Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS Program of Study

The Family and Consumer Sciences concentration provides students with a focus on consumer and family well-being, growth and development of family members, and the relationship of households to their environment. The concentration is interdisciplinary, bringing together courses in human development, family studies, nutrition and foods, consumer sciences, apparel and merchandising, and design and merchandising.

Graduates career opportunities include: cooperative extension/agent; consumer program development; consultant; product designer; product representative; consumer information specialist; customer assurance specialist; writer/developer of informational or educational materials; entrepreneur; governmental, community, and non-profit agency worker; and Peace Corps volunteer.

It is highly recommended that students participate in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative extension opportunities to enhance their practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible professional positions.

Family and Consumer Sciences is a quality undergraduate program consistent with the contemporary land-grant mission and its heritage as it integrates teaching, research, and service to impact student learning. The program integrates on-campus and off-campus student experiences to meet evolving needs of families and communities.

Colorado State University’s Family and Consumer Sciences program includes general education courses, subject matter courses, and elective courses to enhance personal and professional development.

Students completing the program meet the requirements for a bachelor’s of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences . Our undergraduate program provides a strong foundation for graduate work. Graduate degree opportunities are available in the School of Education or specific departments related to Family and Consumer Sciences (Food Science and Human Nutrition, Design and Merchandising, and Human Development and Family Studies).

Family and Consumer Sciences Program of Study

This program of study is for students interested in careers in Family and Consumer Sciences related to agencies, government, and businesses. Please see a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor on a regular basis.

Characteristics and Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Understand clients’ emotional and educational needs
  • Strong desire to help people and display compassion and empathy
  • Capability to be dependable and patient
  • Creativity and self-motivation
  • Interested in issues affecting individuals, families, and consumers

Quote – "I chose this major because it encompassed the things I am most interested in and brought them together in a package with considerable career flexibility. By participating in an internship, I developed professional skills I couldn’t gain in the classroom, networked with many Family and Consumer Science professionals, and positioned myself for my future." - Family and Consumer Sciences major