Family and Consumer Sciences

FACULTY Professors Collins (chair), Davidson; Associate Professors Choi, Dallmeyer; Assistant Professors Brandes, Newell, Randall.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers majors in dietetics, foods, nutrition, and wellness; family and consumer sciences education; and retail merchandising. Students may also choose to major in general family and consumer sciences, which allows flexibility.

The department also offers a minor in family and consumer sciences.

Career opportunities continue to expand in this fast-growing field. Careers in teaching, family and consumer sciences related business, social welfare, nutrition and dietetics, family and consumer sciences extension, and fashion and retail merchandising can all result from degree programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Departmental Requirements

All family and consumer sciences students must meet the following family and consumer sciences core requirements listed below and professional work experience, as well as the required courses for their chosen major. Students must take a minimum of 38 hours in FCS courses.

Family and Consumer Sciences Core

  • FCS 140 Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS elective to be chosen from the following:
    • FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 342 Child Development Laboratory - 3 hrs
    • FCS 440 Family Relations - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 400 Senior Seminar in Family & Consumer Sciences - 1 hr.

Total 12

Required Professional Work Experience:

  • FCS 460 Family and Consumer Sciences Internship (required for FCSF) - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics (required for FCSD, FCSN) - 3 hrs.
  • EHS 301 Cooperative Education - 0–3 hrs.
  • ETE 499 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (required for FCST) - 10–13

Dietetics Major

Careers in health care, community and public health, wellness, foods science, foodservice, product development, food marketing, communication, and business consulting offer many diverse opportunities for graduates in this major. Students choosing the dietetic major will be enrolled in the didactic program in dietetics (DPD). The DPD at Bradley University is currently granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600. CADE is currently recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). Students who graduate from this program with a C or better in all FCS required courses will receive a verification statement that will allow them to pursue a CADE-accredited dietetic internship to take the national registration examination to become registered dietitians.

University Requirements

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in general education. Within the Math; Cultural Diversity and Social Forces; and Science categories, students in this concentration should choose the following:

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 104 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 150 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry - 2 hrs.

Family & Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hours

See “Family and Consumer Sciences Core” above.

Required Professional Work Experience

  • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics - 3 hrs.

Additional Required FCS Courses: 34 hours

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 407 Nutritional Assessment - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutrition Therapy - 4 hrs.

Required Supporting Courses: 27-30 hours

  • CHM 161 Organic-Biochemistry Laboratory for Health Sciences - 1 hr.
  • CHM 160 Fundamentals of Biochemistry - 2 hrs.
  • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 200 Human Anatomy and Physiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab - 2 hrs.
  • BIO 205 Pathophysiology - 3 hrs.
  • BMA 352 Management and Organization Theory - 3 hrs.
  • or PSY 310* Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
  • A 3-hour course in Learning Theory - 3 hrs.
  • Suggest: FCS 341 Human Development through the Lifespan or PSY 302 Psychology of Learning or PSY 304 Developmental Psychology
  • CHM 302 Medical Terminology - 1 hr.

* Prerequisites for PSY 310 are PSY 104 and PSY 205 or equivalent, which may increase the total hours of required supporting courses. 

Required Certificate

Certificate in Food Service Sanitation by State of Illinois; to be completed before enrolling in FCS 405 and FCS 408. Proof of liability insurance is required for students enrolling in FCS 405 and 408.

Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Major

Careers in wellness, foods science, foodservice, product development, food marketing, communication, and business consulting offer many diverse opportunities for graduates in this major. The Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness major offers a flexible professional program for the pursuit of entry level careers in foods and nutrition. Students completing the Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness major will not be eligible to pursue dietetic internships and become registered dietitians. Students interesting in becoming registered dietitians must complete the Dietetics Major described above.

University Requirements

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in general education. Within the Math; Cultural Diversity and Social Forces; and Science Categories, students in this concentration should choose the following:

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics or
  • ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 104 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • Another science course to meet the 6-hour requirement

Family and Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hours

See above for complete listing of FCS core.

Required Professional Work Experience

  • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics - 3 hrs.

Additional Required FCS Courses: 23 hours

1. Required:

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health care - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.

2. Select 10 hours from the following:

  • FCS 203 Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 304 Sports and Exercise Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 410* Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411* Medical Nutrition Therapy - 4 hrs.

* Some courses require prerequisites which will add additional hours.

Required Supporting Course: 6-7 hours

  • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology 3–4
  • BIO 200 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3

Required Certificate

Certificate in Food Service Sanitation by State of Illinois; to be completed before enrolling in FCS 405 and FCS 408. Proof of liability insurance is required for students enrolling in FCS 405 and 408.

Required Minor: 12-23 hours

The student choosing a concentration in Foods and Nutrition is allowed sufficient curriculum flexibility to specialize in a particular area of interest including public and community nutrition, nutrition and wellness, or foodservice management. Guided by the interest of the student, a minor to support the student’s career goals will be incorporated into the degree plan. Depending on the minor chosen, 12-23 hours of minor coursework will be required.

General Family and Consumer Sciences

This flexible curriculum is designed for students who have interest areas in family and consumer sciences other than specific majors offered by the department at Bradley University. Examples of interest areas appropriate for this major include foods, nutrition, apparel, textiles, living environments, child development and family relationships, or careers in cooperative extension services. The major requires a minimum of 38 Family and Consumer Sciences hours, including the Family and Consumer Sciences core.

