Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Chair and Professor: M. Harlan (EdD), 450-5950
Associate Professor: M. Shock (PhD)
Assistant Professors: P. Bennett (PhD), N. Roofe (PhD), R. Ryburn (PhD)
Clinical Instructors: A. Bryan (PharmD), K. Poole (MS), R. Schell (MS), J. Whitehead (MS)

[1] Purposes

The family and consumer sciences programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels are designed to prepare professionals for employment in broad career options. Graduates are employed in business, education, healthcare facilities, industry, government, community agencies, and other organizations.

The focus of family and consumer sciences is on the individual, the family, and the interaction between families and their changing social and physical environments. The curriculum provides professional preparation built upon an interdisciplinary knowledge base drawn from research in family and consumer sciences; the arts; and the biological, physical, and social sciences.

The Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences has three options. The student may select a specialization in interior design, dietetics, or general family and consumer sciences. Licensure for teaching family and consumer sciences in secondary schools is earned with the BSE degree.

The Master of Science degree in family and consumer sciences has three specialization tracks including nutrition and foods; clothing, textiles, and fashion; and family and consumer sciences. The graduate student may select the thesis or non-thesis option. The undergraduate dietetic program and the graduate dietetic internship program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dietetic Association.

[2] The Honors Program in Family and Consumer Sciences

Junior and senior students majoring in family and consumer sciences who demonstrate exceptional interest and ability may be invited to enter the honors program. This program is designed to introduce the student to research methods in one of the specialization areas of family and consumer sciences. In addition to the planned curriculum, the student will enroll in FACS 4301 Research in Family and Consumer Sciences and will conduct an investigation of a topic approved by the instructor. The resulting research paper will be evaluated by at least three members of the FACS faculty.

[3] Baccalaureate Degree Programs

[3.1] Bachelor of Science

The degree of Bachelor of Science, with a major in family and consumer sciences, nutrition or interior design, requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) degree requirements; (3) family and consumer sciences requirements; and (4) supporting requirements. No minor is required.

Family and Consumer Sciences or Nutrition Core courses are used to satisfy the lower- division UCA Core requirements in Responsible Living.  Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition, and Interior Design courses are used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Critical Inquiry, Communication, Diversity, and Responsible Living.  Students with a degree in Nutrition will take NUTR 4335, Nutrition Senior Seminar, as the required UCA Core Capstone.  Students with a General Family and Consumer Sciences degree will take FACS 4130, Workshop, as the required UCA Core Capstone.  Students with a degree in Interior Design will take IDSN 4305 Interior Design Senior Seminar, as the required Core Capstone.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[3.1.1] Nutrition (54 hours)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Central Arkansas is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Major requirements:

NUTR 1300 Nutrition in the Lifecycle  [ UCA Core: R ]
NUTR 2310 Food Science
NUTR 2311 Meal Management
NUTR 3350 Community Nutrition
NUTR 3370 Advanced Nutrition
NUTR 3380 Food Economics
NUTR 3390 Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR 4301 Research in Family and Consumer Sciences/Nutrition
NUTR 4315 Sports Nutrition
NUTR 4321 Nutritional Services Administration
NUTR 4325 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NUTR 4335 Nutrition Senior Seminar  [ UCA Core: Z ]
NUTR 4351 Experimental Food Science
NUTR 4374 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NUTR 4395 Nutrition Contemporary Issues [ UCA Core: D ]
FACS 2341 Lifespan Development  [ UCA Core: R ]
FACS 3311 Resource Management
FACS 3372 Personal and Family Finance  [ UCA Core: I, R ]

Supporting requirements to meet the academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

PSYC 1300 General Psychology
PSYC 2330 Psychological Statistics
FACS 3456 Methods [ UCA Core: C ]
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry for Health Sciences
CHEM 2450 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
SOC 1300 Principles of Sociology
BIOL 2405 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2411 Microbiology or substitute courses approved by department chair.

A minor is not required for the dietetics emphasis.

Eligibility to take the registration exam of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics requires the BS degree plus completion of an approved internship. Contact the department chair for further information.

