-certification track in Family and Consumer Sciences; 126 hours for the certification track in Family and Consumer Sciences; and/or 125 semester hours for the certification track in Human Development.

See the Undergraduate University Bulletin for more detailed information about this major.

The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: FOOD AND NUTRITION

Foods and Nutrition Program

The Foods and Nutrition program emphasis is designed for persons desirous of pursuing careers as food production managers, and supervisors; health/food inspectors; caterers; hotel and restaurant managers, hospitality hosts; and food service supervisors/managers in institutional and cafeteria settings.

Completion of the Food and Nutrition option in Human Services and Consumer Sciences requires 120 hours.  Students entering this area should have some background in chemistry and science.  Interested students will be involved in clinical experiences in hospital and community settings under the supervision of registered, licensed dietitians as well as classroom lecture courses and food labs.