Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences and programs are scheduled to be phased out August 31, 2022.

The mission of the profession is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The department prepares students for careers in business, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, fashion merchandising, family and consumer sciences education, child care, elder care and family services. The major in human sciences has a strong liberal arts/general education foundation. The common body of knowledge that comprises human sciences is drawn from the conceptual areas of clothing, shelter, human development, relationships and resource management. Emphasis is placed upon the development of leadership, research, critical thinking and problem solving skills. The department is a member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance.

Undergraduate Programs Leading to the Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences degree a major in Human Science. Students selecting the major in Human Sciences can select a concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences Education leading to Teacher Certification, Fashion Merchandising or Human Development and Family Studies.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The curriculum prepares students to meet the requirements for certification as family and consumer sciences teachers as well as for employment with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and other education agencies. Demand for graduates in this major is high. Graduates also may be employed in business settings such as retail establishments, newspaper organizations and magazine publishing. Additional prescribed course work can be completed to support certification in early childhood education. The program requires knowledge of nutrition and foods; clothing, textiles and merchandising; human development and family studies; consumer economics and family resource management; housing and interiors; curriculum development; occupational programs; and classroom management. The Human Sciences Department is a member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance.

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising students are prepared for a variety of careers in retail management, fashion buying, visual merchandising, retail and wholesale sales, product development and merchandise coordination. Students are required to take specialized courses in retail buying, apparel construction, flat pattern, fashion illustration, apparel product development, promotional strategies and visual merchandising, textiles, historic costume, global issues, fashion entrepreneurship, residential analysis, and historic structures and interiors. Opportunities are provided for students to gain valuable hands-on experience through participation in field trips, interaction with industry representatives, class assignments designed to include community service, travel study and practicum. To enhance preparation for entering the fashion industry, students may elect to complete courses required for a minor in Business Administration or other related areas, such as Art.

Human Development and Family Studies

The need for quality child care and a growing elderly population have created an increasing demand for professionals educated in human development and family studies. The curriculum is flexible enough to plan a program that will prepare the student to work in a child care or elder care facility as a caregiver or administrator or in a child and family services agency as a counselor. The program provides a developmental approach to understanding human growth from prenatal development to old age. Study of the family as a system and as the basic unit of society undergirds the curriculum. Concepts covered include marital adjustment, sexual relationships, prenatal development and birth of children, parenting, child care and development, aging and the life cycle of the family. A practicum is required. The Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children provides opportunities for students to gain experience in working with preschool age children and their parents in a closely supervised setting.

Grade Policy

Students majoring or minoring in human sciences must make at least a C in every human sciences course taken toward their degree.

Department Faculty

Deyhim, Farzad Professor, Department of Biological and Health Sciences; B.S., California State University; M.S., California State University; Ph.D., Colorado State University; Ph.D. Oklahoma State University. 

Oblad, Timothy Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Sociology; B.S., Brigham Young University; M.S., Texas Tech University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. 

Rees, Kathleen L Professor, Department of Management, Marketing, and Information Systems; Regents Professor; B.S., Texas A&I University; M.S., Auburn University; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee. 


Van Buren, Janis Professor of Human Sciences, Department of Human Sciences; B.S., Iowa State University; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University.

Human Sciences (HSCI)

HSCI 1300  Introd to Human Science  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Overview of the human sciences profession and its interrelationships with the natural and social sciences and the arts, study of the mission and philosophical bases of the profession, emphasis on professional opportunities in the field. Open to all students; required of all human sciences majors.

HSCI 1330  Fundamentals of Fashion  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Introduction to fashion merchandising with emphasis on supply, manufacture, distribution and auxiliary components of the fashion industry, as well as fashion terminology and career opportunities.

HSCI 1350  Food Preparation and Meal Mgt  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Management of resources in selection, purchasing, preparation and serving of foods. Basic principles and fundamental knowledge of standard food preparation are included. Meals and special occasion menus which meet the dietary needs of family members are planned, prepared and served.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 2150  Introd Nutrition Laboratory  1 SCH  (0-2)  

A laboratory experience that focuses on assessment of nutritional status of individuals. Nutrient composition of food, computerized dietary analysis and survey of the dietetic practice. Corequisite: HSCI 2350.

