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 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

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

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Common Content Courses Family & Consumer Sciences Requirements
CHEM 117Chemical Concepts and Applications3
CSCI 114Computer Applications3
or TL 116 Business Software Applications
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
ADHM 101Beginning Apparel Construction3
or ADHM 155 Apparel Construction and Fit
ADHM 151Design Fundamentals3
or ADHM 315 History of Interiors I
or ADHM 316 History of Interiors II
ADHM 210Dress in World Cultures3
or ADHM 486 Dress and Human Behavior
ADHM 366Textiles3
ADHM 367Textiles Laboratory1
H&CE 469Housing Education and Issues3
HDFS 186Smart Spending and Saving3
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
HNES 217Personal and Community Health3
HNES 250Nutrition Science3
HNES 261
Food Selection and Preparation Principles
and Food Selection and Preparation Principles Laboratory
Education/Training Courses
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
H&CE 232Philosophy and Policy3
H&CE 467Leading Youth Organizations3
Family & Consumer Science Pathway Option Requirements
Select Pathyway A (Licensure - Education Courses) or Pathway B (Non-Licensure Training and Development Courses)30-31
Total Credits102-103
Pathway A (Licensure) Education Courses
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 475Reading in the Content Area2
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
H&CE 468Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences Education3
H&CE 482Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences3
H&CE 483Student Teaching Seminar1
H&CE 487Student Teaching9
H&CE 488Applied Student Teaching3
Total Credits30
Pathway B (Non-Licensure) Training and Development Courses
HDFS 462Methods of Family Life Education3
H&CE 196Field Experience3
H&CE 445Designing and Delivering Nonformal Education Programs3
or H&CE 468 Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
H&CE 446Extension Education3
H&CE 496Field Experience (Internship Captsone)10
Select course from the prefixes: ADHM, HNES, and H&CE
Total Credits31

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • The following courses are recommended but not required for the program: ADHM 151 Design Fundamentals AND ADHM 367 Textiles Laboratory.
  • 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 completing the appropriate Subject Assessment exam and Principles of Learning and Teaching exam are required to exit the program.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.