Department of Human Environmental Sciences

The Department of Human Environmental Sciences offers a masterís program with two concentrations: General Human Environmental Sciences and Dietetics. The first concentration is generalist in nature and based on a selected range of comprehensive courses. The Dietetics concentration incorporates a Dietetic Internship Program (DI) approved by the American Dietetic Association. The DI offers graduates of didactic programs in dietetics a post baccalaureate, clinically based practicum. Students completing the DI portion of concentration two are eligible to take the registration examination that leads to becoming a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). This option incorporates the DI practicum into an advanced degree program which will lead to an M.S. degree. For either concentration in the major, the shared objectives are to:

  1. Serve the needs of students within the region and within the state who desire advanced subject matter for personal and professional reasons.
  2. Provide an alternative program to highly specialized curricula available at other institutions in the state.
  3. Provide courses which permit students to form integrated concepts from distinct subject matter areas available in the department.
  4. Meet needs of students who require considerable non-traditional scheduling and flexible time frames to complete their degrees.
  5. Maintain high standards of expectation for quality and service to the students, the institutions, and the region.

Students must satisfy the university general requirements and the following requirements specific to the degree.

Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences

Resume of Degree Requirements

I. General Human Environmental Sciences Concentration: 30 semester hours

Human Environmental Sciences Courses -- 12
Courses selected in one or two areas of Human Environmental Sciences

Research Related Courses -- 6
HES 791 Research Methods (3)
Ed Eval 710 Educational Statistics or equiv. (3)

Supporting Courses -- 6
Courses selected according to studentís objective and with approval of studentís graduate committee.

Thesis Research/Human Environmental Sciences Electives for Non-Thesis -- 6
Thesis topic chosen must relate to an area in Human Environmental Sciences

A minimum of 70% of the degree requirements must be taken at the 700 level.

For Non-Thesis option, student will write a narrative, comprehensive exam covering major areas studied. Questions will be submitted by all members of studentís graduate committee. Final oral examination may be required by graduate committee.

II. Dietetic Concentration: 36 semester hours

Human Environmental Sciences Courses -- 12
Food Systems Management/Food Science (6)
Nutrition (6)

Research Related Courses -- 6
HES 791 Research Methods (3)
Ed Eval 710 Educational Statistics or equiv. (3)

Supporting Courses -- 12
Supervised Practice Component (Admission to DI is required):
Food Systems Management 714
Nutrition 724, 734
Nutrition 754, 764

Thesis Research or Electives -- 6
Must be related to dietetics

Requirements for Concentrations I and II in Human Environmental Sciences

Students who desire to complete requirements approved by the American Dietetic Association pursuant to achieving Registered Dietitian (RD) status may meet the objective by following either option within the degree program. Students who hold a B.S. degree in Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences Education may add occupational endorsements to their existing certificates while pursuing either option for the masterís degree. The supporting courses within the option should consist of courses in family and consumer sciences education which are required as work experiences for the endorsements.

The program of work for each candidate for the degree is individually designed to make use of the candidateís existing competencies and to supply the additional academic preparation necessary for meeting the agreed upon objectives. The program plan is filed with the Graduate Coordinator of Human Environmental Sciences.