HSCI 2320  Foundations of Child Devel  3 SCH  (3-2)  

Overview of the theories and enhancement of development of infants, toddlers, young children and adolescents in physical, mental, social and emotional areas within a family context; includes methods and techniques used in observing children. Observation and participation required.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 2321  Prenatal Inf and Toddler Devel  3 SCH  (2-2)  

In-depth study of the theories of child growth and development from conception through the first two years. Includes interactions with caregivers, peers and the environment. Observation and participation required.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 2322  Family and Community Health  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Personal, family and community health problems; community and governmental health agencies; principles of first aid and home care of the sick with special reference to the care of children and the aged.

HSCI 2323  Marriage and Family Relations  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Analysis of the family unit as a group of interacting members at each stage of the life cycle, cultural and social influences upon the marriage unit and individuals in the family, alternate life styles in modern society and how to deal with them in the community.

HSCI 2334  Social Responsibility Apparel  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Examination of social responsibility in the global textile and apparel industries.

HSCI 2335  Apparel Construction  3 SCH  (1-4)  

Basic sewing and construction skills; including understanding a variety of sewing techniques as well as following patterns.

HSCI 2350  Introductory Nutrition  3 SCH  (3)  

Basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on the nutrients and factors which affect their utilization in the human body. Prerequisite: 4 semester hours of Biology or Chemistry.

HSCI 2431  Textiles  4 SCH  (3-2)  

Overview of chemical and physical properties of fibers, yarns and fabrics as they influence the selection and performance of textile products. Prerequisite: credit or registration in CHEM 1405.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 3320  Devel of Preschool Child  3 SCH  (2-2)  

In-depth study of the theories of child growth and development as they relate to children from toddlerhood to preschool age. Observation and participation required. Prerequisites: HSCI 2320 or HSCI 2321or junior standing.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 3322  Parenthood  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Basic principles and skills for parent effectiveness, diverse parenting situations, parent-child interaction and communication. Methods, materials and techniques for teaching parenting. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HSCI 3330  Historic Costume  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Survey of historic modes of dress as they reflect the social, economic and cultural life of a people. Application of design principles to modern dress.

HSCI 3332  Quantitative Buying Methods  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Principles and application of basic mathematical calculations performed by buyers of fashion merchandise and other analytical skills related to the fashion and similar industries. Prerequisites: MATH 1314 or MATH 1324.

HSCI 3335  Computer-Aided Design Apparel  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Development and production of textile and apparel designs and patterns via selected computer software packages. Implications for use in the apparel industry. Prerequisite: HSCI 1330

HSCI 3336  Fashion Illustration  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Elements and principles of design in hand and computer rendered fashion illustrations using a variety of media. Prerequisite: ARTS 1311 or ARTS 1316 or permission of instructor.

HSCI 3340  Residential Analysis  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Evaluation and analysis of residential interior environments, including analysis of activities, major elements and materials. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of ARTS.

HSCI 3350  Nutrition Through Life Cycle  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An in-depth study of the normal growth, development and nutrition associated with pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging. Review of appropriate nutritional assessment methods. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HSCI 3352  Experimental Food Science  3 SCH  (2-3)  

Food preparation designed to consolidate previous food studies and to develop experimental attitudes and techniques. Emphasis is placed on basic scientific principles. Includes fundamentals of quality assurance and the various subjective and objective methods of evaluation. Prerequisites: CHEM 2421, HSCI 1350.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 3353  Medical Nutrition Therapy I  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Fundamentals of nutritional assessment techniques and management of diseases of infancy and childhood, diabetes, diseases of the heart, diseases of the upper and lower GI tract. Emphasis on physiology as related to disease and practical application of nutritional support. Includes case studies, practice problems, counseling methods and documentation. Prerequisite: Credit in HSCI2350/HSCI 2150 with a minimum grade of "C".

HSCI 3363  Med Nutrition Therapy II  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Advanced study of medical nutrition therapy. Course includes fundamentals of enteral and parenteral support and study of physiology as related to acute and chronic kidney disease, surgery, liver disease and acid/base balance. Prerequisites: Credit in HSCI 2350/HSCI 2150, HSCI 3353 with a minimum grade of "C".

HSCI 3370  Trends Issues Human Sci (WI)  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Historic issues and contemporary trends in human sciences; philosophical base of family and consumer sciences. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

HSCI 4300  Problems in Human Science  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Guided independent study in one of the program areas in human sciences. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing in human sciences, consent of the department chair. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit.

HSCI 4310  Occupational Fam and Consumer  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Analysis of occupational programs which are designed to meet needs of special populations; projects are designed for specialized laboratory settings and the workplace environment. Observations of occupational programs are included. Prerequisites: junior standing and completion of 9 semester hours of human sciences course work.

