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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

Iowa State partnership to improve awareness and access to dementia services

Dementia is a difficult and complex diagnosis. Unlike cancer or heart disease, dementia is a terminal illness that often goes undiagnosed and is difficult to treat.

The ISU Fashion Show was once held on the south steps of MacKay Hall and other smaller venues including MacKay Auditorium, Curtiss Hall, Fisher Theater and LeBaron Auditorium. This photo was taken in 1980. The show moved to Stephens Auditorium in 2005. Contributed photo.
Fashion Show hits its stride in the past decade

What started decades ago as a small, informal gathering on the steps of MacKay Hall has grown into one of the largest, most prestigious student-run fashion shows in the nation that’s a source of pride for Iowa State University.

Students Abigail Jones and Kelsie Witt helped design and produce silk scarves that are sold in the Iowa State University Book Store. Photo by Blake Lanser. Students design scarves sold in book store

Iowa State University students design, produce, and sell their own product for academic credit as part of an independent study course in apparel, merchandising, and design.

The ISU Diabetic Education Club — a newly formed student club at Iowa State University aimed at raising awareness about diabetes — will hold a Beat Diabetes Walk this Wednesday. Photo by Blake Lanser.ISU Diabetic Education Club holds campus walk

A newly formed student club at Iowa State University aimed at raising awareness about diabetes will hold its first event this week: an indoor, lunchtime walk on campus that’s free and open to the public.

Celia Bravard, an Iowa State senior majoring in food science, is learning how to improve attributes of food such as texture and flavor. Photo by Blake Lanser.“Foodies” flock to food science programs at Iowa State

For Celia Bravard, the most exciting thing about food is how she can make it better.

Michelle Shealy works with kindergarten students at Meeker Elementary in Ames as part of her student teaching experience.ISU’s School of Education overcoming challenges to place record number of student teachers

It’s fair to say that Michelle Shealy had a few nerves the first time she stood in front of a roomful of kindergarten students at Meeker Elementary in Ames and realized she was in charge. The Iowa State University elementary education major spent weeks observing in the classroom, after years of preparation on campus, and knew it was time to demonstrate her skills and knowledge.

The Swim & Gym provides an opportunity for Ames youth to participate in physical fitness activities with kinesiology students. Photo by Blake Lanser. After-school program introduces kids to physical fitness

An Iowa State University after-school program in its 10th year is teaching kids the fundamentals of physical fitness.

Seven apparel design students each designed and produced a “nature-inspired” alien costume for Reiman Gardens. Photo by Anne Krapfl.Students create alien costumes for Reiman Gardens event

Seven apparel design students this fall faced a real-world challenge: Meet the deadline, stay on budget and keep the client happy.

Allie Lansman, an Iowa State junior majoring in dietetics, lost 50 pounds and will appear on The Biggest Loser as a youth ambassador from the National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Iowa State students to appear on The Biggest Loser

An Iowa State University student who battled childhood obesity but has since lost 50 pounds will appear on NBC-TV’s The Biggest Loser at 7 p.m. Thursday as a youth ambassador for healthy living.

Robert Bosselman, Hannah Gibbs, Pamela White, and Jonathan Wickert cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the $3.2 million MacKay Hall renovation. Photo by Blake Lanser.MacKay Hall event celebrates building’s history and future

Ruth Ann Robson had just one word for the newly renovated lecture classroom on MacKay Hall’s second floor: “Wow.”

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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.