Family & Consumer Sciences - 
Family Life Education Option Course Descriptions

ENGL 101 - Freshman English (3 cr) - Critical reading, logical thinking, and effective writing. Write frequently in and out of class, using specific rhetorical strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences. Prereq: Satisfactory placement test score. GDR:ENGL
ENGL 150 - Advanced Freshman English (3 cr) - Research and writing using appropriate rhetorical strategies for students with potential for accelerated reading, writing, and research. Prereq: Satisfactory test scores. GDR: ENGL
Natural Science (Choice with lab) (5 cr)
HD 166 - The Family: Continuing Concerns (3 cr) - Examine research and theory that relate to complex concerns families face over time. GDR: SS2
FCS 290 - Exploration of Family and Consumer Sciences (3 cr) - Designed for family and consumer sciences majors. Explore family and consumer sciences professions in public schools and community agencies. Complete observations with FCS professionals working in the field as well as prepare and teach a mini lesson. Also includes an introduction to professional development, research skills and ethics in FCS.
HD 265 - Human Growth and Development: A Life-Span Approach (3 cr) - Concepts, principles, and current research findings applied to the study of growth and development from conception through death in the context of family. Includes physical/health-related issues. Prereq: Psychology 110 or cons instr. GDR: SS2

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ENGL 102 - Freshman English (3 cr) - Analytical reading and writing and the methods of inquiry common to various academic disciplines. Write frequently in and out of class, using suitable sources of information and appropriate documentation methods. Prereq: 101 or equiv. GDR:ENGL
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology (3 cr) - Introduction to scientific study of behavior and mental processes, and methods used in psychological research.
MATH 100 - College Algebra (3 cr) - Graphing linear equations and inequalities, exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, systems of equations, study of functions including exponentials and logarithmic functions. Prereq: 90 or suitable placement test score. GDR: MATH
Natural Science (Choice) (3-5 cr)
COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication (2 or 3 cr) - Introduction to and application of those principles which lead to an understanding of and facility with practical discourse. GDR: COMM


SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) - Sociology as special field of social science, social relations, and social systems; the organization of societies and other human groupings; fundamentals of sociological investigation, dealing with the underlying premises, concepts, logic, and methods of sociology. GDR: SS1

MATH 109 - Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences (4 cr) - Systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, exponential growth and decay, mathematics of finance, differential calculus with emphasis on applications. Prereq: 100 or suitable placement score. GDR: MATH BS BM/BFA
MATH 111 - Applied Calculus (4 cr) - Calculus applied to business, economics, biology, natural resources, and social science. Prereq: 100 or a suitable placement score. May not take 111 for credit after successful completion of 120. GDR: MATH BS/BFA
MATH 118 - Precalculus Algebra (4 cr) - Topics include concepts, graphs, and properties of functions, inverse and algebraic functions, techniques of graphing, conic sections, linear and nonlinear systems, arithmetic and geometric series, mathematical induction and the binomial theorem. Preparation for 120 if you did not place into 120. Prereq: 100 or suitable placement test score. GDR: MATH BS BM/BFA
MATH 355 - Elementary Statistical Methods (4 cr) - Fundamental concepts and techniques that underlie applications to various disciplines, including descriptive statistics; averages; dispersion; random sampling; binomial, normal, Student T, Chi-square, and F distributions; estimation and tests of hypothesis; linear regression and correlation; laboratory emphasis on sampling and applications. Does not count toward math major/minor, or major for teacher certification. Prereq: 100 or suitable placement test score. GDR: MATH BS BM/BFA

History (Choice - Nonwestern) (3 cr)

HLED 140
- Responsible Sexuality (3 cr) - Sexual development in America, reproduction and contraception, and related issues; develop skills for presenting this knowledge to children in classroom and family settings including methods needed to deliver K-12 sexuality curriculum. GDR: WLNS/HE
HD 330/530 - Human Sexuality (3 cr) - Sexual development across the lifespan; an in-depth look at the diversity of human sexuality in contemporary America.

Humanities (Choice) (3 cr) 


COMM 280 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 cr) - Investigation of and experience with communication that facilitates the establishment and maintenance of effective personal relationships. GDR: SS2
FCS 444/644 - Helping Relationships: Skills for the Helping Professions (3 cr) - Preparation for professions in human services. Develop understanding of and ability to effectively apply interpersonal relationship skills needed by human services professionals. Prereq: 6 cr in human development, family services, psychology, or cons instr. 

Humanities (Choice) (3 cr)

Minor Requirement (Choice) (3 cr)

Natural Science (Choice with lab) (5 cr)

FN 151 - Contemporary Nutrition (2 cr) - Apply nutrition principles to contemporary problems in food choices and health. GDR: WL/HE



HD 386 - Family Resource Management and the Environment (3 cr) - Examine various perspectives on how individuals and families manage human and nonhuman resources. Study family and environment and reciprocal relationships between the two systems. GDR: EL

FCS 392
- Program Planning and Assessment in Family and Consumer Science (3 cr) - Administration of family and consumer science K-12, including program planning and assessment. Prereq: 290, 391

Humanities OR Social Science (Choice) (3 cr)

Minor Requirement AND/OR Elective (Choice) (3 cr

HD 366/566 - Families in Cross Cultural Contexts (3 cr) - Survey of family life across a variety of cultural contexts. In depth application to programming and outreach with families from unique populations.


FCS 390/590 - Adult Education (2 or 3 cr) - Philosophy, history, techniques, and experiences in teaching adults.

HD 372/572 - Consumer Economics (3 cr) - Consumer, business, and government interactions in the economic environment; consumer choice and decision making relevant to resource allocation and purchases in the market. May not earn credit in both HD 372 and Economics 272.

Minor Requirement AND/OR Elective (Choice) (3 cr)

WL A/A (Choice)(1 cr.)

Humanities OR Social Science (Choice) (3 cr)



Minor Requirement (Choice) (3 cr)

HD 367/567 - Family Structure and Interaction (1-3 cr) - Family functions; variations in family organization and relationships; apply principles to family decision making during different stages of the life cycle. Prereq: Sociology 101 or Psychology 110, or cons instr. GDR: SS2

HD 466/666 - Guidance of Children and Adolescents (3 cr) - Current research and theory related to the guidance of children from preschool age through adolescence. Apply to home and school environments.


HD 397 - Field Work (1-12 cr) - A supervised training work program in a cooperating off-campus establishment; work experience and supervision followed by an evaluation of individual progress.

Minor Requirement AND/OR Elective (Choice) (3 cr)

FCS 400 - Seminar on Teaching for Student and Intern Teachers (1-2 cr Pass/fail) - Structured group discussion on aspects of teaching that emerge during full-time field experiences. Prereq: Con reg in 398 or 498.

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