HSCI 4312  Mthds and Teach Strat in Fam  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Principles of teaching the various subject matter areas in family and consumer sciences, including food science and nutrition, to secondary students, out-of-school youth and adults. Emphasis is on program planning; development and evaluation; curricula and other teaching materials; department management, recordkeeping and reporting. Prerequisites: junior standing.

HSCI 4320  The Family in Later Life  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Family-oriented problem solving and its relation to major gerontological issues such as intergenerational struggles, independence, loneliness, alternative living arrangements; an examination of family kinship patterns in later life; relationships with spouse, adult children and siblings. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HSCI 4321  Family Resource Management  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Selected areas of interest in home management, consumer economics, housing and household equipment. Students are given the opportunity to solve special problems with families having economic, management, housing or household equipment problems. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HSCI 4322  Family and Consumer Economics  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Personal and family problems at various stages of the family life cycle in the use of time, money and energy. Factors affecting the family as an economic unit. Decision making applied to financial problems encountered throughout the family life cycle. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HSCI 4323  Adm of Prog for Dependent Care  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Principles and practices of administration and supervision in dependent care settings. Patterns of organization and environment planning, program development, staff relationships and development, personnel and business practices. Observation and participation required. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of human development and family studies courses.

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 4330  Promo Strats in Merchandising  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Overview of promotional activities as they support the merchandising function; emphasis on planning, creating and evaluating visual displays and other promotional materials. Prerequisite: ARTS 2313 or ITEN 1311.

HSCI 4331  Clothing in Society  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An exploration of the sociological, economic, psychological and cultural aspects of wearing apparel. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or SOCI 1301.

HSCI 4334  Global Issues in Textiles  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of the economic importance of the textile and apparel industry from a global perspective.

HSCI 4335  Flat Pattern  3 SCH  (1-4)  

Drafting of apparel patterns and incorporating construction techniques. Using apparel drafting tools and techniques to create original garments. Prerequisite: HSCI 2335.

HSCI 4336  Apparel Product Development  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Consumer behavior and merchandising, exploring the acceptance or rejection of apparel, with emphasis on the process by which fashion apparel is developed and distributed. Prerequisite: HSCI 3336.

HSCI 4351  Foods and Nutrition I  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of the influence of socioeconomic, cultural and psychological trends, issues and other impacts on food and nutrition behaviors of individuals and communities.

HSCI 4352  Foods and Nutrition II  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Global overview of agencies from community to international levels with emphasis on planning, marketing, implementing and evaluating nutrition programs. Prerequisite: Credit in HSCI 2350/HSCI 2150, HSCI 3353 with a minimum grade of "C".

HSCI 4360  Quantity Food Prepn & Mgt  3 SCH  (1-4)  

Meal planning, food purchasing and preparation of food in large quantities. Introduction to systems management and employer-employee relations. Prerequisites: Credit in HSCI 1350 with a minimum grade of "C".

Fee: $5.00

HSCI 4366  Adv Inst Foodservice Mgt  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Advanced studies in institutional foodservice administration including computer applications in foodservice management. Prerequisites: Credit in HSCI 4360 with a minimum grade of "C".

HSCI 4367  Advanced Nutrition I  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of nutrients and their relation to the chemistry and physiology of the human body, including metabolism of energy and macronutrients in chronic diseases. Analysis and interpretation of current nutrition research. Prerequisites: CHEM 1312, CHEM 1112, credit in HSCI 2350/HSCI 2150 with a minimum grade of "C", or permission of instructor.

HSCI 4368  Advanced Nutrition II  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of nutrients and their relation to the chemistry and physiology of the human body, including regulatory nutrients and micronutrients and homoestatic maintenance in chronic diseases. Analysis and interpretation of current nutrition research. Prerequisites: Credit in HSCI 4367 with a minimum grade of "C", or permission of instructor.

HSCI 4370  Sem: A Capstone Experience  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Seminar focusing on the integration of the Human Sciences specializations to meet the needs of individuals and families. Leadership; ethics; public policy at local, state, national and international levels; contemporary social issues that affect individuals and families; a capstone course where students work in teams representing various specializations to integrate concepts of problem solving. Prerequisite: senior standing.

HSCI 4601  Practicum in Human Sciences  3-6 SCH  (3-6)  

Supervised work experience in a setting appropriate to the student's specialization within human sciences. Prerequisites: senior standing and at least 24 semester hours in human sciences. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit.