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Welcome to the College of Human Sciences. Our unique blend of departments, majors, and program offerings are unlike any other college in the Midwest. Explore what CHS has to offer by starting here with your interest or major.

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Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

The apparel, merchandising, and design major opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the textiles and apparel industry. When you major in this field, you’ll study fashion design, product development, costume history, merchandising and marketing strategies, production processes, business practices, and consumer behavior.

Child, Adult, and Family Services

As communities adapt to changing statewide and national demographics, the child, adult, and family services major will prepare you to work with people from the very young to the very old. You will help them learn skills and strategies in education, child care, youth development, family interaction, conflict resolution, and addiction/abuse treatment.

Culinary Science

As a culinary science student, you will explore the chemical and physical interactions of food and develop basic cooking techniques. The food industry is hungry for professionals prepared to work in this emerging field, specifically in researching and developing products and corporate restaurant menus.

Diet and Exercise

The accelerated program in diet and exercise allows you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. You will study advanced nutrition, physical activity, and ways they interact with health and disease. You’ll design strategic dietary and exercise programs to help people maintain optimum health.


Growing concern for the health and nutritional wellness of our country’s citizens has made dietetics a rapidly expanding career field. Coursework includes nutrient metabolism, community nutrition counseling and educational methods, medical nutrition therapy, and foodservice management.

Early Childhood Education

A degree in early childhood education readies you to work with children from birth through third grade. Coursework and practicum experiences will prepare you for licensure to teach in early childhood classrooms, special education classrooms, or home-based programs. This major is shared by Human Development and Family Studies and Curriculum and Instruction.

Elementary Education

With a degree in elementary education, you will gain the skills necessary to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade. You will also gain expertise in an area of endorsement that extends your teaching license and qualifies you to teach students through eighth grade.

Entrepreneurial Studies

This interdisciplinary minor provides opportunities to students to learn about the process of creating value through recognizing and developing opportunities. In addition to feasibility analysis and business planning, the program deals with the topics of innovation, opportunity recognition, technology transfer, industry analysis, and competitive strategy.

Event Management

More than ever, companies and individuals are relying on experienced, professional event managers to coordinate conferences, weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. You’ll study trend analysis, hospitality, and resource management to organize momentous gatherings on time and within budget.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies

Family and consumer sciences education and studies will give you a broad understanding of individual, family, and community issues to improve the lives of others. There are three options in this program: teacher licensure, communications and professional studies.

Financial Counseling and Planning

This program prepares you to service the financial and housing needs of families and individuals as you learn strategies to manage time, money, and other family resources. You’ll examine and evaluate housing needs, issues, and trends to better meet special needs for families and children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Food Science

As a food scientist, you’ll apply principles of biology, chemistry, and physics to improve the safety, nutrition, wholesomeness, and availability of national and worldly food sources. You can choose from three primary options: food science and technology, food science and industry, and consumer food science.

Hospitality Management

In Iowa State’s world-renown hospitality management program, you will learn essential principles of managing a variety of hospitality organizations, such as hotels, restaurants, clubs, and foodservice companies. You’ll also develop expertise in managing diverse functions, such as accounting and finance, foodservice, human resources, marketing, and lodging.

Kinesiology and Health

Students in the kinesiology and health major study the biological and behavioral aspects of human movement through biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior and control. You can choose from six career options: athletic training, health/fitness management, exercise science, community/public health, physical education teacher licensure, or general studies.

Nutritional Science

Future nutritional scientists focus on the relationship between diet and health, studying the effects of various nutrients in the cause, treatment, and prevention of many diseases, as well as the maintenance of normal health, growth, and development. This major puts you on track for health professional programs.

Pre-health programs

As a pre-health student, there are a variety of majors that put you on track to attend medical, dental, physical therapy, chiropractic, or other professional health programs upon graduation. These programs include: diet and exercise, kinesiology (exercise science option), nutritional science, and child life specialization.

Secondary Education Licensure

If you seek to teach at the secondary level, you will enroll in the academic department that offers your chosen content area, and work to meet graduation requirements of that department college. Later, you’ll apply for admission to Iowa State’s teacher education program. There are thirteen content areas of teach licensure, ranging from English to Biology.


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Student News

The College of Human Sciences offers study abroad options for students in all disciplines. Human development and family studies students visited South Korea to learn about family life. Contributed photo.Study abroad programs expand Iowa State’s international reach

Growing participation in study abroad opportunities is helping Iowa State University expand its international reach.

Students in financial counseling and planning apply what they learn in class and help their community members at the same time. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Students to get real-world experience through Financial Counseling Clinic

Students studying financial counseling and planning at Iowa State University will get an intensive hands-on education starting this semester, thanks to a change in focus at the Financial Counseling Clinic in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

College of Human Sciences students will travel to Chile and South Africa for two new study abroad programs. Students will perform service learning work including helping South Africans to set up small businesses. Contributed photo.College of Human Sciences offers new international programs in Chile, South Africa

Two new study abroad opportunities offered by the College of Human Sciences will allow Iowa State University students to study in South Africa and Chile this summer.

College of Human Sciences students play key roles in Students Helping Our Peers, an organization that operates a food pantry on campus. Contributed photo.Iowa State students fight food pantry stigma

Fear of judgment can prevent people from using resources such as food pantries, but an Iowa State University organization called Students Helping Our Peers is on a mission to fight the food pantry stigma.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will celebrate the achievements of hundreds of graduating students in a series of events this weekend. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Graduation events will celebrate student achievement

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will celebrate the achievements of hundreds of graduating students in a series of events this weekend.

Iowa State’s family and consumer sciences distance learning program allows Cassie Gerst of Mount Pleasant to work and spend time with her family while she earns her master’s degree. Contributed photo.Iowa State’s distance learning programs open doors to higher education

Iowa State University’s online and distance learning programs are opening doors to higher education for a growing number of nontraditional students.

ISU students talk with Sally Shaver DuBois about their exercise routine for an assembly at United Community School. Partnership promotes good health with online lessons on fitness and nutrition

A group of Iowa State University students is using technology to connect with students at United Community School and share lessons on everything from proper hand washing to fire prevention to physical fitness.

Panteleimon Ekkekakis, an associate professor in kinesiology, said job prospects for kinesiology students are good because employers are hiring such professionals to motivate employees to be physically active. Photo by Blake Lanser. Kinesiology shifts to focus on lifelong health

The Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology has evolved from solely teaching physical education to leading advanced research and professional training focused on bettering lifelong health.

Rey Junco (center) uses technology and social media to communicate with students both inside and out of the classroom. Photo by Blake Lanser. Technology changes teacher-student communication

Social media has dramatically changed the way students and teachers interact in and out of the classroom.

Katie Borton, a science teacher at Nevada Middle School, is one of 10 former Iowa State M.A.T. students who have received a prestigious award that’s given each year to up to 25 teachers nationwide for exceptional science teaching in the first five years in the classroom. Photo by Blake Lanser.
Iowa State helps to fill shortage of science teachers

A nationally award-winning program at Iowa State University has for more than a decade helped fill the state’s need for high-quality science teachers.

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    The College of Human Sciences offers 21 undergraduate and graduate majors. Within six months of graduating, 92 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients and 96 percent of master’s and doctoral degree recipients secure employment or advanced educational placement.