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

The didactic program in dietetics (DPD) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (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 that is seeking a Bachelor's or a Master'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.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Nutrition and Dietetics: Your Future as a Health Care Professional Starts at TSU

Dietetics Degree Program

Recommended Mapping Sequence of Courses

Prerequisites for DPD Courses 

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Handbook is being revised. Please contact the Program Director for additional information.

Dr. Judith Anglin
Associate Professor
Director of Dietetics

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.