Dr. Sue G. Byrd, Chair
340B Gooch Hall
(901) 881-7100


Sue G. Byrd, Martha C. Herndon, Lisa C. LeBleu, Mary E. Mohs, Jeffery C. Plant


The mission of the Department of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Tennessee at Martin is twofold. The primary mission is to prepare professionals who help promote a better quality of life for individuals and families, making it easier for them to be informed users of resources. Emphasis is placed on students developing a multicultural/international perspective and a commitment to utilize one's education to enhance the interrelationships of people and their diverse social, economic and physical environment.

Highly qualified faculty and modern classroom and laboratory facilities enable students to gain knowledge and experience essential to a career in the profession. These facilities include a state-of-the-art Children's Center and a Child and Family Resource Center, which provide opportunities for observation of young children, practical experience for working with children in early childhood programs and extended community service. Grant programs operated through the department provide additional resources for students to observe child and family services provided in the region.

The Department of Human Environmental Sciences offers an integrated program, generalist in nature and based on a selected range of comprehensive courses which are unique to human environmental sciences. A required common core of courses encompassing selected areas of human environmental sciences is a foundation for orientation and professional development specific to the field. The general education component consists of courses from traditional liberal arts and other disciplines which most logically provide theoretical bases for applications in human environmental sciences. The student's specialization comes through declaration of a concentration area and the careful selection of elective courses and the field experience. Among these concentrations, the department offers a dietetics concentration, approved by the American Dietetic Association, preparing the student for preprofessional training leading to the credential, registered dietitian (RD).

The curriculum in human environmental sciences is designed to enable the graduate to define, analyze, and adapt obvious elements in the near environment to meet social, technical, economic, and diverse other needs of individuals and families. For graduates who wish further specialization, the curriculum prepares them for advanced training or degrees.

A complementary mission of the department is to provide service courses for individual and curricular needs for students outside the major. Service courses are also provided for enrichment and continuing education for professional and non-professional persons in the area. The twofold mission of the Department of Human Environmental Sciences exists in the two available degree programs: B.S. and M.S. with majors in human environmental sciences.


The Department of Human Environmental Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The undergraduate curriculum prepares students for the degree, Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. The major is called Human Environmental Sciences and offers three concentrations. The student will select one of the following concentrations.

Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences and Education

Option 1:Child & Family Studies
Option 2:Family & Consumer Sciences Education
Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising
Options Available:
Interior Design
Textiles, Clothing, and Fashion Merchandising

Human environmental sciences majors must earn a minimum grade of C in all required human environmental sciences subject matter courses. The student can complete the total number of 131 to 134 semester hours in four academic years (two semester terms per year) if the student schedules a regular course load of 16 to 18 hours each term. If a student needs to carry more than 20 hours at one time, special permission of the dean of the school is required.

Study beyond the B.S. degree is necessary to attain membership and credentials in certain professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Advanced degrees are required for leadership and specialist positions, for college teaching, and for many career promotions. The M.S. degree is described in the graduate section of the catalog.


A minor in human environmental sciences is available to non-majors by taking 18 hours of human environmental sciences courses. The minor incorporates nine semester hours of human environmental sciences core courses which provide a basis for nine semester hours of upper division electives. The minor consists of the following courses: Child Development and Family Relations 100 or Consumer Resource Management 202 (3), Nutrition 100 or Food Science 200 (3), Interior Design 100 or Textiles, Clothing, and Fashion Merchandising 202 (3), and selected courses for nine semester hours at the upper division. The electives should be approved by an advisor in the Department of Human Environmental Sciences. Three of the nine hours intended for electives may be at the lower division if a prerequisite is being satisfied for the remaining upper division courses.

Students majoring in Human Environmental Sciences are not required to complete a minor in a supporting academic discipline. However, human environmental sciences students have the option, and may elect to do so. The option for completing a minor is especially well suited to the concentration in human environmental sciences. The choice to complete a minor means that the student must comply with the stated guidelines for the selected minor. Additional hours may be needed in pursuing a minor.


Modern classroom and laboratory facilities are housed in Gooch Hall for almost all human environmental sciences courses. Separate facilities exist, serving as laboratories for courses in child development and family relationships. The Children's Center is a facility providing services designed for the social and educational enrichment of young children. A program called Ready-Set-Go is a kindergarten-readiness program. Services are also available at the Center for school-aged children after school.

The Child and Family Resource Center is another facility, housing the Infant Stimulation Program which provides services to preschool children who are developmentally delayed and their families. This program also has a second location in Paris. Students interested in careers in this field do observations at these facilities.

Other specially funded programs which are a part of the Department of Human Environmental Sciences include: Tennessee's Early Intervention Program-coordinating services for families in Northwest Tennessee; Parent Education and Children's Health Program-providing parenting education to the general public; Healthy Start Program-providing parent education for first time parents; and Northwest Disabilities Awareness Network.


UT Martin Human Environmental Sciences students are active in the Preprofessional/Graduate Student Group of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Fashion Merchandising Association, the Interior Design Group and the Student Dietetic Association. These organizations provide opportunities for students to interact socially and professionally.


A supervised field experience or an undergraduate internship may be selected by the student with the intent of developing specialization in one's preferred career. A student must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average in order to enroll in field experience. For students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, the supervised field experience is supervised student teaching.


Common to all Human Environmental Sciences concentrations is a core component consisting of the following courses:

Core Component Courses

Total Hours: 17

In each concentration a certain number of hours is to be completed in electives selected from the humanities. Acceptable for this requirement are courses in the following areas:

Humanities Elective Courses

Certain foreign language courses (those listed in catalog as not acceptable for foreign language credit)

The additional degree requirements for each program are identified on the following pages.


Description of Courses