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Undergraduate Major in Human Service and Consumer Sciences

Two degree programs are offered by the Department of Human Services and Consumer Sciences at the undergraduate level:
  • The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • The Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Consumer Sciences with track options in:
    - Child and Family Development
    - Family and Consumer Sciences
    - Food and Nutrition

Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
The accreditation of Texas Southern University’s nutrition and dietetics education program has been placed on probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. For an explanation of probationary status, consult the director of the nutrition and dietetics program.

The program is on Probation with a reduced accreditation term ending April 10, 2019. Please be advised that students currently enrolled in the program or enrolled when the program is on Probation will be considered graduates of an accredited program pending graduation.

Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to apply for admission into an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (dietetic internship - DI). After successfully completing a DI, students/interns are eligible to take the registration exam for dietitians/nutritionists to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN). The DPD at Texas Southern University (TSU) admits students into the program that is seeking a Bachelor's or a Master's degree. Post-baccalaureate students who are interested in completing only the didactic courses (DPD) are also admitted. Registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, disease prevention and management. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice. RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Child and Family Development
The area of Child and Family Development focuses on growth throughout the life span as well as family dynamics and the impact thereof on individual family members. This exciting program prepares individuals for entrepreneurial and other professional careers in agencies, institutions, and programs that focus on services for children, youth, adults and families. Some career options include: family and community extension agents; case workers; parent educators; family-child educators; recreation workers/play therapists (with extended practicum hours in a certified program); civil servants in family service units of police departments; early childhood professionals in private, parochial, and public schools (with certification); and owners/directors of schools for young children.

Students pursuing the Child and Family Development option must complete 120 semester hours.
The Bachelor of Science in HSCS: Family and Consumer Sciences
Courses in this holistic area of study focus on providing opportunities for the development of competence in family and consumer program development and leadership. In addition, students may opt to receive certification in Human Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. Career options include secondary Child Development Directorships or Family and Consumer Sciences teacher certification in cooperation with the College of Education; for the family and consumer sciences non-certification option…..extension and adult program development/directorships; consumer counseling; eldercare…service providers, directors, entrepreneurs; and customer service representatives.

Students pursuing this option must complete 120 hours for the non-certification track in Family and Consumer Sciences; 126 hours for the certification track in Family and Consumer Sciences; and/or 125 semester hours for the certification track in Human Development.
The Bachlor of Science in HSCS: Food and Nutrition
The Foods and Nutrition program emphasis is designed for persons desirous of pursuing careers as food production managers, and supervisors; health/food inspectors; caterers; hotel and restaurant managers, hospitality hosts; and food service supervisors/managers in institutional and cafeteria settings.

Completion of the Food and Nutrition option in Human Services and Consumer Sciences requires 120 hours. Students entering this area should have some background in chemistry and science. Interested students will be involved in clinical experiences in hospital and community settings under the supervision of registered, licensed dietitians as well as classroom lecture courses and food labs.

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