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2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) - BS

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College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education

The program trains students to become family and consumer science teachers in middle and high schools through a well-rounded curriculum in teaching content areas.

The major includes study in nutrition, dietetics and food sciences; family and human development; interior design; apparel and textiles; and consumer sciences. Many states, including Utah, require a master’s degree to work for extension.

In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school. This program is administered by USU’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Student must apply to the School of TEAL the semester before taking STEP courses. This is usually the fall of their junior year. Students learn subject content through the School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education and spend the last year or two studying education techniques through the STEP program.

University Studies-Competency

Note:  alternatively, competency requirements may be fulfilled though testing.  See the General Education requirements  for further information.

University Studies-Breadth

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in breadth courses, including one course from each of the six categories (BAI, BCA, BHU, BLS, BPS, and BSS). At least two of these six courses must have a USU prefix.  

University Studies-Depth

 Two Communications Intensive (CI) courses and one Quantitative Intensive (QI) course are required 

  •   and   will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  •   will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement

Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education major must also take one Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) course and one Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) course.

  •   will fulfill the DHA requirement
  •   will fulfill the DSC requirement

The following courses are required for the Family and Consumer Sciences Major. For admission into the Secondary Teacher Education Program, students will need to meet minimum grade requirements, found at teal.usu.edu/htm/undergraduate-programs/seced/adstep.

Major Required Courses (92 credits)

A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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