BS in Human Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences

Degree Program Description

Students may tailor a plan of study using the BS in Human Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences. The options vary widely as students have many choices to meet their interests and career goals.  Every department within the College of Human Environmental Sciences focuses on aspects of improving the quality of life for people wherever they live and work.  This may be through improving the quality of the "built environment" or through improving health and wellness, or expanding financial literacy, as well as other areas of interest. 

Students interested in a BS in Human Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences will map out a plan of study and explore the career paths connected to that plan in concert with the advisor.  An important part of the advising process in the beginning will be to identify the goals and interests of the student to build a plan focused on the career path expectations.  The various certifications or credentials connected to the career path will guide the course selections for the emphasis. A few possible certifications include Certified Family Life Educator (National Council for Family Relations); AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor); or Certified Life Coach (CLC)

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Major Program Requirements

Program requirements include the General Education requirements, the University graduation requirements, the College of Human Environmental Sciences requirements for Intro to HES, Public Speaking, Statistics and three areas of concentration. 

The primary area of concentration must include courses from within one HES unit, and requires 18 hours, with six hours at the 3000-level or higher.  The second area of concentration must be chosen from other HES units and will require 15-18 hours, with six hours at the 3000-level or higher.  This area of study should complement the primary area and provide support for practical knowledge base.  The third area of concentration can include courses from HES, or from any other unit on campus that forms a cohesive and logical area of study to meet the student's academic and career interests, with six hours at the 3000-level or higher  The remaining general electives will be chosen to complete the minimum 120 hours required for the degree, (30 of the last 36 hours must be from MU courses).

General Education42
Major Requirements49
GN_HES 1100Introduction to Human Environmental Sciences1
Primary Concentration in HES (6 hrs must be 3000-4000 level)18
Secondary Concentration in HES (6 hrs must be 3000-4000 level)15-18
Supporting Area (6 hrs must be 3000-4000 level)12-15

Students will complete an internship or service learning experience for the capstone requirement. Students must maintain a term and cum GPA of at least 2.0, and may complete the program in 120 credit hours.  

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 10003Math Pathway3
Humanities/Fine Arts3Humanities/Fine Arts3
GN_HES 11001Writing Intensive (lower division)3
Primary Area3Primary Area3
Secondary Area3Supporting Area3
General Elective/Minor2 
 15 15
Second Year
Social Science (MO State Govt)3Humanities/Fine Arts3
BIO/Math/Physical Science3Social Science3
Primary Area3Primary Area3
Secondary Area3Supporting Area3
Supporting Area3Statistics3
 15 15
Third Year
Social Science3BIO/Math/Physical Science3
COMMUN 12003Secondary Area (3000+)3
Primary Area (3000+)3Supporting Area (3000+)3
Secondary Area3General Elective/Minor3
General Elective/Minor3General Elective/Minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Science with Lab3Capstone3
Primary Area (3000+)3Secondary Area (3000+)3
Supporting Area (3000+)3General Elective/Minor3
General Electives/Minor3General Elective/Minor3
General Electives/Minor3General Elective/Minor3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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