[3.1.2] Interior Design (51 hours)

The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Major requirements (51 hours):

IDSN 2390 Introduction to Interior Design
IDSN 2391 Interior Design Studio
IDSN 2392 Interior Design Drawing and Rendering
IDSN 3300 Home Planning
IDSN 3305 Interior Lighting and Codes
IDSN 3315 Residential Interior Design
IDSN 3325 Commercial Interior Design
IDSN 3335 Design Communication
IDSN 3340 History of Interiors, Architecture, and Furniture I  [ UCA Core: D, C ]
IDSN 3341 History of Interiors, Architecture, and Furniture II [ UCA Core: D, C ]
IDSN 3365 Intro to CAD Drafting
IDSN 3375 Architectural Drafting
IDSN 4305 Advanced Interior Design Studio [ UCA Core: Z ]
IDSN 4320 Interior Design Senior Seminar
IDSN 4600 Internship
FACS 2360 Textiles

Grade of "C" or better required in these courses.

Select one course (3 hours) from the following:

NUTR 1300 Nutrition in the Lifecycle [ UCA Core: R ]
FACS 1370 Interior and Apparel Construction I
FACS 2351 Family Relations
FACS 3372 Personal and Family Finance [ UCA Core: I, R ]

Supporting requirements (12 hours):

ART 1310 2-D Design
ART 2312 3-D Design
IDSN 3350 Fundamentals of Kitchen and Bath Design
IDSN 3355 Introduction to Historic Preservation [ UCA Core: I, R ]

or substitute courses approved by department chair

[3.1.3] General Family and Consumer Sciences (43 hours)

Major requirements:

NUTR 1300 Nutrition in the Lifecycle [ UCA Core: R ]
NUTR 2310 Food Science
NUTR 2311 Meal Management
NUTR 3370 Advanced Nutrition
NUTR 3380 Food Economics
NUTR 4315 Sports Nutrition
NUTR 4395 Nutrition: Contemporary Issues [ UCA Core: D ]
IDSN 2390 Introduction to Interior Design
IDSN 3300 Home Planning
FACS 2341 Lifespan Development [ UCA Core: R ]
FACS 2360 Textiles
FACS 3311 Resource Management
FACS 3318 Parenting Issues
FACS 3360 Consumer Problems in Clothing
FACS 3361 Interior and Apparel Construction II
FACS 3372 Personal and Family Finance [ UCA Core: I, R ]
FACS 3456 Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences Education [ UCA Core: C ]
NUTR 4301 Research in Family and Consumer Sciences
FACS 4355 Curriculum Development
FACS 4600 Internship

or substitute courses approved by department chair

[3.2] Bachelor of Science in Education

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in family and consumer sciences, requires successful completion of (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) degree requirements; (3) family and consumer sciences requirements; and (4) supporting professional education requirements. No minor is required.

Nutrition or Family and Consumer Sciences Core courses are used to satisfy the lower-division UCA Core requirement in Responsible Living and the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Critical Inquiry, Communication, Diversity and Responsible Living.  Students with a Family and Consumer Sciences Education degree will take FACS 4350, Internship I, as the required UCA Core Capstone.

[3.2.1] Family and Consumer Sciences (43 hours)

Major requirements:

NUTR 1300 Nutrition in the Lifecycle [ UCA Core: R ]
NUTR 2310 Food Science
NUTR 2311 Meal Management
IDSN 2390 Introduction to Interior Design
IDSN 3300 Home Planning
FACS 1370 Interior and Apparel Construction I
FACS 2341 Lifespan Development [ UCA Core: R ]
FACS 2351 Family Relations [ UCA Core: R ]
FACS 2360 Textiles
FACS 3311 Resource Management
FACS 3318 Parenting Issues
FACS 3360 Consumer Problems in Clothing
FACS 3361 Interior and Apparel Construction II
FACS 3372 Personal and Family Finances [ UCA Core: I, R ]
FACS 3456 Methods in Famly and Consumer Sciences [ UCA Core: C ]

Supporting requirements (Professional Education, 38 hours):

