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

For the Trashion Show, students work in groups to decide what garment design best represents their environmental issue. Students will display their garments, made out of thrown-away material, Friday, April 25 at the first Trashion Show. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Students use “Trashion Show” to raise environmental awareness

Iowa State University apparel, events, and hospitality management students are raising environmental awareness in a unique fashion to celebrate Earth Month.



Lori Ihrig (left) explains the constraints new science teachers face in the first two years of their career. The results of her study support the stories Michael Clough (center) and Joanne Olson (right) hear from former students. Photo by Bob Elbert. ISU researchers find mentor programs often harm, more than help first-year science teachers

New teachers deal with a multitude of challenges during their first year in the classroom, which is why many school districts develop mentoring programs to ease that transition. But a new Iowa State University study found that instead of helping beginning science teachers, these programs tend to reinforce the status quo, making it difficult for teachers to promote a deep understanding of science.



Frustrated students resolve to celebrate achievements, pride

Editorial

Students, alumni, members of the faculty and staff, and their families and friends were poignantly reminded how the actions of a few can impact the lives of an entire community last week, when Iowa State University President Leath suspended Veishea activities, following a Campustown disturbance.



Youngsters take a break from showing their projects to try out iPad applications at the Central Iowa Student Technology Fair, April 1, on the Iowa State University campus. Contributed photo.ISU curriculum and instructional technology students lead K-12 student technology fair

Master's students and working professionals Jamie Fath and Karl Hehr led the Iowa Technology Education Connection board in coordinating the Central Iowa Student Technology Fair, April 1.



Kiearrah Williams, a freshman majoring in kinesiology and health, is a member of Connect Four, a group aimed at improving minority student retention by helping first-year students of color to connect and adjust to college. Contributed photo.Iowa State expands support to doctoral students, sophomores, veterans

Iowa State University is expanding its efforts to ensure student success in the midst of growing enrollment.



Iowa State University senior Whitney Rorah won the Best in Show award Saturday at The Fashion Show 2014 for “Orlov Endue Bridal 2014,\" a collection of eight wedding dresses. Contributed photos.Wedding gown collection wins top honor at Iowa State’s fashion show

A collection of eight elegant pink, white, salmon, and cream-colored wedding dresses designed by Iowa State University senior Whitney Rorah took the top honor Saturday at The Fashion Show 2014.



Treats such as cherry pies, games, and learning will intermingle at College of Human Sciences activities as part of Iowa State University\'s annual Veishea 2014 festivities, April 7-13. Contributed photo.College of Human Sciences students offer Veishea 2014 activities

8srb-208-4webImportant April 9 update

Iowa State University President Steven Leath announced that the remainder of this year’s Veishea celebration is suspended, effective at 5 p.m., April 9.



The Healthiest State Walk is one of numerous efforts extended by Iowa State University and the Healthiest State Initiative. Photo By Wyeth Lynch.   Iowa State aids efforts to become the healthiest state

Iowa State University has teamed up with the Healthiest State Initiative on a number of efforts to make Iowa the healthiest state in America.



College of Human Sciences students Malinda Pum and Sabrina Skerston participated in Veishea service day last weekend. The students are with Connect Four, a group aimed at helping first-year students of color to connect and adjust to college and overcome hurdles such as homesickness. Contributed photo.Women, minority college students more prone to severe homesickness

Most first-year college students experience some degree of homesickness.



Under the instruction of faculty in kinesiology, students get the opportunity to teach homeschooled children skills in physical education. The program has grown to host more than 85 children. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Kinesiology uses physical education to reach out to homeschooled children

The homeschool physical education outreach program at Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences is a learning experience for everyone involved.



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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 »