Prospective Students

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.

Dietetics

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

College of Human Sciences offers $800k in scholarships

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences and its departments have offered more than $800,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Click on an awarding department to view recipients. 



A ribbon cutting for the centerpiece of the MacKay Hall remodeling — the 214-seat Catherine J. MacKay Auditorium, built in 1926 and named after the longtime dean of home economics — will be held from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9. The event will include self-guided tours, speakers, and refreshments. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.MacKay Hall remodeling ends, ribbon cutting scheduled

The dust and noise of the past 14 months will give way to shiny and bright, new and restored, state-of-the-art facilities when the remodeling of MacKay Hall on the Iowa State University campus wraps up this week.



Phil Martin, professor and chair in kinesiology, discusses how the women\'s locker rooms will be turned into kinesiology laboratories during the $668,000 renovation. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Forker Building next to get a facelift

Renovation to the Forker Building at Iowa State University will transform unused locker rooms in the 1940 building into more functional space to meet the needs of today’s kinesiology students and faculty.



Oodlebar, a snack created by six Iowa State food science and human nutrition students, is one of three finalists in the Dairy Research Institute New Product Contest. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Iowa State team takes ice cream bar to national food product competition

Iowa State University students have found a way to make dessert a little healthier through the creation of a delicious high-protein, reduced-fat treat called Oodlebar. 



Flight Bites, a snack created by five Iowa State food science and human nutrition students, placed second at a national competition hosted by Disney Consumer Products and the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Iowa State places second in national food product competition

Five Iowa State University students combined their creative ideas with the magic of Disney to create a new snack for children.



Elizabeth Brock, a 2010 graduate in kinesiology and health, started working at her dream company, Nike, earlier this month. Iowa State alumna follows dream to career at Nike

Elizabeth Brock of Onalaska, Wis. came to Iowa State University in 2006 with one goal in mind — to one day work for Nike.



Caine Westergard of Akron, who just graduated from Iowa State in apparel, merchandising, and design and was the College of Human Sciences\' college marshal, reflects on the role 4-H played in her success. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Westergard credits much of her success to 4-H
 
Former Plymouth County 4-H’er Caine Westergard always had dreams of becoming a fashion designer and credits a large part of her success to the nine years she spent in 4-H.


The Iowa State University School of Education established a new school experience in Cuenca, Ecuador that started this spring. Contributed photo. 
Human Sciences students gain new international experiences

New opportunities are opening up for College of Human Sciences students to travel abroad, to both learn and teach in countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Ecuador, China, and South Africa.



Christine Maynard (right), an assistant professor in human development and family studies, and Alexa Caldwell (left), a senior in early childhood education, are monitoring individual toddlers in 10 different classrooms across central Iowa. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.  Iowa State study aims to improve classroom experience for toddlers

An Iowa State University professor and students are looking at why research shows that toddlers have the lowest quality classroom experience of any age group.



Teachers and students from Iowa State University and Ames High School will attend a Holocaust and Human Behavior seminar aimed at producing a civics education focus, and developing a more effective and rewarding way to engage students. The training is led by Facing History and Ourselves, a professional development organization.Iowa State University, Ames High School work to create civic education focus

Iowa State University is working with Ames High School to take student learning about history to a deeper level.



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  • Graduates Find Rewarding Jobs

    In 2010-11, 91 percent of CHS graduates with bachelor’s degrees got a job (of those new jobs 91 percent were directly related to their majors) or gained acceptance to graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. Culinary Science, Nutritional Science, Diet and Exercise, Kinesiology, and Family and Consumer Sciences – had placement rates of 100 percent! Story »