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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 students help teenagers by sharing stories and strategies about overcoming difficulties in life on the IAMincontrol blog. Contributed Photo.Iowa State students connect teens with healthy choices

Iowa State University students are helping teenagers by sharing stories and strategies for overcoming difficulties in life.

The College of Human Sciences international programs office now offers a new program in Italy for students seeking a short-term abroad experience. Contributed photo.
New College of Human Sciences program attracts food lovers to Italy

A new study abroad opportunity will allow Iowa State University students in food science and human nutrition and apparel, events, and hospitality management to study in Italy.

Iowa State senior Bailie Kies is getting hands-on experience working with kinesiology professor Gregory Welk on research about children\'s physical activity patterns. Photo by Ryan Riley.Research internship gives undergraduates hands-on experience working with prestigious faculty

Bailie Kies is traveling to Iowa schools this fall to recruit students to participate in a study about physical activity patterns being conducted by Iowa State University’s Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab.

As a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Intern, Kies is getting hands-on experience this semester working with kinesiology professor Gregory Welk in determining the effectiveness of the Youth Activity Profile, an online tool designed to assess children's daily physical activity and sedentary habits.

Erin Neill, doctoral student in human development and family studies, shows how child therapy may benefit the mother as well as the child. Photo by Ryan Riley.Child therapy may benefit parents’ emotional health

Research by Erin Neill, an Iowa State University doctoral student in human development and family studies, shows the potential benefits of child therapy on both children’s and mothers’ emotional health and well-being.

Iowa State will offer a new health coach certificate for students wanting to add to their credentials in health care fields. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State University offers new health coach certificate

Iowa State University offers a new, interdisciplinary health coach certificate for students seeking to add to their credentials in health care fields. The rigorous program will help students stand out among their peers.

Engagement opportunities, such as Day of Caring, contribute to a campus climate supportive of community service — an important indicator of good student mental health. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. 
School of Education links college student community engagement and mental health

Iowa State University researchers are analyzing nationwide survey data on the positive effects of community engagement on college students’ mental health.

Janice Friedel, an associate professor in the ISU School of Education, and former doctoral students Cristobal Salinas Jr. and Zoë Mercedes Thornton co-edited a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges. Photos by Ryan Riley.New book celebrates 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges

A new book released this week by an Iowa State University professor and doctoral students celebrates the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges.

Iowa’s Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment” provides a history of the statewide development of the community college system, through a focus on the individual college stories and dynamics.

(From left to right) Lauren Stratton, Hardeep Obhi, Angelica Jasper, and Yan Su pursue advanced degrees in gerontology during the program’s first semester on campus. Photo by Ryan Riley.On-campus graduate program in gerontology begins with four students

Four Iowa State University students are pursuing advanced degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging, during the first year of an on-campus graduate program.

Iowa State dietetics students Molly Seibel (left) and Ashley Reese (right) create nutrition labels for Hy-Vee stores. Photo by Ryan Riley. 
Iowa State helps create new Hy-Vee nutrition labels

Iowa State University faculty and students in food science and human nutrition are helping to create new nutrition labels for ready-to-eat meals at Hy-Vee stores because of new requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Daisy Cerna, an Iowa State junior in kinesiology and health, said she loves working with people and hopes to become an occupational therapist. Photo by Ryan Riley.  Students look to meaningful careers in the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State University students hoping to spend their professional lives helping others continue to be drawn to the people-oriented majors offered by the College of Human Sciences.

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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.