EDUC 1300 Education as a Profession
Computer Competency Test or EDUC 1240 Basic Educational Technology Skills
EDUC 3309 Cultural Perspectives: Family, School, and Community Partnerships
EDUC 3322 Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
MSIT 3310 Development and Learning [ UCA Core: D, R ]
MSIT 4305 Classroom Management
FACS 4350 Internship I
FACS 4355 Curriculum Development in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FACS 4680 & 4681 Internship II [ UCA Core: Z ]

[3.3] Bachelor of Arts

The degree of Bachelor of Arts, requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) degree requirements (foreign language); (3) family and consumer sciences requirements; (4) interior design requirements; and (5) supporting requirements. No minor is required.

Family and Consumer Sciences or Nutrition Core courses are used to satisfy the lower-division UCA Core requirement in Responsible Living. Family and Consumer Sciences and Interior Design courses are used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Critical Inquiry, Communication, Diversity and Responsible Living. Students with a degree in Interior Design will take IDSN 4305, Interior Design Senior Seminar, as the required UCA Core Capstone.

[3.3.1] Interior Design (51 hours)

The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Major requirements (51 hours):

IDSN 2390 Introduction to Interior Design
IDSN 2391 Interior Design Studio
IDSN 2392 Interior Design Drawing and Rendering
IDSN 3300 Home Planning
IDSN 3305 Interior Lighting and Codes
IDSN 3315 Residential Interior Design
IDSN 3325 Commercial Interior Design
IDSN 3335 Design Communication
IDSN 3340 History of Interiors, Architecture, and Furniture I [ UCA Core: C, D ]  IDSN 3341 History of Interiors, Architecture, and Furniture II [ UCA Core: C, D]
IDSN 3365 Intro to CAD Drafting
IDSN 3375 Architectural Drafting
IDSN 4305 Advanced Interior Design Studio [ UCA Core: Z ]
IDSN 4320 Interior Design Senior Seminar
IDSN 4600 Internship
FACS 2360 Textiles

Grade of "C" or better required in these courses

Select 1 course (3 hours) from the following:

NUTR 1300 Nutrition in the Lifecycle [ UCA Core: R ]
FACS 1370 Interior and Apparel Construction I
FACS 2351 Family Relations
FACS 3372 Personal and Family Finance [ UCA Core: I, R ]

Supporting requirements (9 hours):

ART 1310 2-D Design
ART 2312 3-D Design
IDSN 3350 Fundamentals of Kitchen and bath Design
IDSN 3355 Introduction to Historic Preservation [ UCA Core: I, R ]

[3.4] Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences (18 hours)

Eighteen hours of family and consumer sciences, nutrition or interior design courses, 3 hours of which must be upper-division, may be selected from various areas of family and consumer sciences and approved by the department chair. The minor is offered for students who desire family and consumer sciences for cultural and personal value or for supporting work for a related major.

[4] Dietetic Internship

The dietetic internship is a supervised dietetic practice and study program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation by the American Dietetics Association. The dietetic internship meets performance requirements for eligibility to write the ADA registration exam to become a registered dietitian. The internship is to be completed in two summers. The first year includes 12 weeks of instruction in community nutrition and administrative dietetics. Summer school during the second year includes 12 weeks in therapeutic nutrition. Practice sites include various health care facilities in the central Arkansas area.

Dietetic Internship Entrance Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • Statement of certification regarding completion of American Dietetic Association approved didactic program in dietetics.
  • Official transcript(s) of course work from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Work experience in nutrition-related area.
  • Completed dietetic internship application. (see internship application on department website Dietetic_Internship_Program_Application)

[5] Master's Degree

See Graduate Bulletin.

Course Links

[6.1] Nutrition and Food Sciences Courses (NUTR)

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[6.2] Textiles and Clothing Courses (FACS)

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[6.3] Child and Family Life Courses (FACS)

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[6.4] Consumer Education and Resource Management Courses (FACS)

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[6.5] Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS)

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[6.6] General Courses

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[6.7] Interior Design Courses (IDSN)

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