Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Major Requirements

Major: Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 124

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

The Family & Consumer Sciences Education Specialty requirements also includes those courses listed in the general education categories of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Science & Technology.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education Requirements
CHEM 117Chemical Concepts and Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
CSCI 114Computer Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
or TL 116 Business Software Applications
ENGL 358Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B)3
Teaching Specialty Requirements
ADHM 155Apparel Construction and Fit3
or ADHM 101 Beginning Apparel Construction
ADHM 366Textiles3
ADHM 410Dress in World Cultures3
or ADHM 486 Dress and Human Behavior
HDFS 186Consumer and Society3
HDFS 230Life Span Development3
or PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
HDFS 242Couples, Marriages and Families3
HDFS 250Introduction to Research Methods in Human Development and Family Sciences3
HDFS 275Diversity and Multiculturalism in Individual and Family Life3
HDFS 341Parent-Child Relations3
HDFS 357Personal and Family Finance3
HDFS 462Methods of Family Life Education3
H&CE 469Housing Education and Issues3
HNES 200Principles of Nutrition (May satisfy general education category W)3
HNES 217Personal and Community Health3
HNES 261
Food Selection and Preparation Principles
and Food Selection and Preparation Principles Laboratory
Housing/Design/Consumer Education: Select one of the following:3
Design Fundamentals
History of Interiors I
History of Interiors II
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
H&CE 232Philosophy and Policy3
H&CE 467Advising Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America3
H&CE 468Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences I: Techniques3
H&CE 482Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences II: Professional Practices3
H&CE 483Student Teaching Seminar1
H&CE 487Student Teaching9
H&CE 488Applied Student Teaching3
Total Credits105

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • The following courses are recommended but not required for the program: ADHM 151 Design Fundamentals AND ADHM 367 Textiles Laboratory.
  • GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.