University Requirements

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in General Education. Within the Cultural Diversity and Social Forces General Education category, students in this major should choose the following:

  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics
  • or
  • ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 104 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.

Family and Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hours

See above for complete listing of FCS core.

Required Professional Work Experience

Choose one of the following:

  • FCS 460 Family and Consumer Sciences Internship - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics - 3 hrs.
  • EHS 301 Cooperative Education Internship - 0–3 hrs.

Additional Required FCS courses:

1. Foods and Nutrition (choose at least two)

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 203 Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 304 Sports and Exercise Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 406 Issues and Trends in Foods and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 407 Nutritional Assessment - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutrition Therapy - 4 hrs.

2. Clothing and Textiles (choose at least two)

  • FCS 130 Clothing in Contemporary Society - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 231 Pattern Making - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 235 Apparel Product and Development - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 331 Fashion Merchandising Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • FCS 332 Advanced Clothing Construction - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 333 Advanced Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 338 International Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 433 Issues and Trends in Apparel and Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 438 Global Trends in Apparel and Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 536 World of Fashion - 3 hrs.

3. Human Ecology (choose at least two)

  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • **FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 357 Housing and Interior Design - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 359 Applied Projects in Interior Design - 3 hrs.

4. Child/Family (choose at least two)

  • **FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 342 Child Development Laboratory - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 440 Family Relations (choice within core) 3

Total FCS hours for the major: 38 hours

*Some courses require prerequisites that will add additional hours.
**FCS Core Requirement

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Students who choose the family and consumer sciences education program (FCST) can meet Illinois certification requirements for teaching family and consumer sciences in junior and senior high schools. Graduates receiving certification have found employment in public schools throughout the United States.

All students must complete the family and consumer sciences core. Student teaching (ETE 499) fulfills the professional work experience requirement. As in any good program, revisions are being made continually; students should consult the Department of Teacher Education chair about current program requirements. Secondary education teacher candidates should refer to the teacher education department for requirements in professional education courses for secondary education. Candidates will have an advisor in both Family and Consumer Sciences and in the Department of Teacher Education.

FCST Foundational Requirements

These courses are required for all secondary education majors in family and consumer sciences.

  • **FCS 140 Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences - 2 hrs.
  • **FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • **FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • **FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 342 Child Development Laboratory - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 440 Family Relations - 3 hrs.
  • **FCS 400 Sr. Seminar in Family & Consumer Sciences 1
    Total 18

**FCS Core Requirement

A minimum of 38 semester hours in family and consumer sciences, including the family and consumer sciences core, is required for all family and consumer sciences majors. Students should choose courses in the following concentrations:

Nutrition, and Wellness and Hospitality

Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 203 Health, Safety and Nutrition or FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems or FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.

Apparel and Textiles

Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

  • FCS 130 Clothing and Human Behavior - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 231 Pattern Making (3); or FCS 332 Advanced Clothing Construction (3); or FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising (3) and FCS 331 Fashion Show Production (1) 3 or 4
  • FCS 235 Apparel Product and Development - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 336 History of Fashion - 3 hrs.

Living Environments

Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • **FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • **FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 357 Housing and Interior Design - 3 hrs.

**FCS Core Requirement

Retail Merchandising

Graduates in this area are prepared for careers in merchandising, sales, operations, buying, and other related areas in the retail fashion industry. A minor in business management or marketing is required for this major.

University Requirements

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in General Education. Within the Math; Cultural Diversity and Social Forces; and Sciences categories, students in this major should choose the following courses:

  • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • ECO 100 or ECO 221 - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 104 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 38 hours in FCS courses.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Core - 12 hrs.

Required Professional Work Experience

  • FCS 460 Family & Consumer Sciences Internship - 3 hrs.

Additional Required FCS Courses: 31 hours
(must earn C or better in each of these courses)

  • FCS 130 Clothing and Human Behavior - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 235 Apparel Product Development and Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 331 Merchandising Lab - 1 hr.
  • FCS 333 Advanced Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotions - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 336 History of Fashion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 438 Global Issues of Textile and Apparel - 3 hrs.
  • FCS elective (FCS 338 or 357) - 3 hrs.

Required Supporting Courses: 6 hours

  • ART 227 Basic Graphic Design - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 381 Integrated Marketing Communications or COM 220 Advertising as Communication - 3 hrs.

Required Minor: Option I or Option II

Option I - 15 hours

A management minor described in this catalog under the Business Management and Administration Department, Foster College of Business Administration.

Option II - 15 hours

A marketing minor described in this catalog under the Marketing Department Foster College of Business Administration.

Family and Consumer Sciences Minor

The minor in family and consumer sciences enhances other career options, provides career flexibility, and enhances personal knowledge. This minor will allow students to choose courses within:

  • General Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics
  • Apparel and Textiles/Interior Design
  • Child Development/Family Relationships

Transfer policies for minors are the same as for family and consumer sciences majors. Prior approval of transfer credit must be secured from the chair of Family and Consumer Sciences. The requirements for a minor in family and consumer sciences are:

  1. A minimum of 17 semester hours in family and consumer sciences as specified below.
  2. Complete FCS 140, Intro. to Family & Consumer Sciences (2 hrs.) and FCS 300 Consumer Issues In America (3 hrs.)
  3. At least nine of the remaining 12 semester hours must be in Family and Consumer Sciences courses above the 100 level.
  4. No fewer than six of the remaining 12 semester hours must be in Family and Consumer Sciences courses at the 300 level or above. 


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