Family & Consumer SciencesCooper Complex Bld. A7000 Adventist BlvdHuntsville, AL 35896
Phone: (256) 726-7229Fax: (256) 726-7233
Dietetics (B.S.)Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.)Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)
Child DevelopmentFood and NutritionFamily and Consumer Sciences
PurposeIt is the purpose of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to provide professional programs in nutrition, human development and family studies, family and consumer sciences education, and general family and consumer sciences. The faculty requires that every student enrolled in each professional program acquire an understanding of the body of knowledge specifiedfor that program. The department provides a Christian perspective on all aspects of family and consumer sciences and utilizes knowledge and skills to strengthen family life in the home and society.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has been approved for the Didactic Program in Dietetics by the American Dietetics Association. Students planning to qualify for the Didactic Program in Dietetics must see the program director for a list of current classes required by the American Dietetic Association. The Teacher Education Program in Family and Consumer Sciences is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
All majors are required to become members of the student section of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences or the American Dietetic Association.
Application for AdmissionTo be admitted as a major in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, students must have completed at least 32 semester hours, including EN 112 Freshman Composition, and have an overall minimum GPA of 2.00 for family and consumer sciences and human development majors and 2.7 for dietetics major.
Exit ExaminationAll students are required to take an exit examination the second semester of their senior year. Evaluation of conceptual skills, techniques of projects, and laboratory performances will be included in the examination. All students must pass the examination with 70 percent proficiency before graduation for family and consumer sciences and human development majors and 75 percent proficiency for dietetics major.
Career OpportunitiesCareer choices for graduates from this department include: dietitians, fashion coordinators, fashion designers, family life specialists, hospital administrators, interior decorators, nutritionists, preschool directors, and teachers.