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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.

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

Kelsey Driscoll, a senior in kinesiology and health, leads a walk around Fenway Park in Boston as part of an internship she worked at with the help of a scholarship from the College of Human Sciences for unpaid internships and student teaching. Contributed photo.College of Human Sciences scholarships support students at unpaid internships

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences has in the past year helped nearly six dozen students who interned in fields where they are helping others, but were not going to be compensated for their work.



Graduating seniors Michele Ries, Andria Knutson, Joe Webb, Chrishelda Green, and Kate Bruce, along with Sammi Roelfs (not pictured) will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2016 convocation ceremony. Photo by Ryan Riley.College of Human Sciences graduating seniors to be recognized at ceremonies

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of more than 400 graduating students in a series of events on May 6 and 7.

Dean and Dean’s Chair Pamela White and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation ceremony, 2 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Hilton Coliseum. A reception for graduating students at all levels will immediately follow the ceremony, at about 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of the Scheman Building.

The all-university commencement ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Jack Trice Stadium.



Aaron Hauser, an Iowa State junior in elementary education, works with Nevada fifth graders Allison Kruzich and Stephanie Lopez to use a new online math lesson he developed. Photo by Lynn Campbell.
Technology helps fifth and sixth graders with math problems

About 45 future teachers at Iowa State University are using technology to help fifth and sixth graders at Nevada Middle School better understand math concepts that give them difficulty.

Students in Christa Jackson’s CI 523 Teaching Mathematics to Struggling Elementary Learners class and Mollie Appelgate’s CI 448 Teaching Children Mathematics class this semester developed modules — or online tutorial videos — to encourage student collaboration and increase conceptual understanding of mathematics ideas.



A team of students in Iowa State University’s Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences class this semester did national field research on what makes an iconic coffeehouse. Contributed photos.Establishing an iconic coffeehouse

What makes a coffeehouse iconic?

Five Iowa State University undergraduate students in Linda Niehm’s AESHM 474-574 Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences class this semester reached out to coffeehouses across the nation in search for the answer.

They’ll be among 101 students presenting their findings from 39 projects at the 13th annual College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the LeBaron Hall lobby with awards to follow in LeBaron Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.



An image of Terry Peterson Denny watches over students as they collaborate in the classroom named in her honor. Photo by Ryan Riley.Technology-rich classroom named for Terry Peterson Denny

A high-tech classroom for Iowa State University teacher education students now pays tribute to an alumna who coached countless children to overcome their learning disabilities.

The new Terry Peterson Denny Classroom in Lagomarcino Hall is designed to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for students exploring teaching methods that improve literacy.



Safwan Elkhatib, a senior in kinesiology and health, is one of several honors kinesiology students applying research to improve health. Photo by Ryan Riley.Kinesiology students aim to improve movement, health

Ten Iowa State University kinesiology students are applying science and research to improve movement and health among people of all ages.



Michelle Aberle (left), a junior in event management, and Allison Tikalsky (right), a senior in kinesiology and health, show their support for Purple Up! for Military Kids Day, which will be celebrated this Friday, April 15. Photo by Ryan Riley. 
Students share stories of being military kids as Iowa State prepares to honor them

Being a military kid makes you grow up and mature faster.

“My parents went to the Air National Guard every third weekend of the month, so we would cook and clean the house. I was doing laundry in third grade,” said Allison Tikalsky, a senior in kinesiology and health.

“There’s a lot more discipline in life in general,” said Michelle Aberle, a junior in event management. “For us, it’s ‘be where you need to be when you need to be there and with what you need to have.’ If you’re on time, you’re late. I thought every family was like that!”



The Event Management Club will bring speakers to inspire students to entrepreneurship at the Collegiately Creative Conference April 16. Contributed photos. Photo collage by Ryan Riley.Event Management Club hopes to inspire students through first Collegiately Creative Conference

The Iowa State University Event Management Club is on a mission to inspire and encourage creativity — and empower students’ entrepreneurial spirits — through its first Collegiately Creative Conference.



Kate Bruce’s collection featuring the beauty of office supplies won the Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show \"Best in Show\" Scholarship at The Fashion Show 2016. Bruce was also one of two producers of the show. Contributed photo.Collection featuring office supplies wins top prize at Iowa State’s fashion show

Three weeks after winning her showcase at Omaha Fashion Week, Kate Bruce wowed the judges here at home and took the top prize at The Fashion Show 2016 at Iowa State University.



Katherine Richardson Bruna (right) will be recognized at a national event for her role in building Iowa State’s partnership with King and Moulton elementary schools to help historically excluded students achieve a college education. She’s pictured here with ISU Extension and Outreach specialist Constance Beecher. Contributed photo.
Iowa State presents research aimed at equity, awareness, acceptance

Iowa State University will receive national recognition at an upcoming gathering of 15,000 peers for its distinguished contributions to improve the educational conditions of students, families, and communities.

More than three dozen Iowa State faculty members, graduate students, and alumni will give presentations at the upcoming American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, April 8 to 12 in Washington, D.C.



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