251 Agriculture Building, (307) 766-4145
FAX: (307) 766-5686
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/fcs
Department Head: Christine Wade
JENNIFER HARMON, B.S. Illinois State University 2009; M.S. The Ohio State University 2013; Ph.D. 2014; Associate Professor of Design, Merchandising, and Textiles 2021, 2015.
ERIN IRICK, B.S. Kansas State University 2000; M.S. 2006; Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 2013; Associate Professor of Design, Merchandising, and Textiles 2019, 2013.
ALYSSA McELWAIN, B.A. Kansas State University 2006; M.S. Purdue University 2008; Ph.D. Auburn University 2015; Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 2021, 2015.
CHRISTINE WADE, B.S. Willamette University 2001; M.S. University of Wyoming 2005; Ph.D. 2008; Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 2015, 2008
JILL KEITH, B.S. North Dakota State University 2000; M.S. Capella University 2009; Ph.D. North Dakota State University 2016; Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and Food/Dietetics 2016.
GRACE SHEARRER, B.S. University of Wyoming 2012; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin 2016. Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and Food/Dietetics 2020.
BERNARD STEINMAN, B.A. University of Washington 1991; M.S. Mississippi State University 2004; Ph.D. University of Southern California 2010; Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences 2015.
DIANNE BARDEN, B.S. University of Wisconsin - Stout 1980; M.A. Grand Canyon University 2004; Assistant Lecturer - Coordinator Distance Degree Programs 2006.
MARK BITTNER, B.S. 1989; M.S. University of Wyoming 1993; Senior Lecturer, Human Development and Family Sciences 2012, 2008, 1991.
SARAH LEE, B.A. and M.S. University of Wyoming 1981; 1996; Assistant Lecturer of Human Development and Family Sciences 2020.
MEGAN McGUFFEY SKINNER, B.S. University of Wyoming 2010; M.H.S. Boise State University 2014; Assistant Lecturer; Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics 2019.
TREVA SPROUT AHRENHOLTZ, B.S. 1993, 1997 University of Wyoming; M.S. 1995; Associate Lecturer, Design, Merchandising, and Textiles 2005, 2013.
Donna Brown, Bruce Cameron, Saul Feinman, Michael Liebman, Judith A. Powell, Rhoda Schantz, Virginia Vincenti, Mary Kay Wardlaw, Randolph R. Weigel, Karen Williams
Our mission is to enhance the physical, social, and economic well-being of individuals, families, and communities, emphasizing healthy and sustainable living across the lifespan. We fulfill our mission through instructional, research, and outreach/extension efforts that challenge, motivate, and inspire.
Family and Consumer Sciences integrates the fundamental components of human life-food, shelter, clothing, human relationships, and family-with larger societal systems. Through programs in textiles, apparel and design; food and nutrition; and human development and family sciences, our department prepares learners to meet the opportunities and challenges of today’s complex world.
All students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours that include a) University Studies requirements (USP); b) departmental core curriculum; and c) courses in one of the following concentrations: dietetics (application only), human nutrition and food, human development and family sciences, professional child development (online only), or one of the three career tracks in design, merchandising and textiles. Minors in apparel design, human development and family sciences, human nutrition, and interior design are also available.
Majors are required to pass all courses within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences with a grade of C or above. Students enrolled in family and consumer sciences minors are required to take all courses required for the minor for letter grade and complete each course with a grade of C or above.
All students applying for admission to the Professional Child Development concentration are required to complete a security screening before program entry. Students in the Human Development and Family Sciences concentration must complete their security screening upon declaration of their major. Failure to satisfactorily complete this requirement will result in the student being dropped from or denied entry to the program.
Family and Consumer Sciences Core Requirements
(Please click on link to review core requirements for all undergraduate majors).
Family and Consumer Sciences Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will be proficient in their concentration content as well as be able to effectively communicate (both written and orally), possess intellectual skills (such as critical and creative thinking and problem solving), and demonstrate appropriate levels of professionalism.
Family and Consumer Sciences Concentrations
Students should obtain and follow a degree plan for their chosen concentration. Standards established by several professional organizations require completion of specific courses in addition to the family and consumer sciences core and USP requirements. All students are assigned to a professional advisor and a faculty mentor. Students should work closely with their advisor to be sure all degree requirements are met. All concentrations are listed below.
Family and Consumer Sciences Minors
Required courses in the following minors in Family and Consumer Sciences must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a grade of C or above. All minors are listed below.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in human development and family sciences; human nutrition and food; or design, merchandising and textiles. The department also participates in an interdisciplinary degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition.
ProgramsBachelor of Science in Family and Consumer SciencesMaster of ScienceUndergraduate CertificatesMinorTeacher Certification