College of Education
(GE) = Approved General Education Course
(WR) = Approved Writing Reinforcement Course
120 Introduction to Retailing, 3 credit hours
Organization and structure of fashion industry, emphasis on retailing and the design process.
150 Apparel Construction and Analysis, 3 credit hours
One lecture, two two-hour laboratories. Development of modern skills and techniques in clothing construction; clothing selection and consumer economics.
170 Introduction to Food Science and Preparation, 3 credit hours
Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory. Basic food science and technology; biotechnology; basic food safety and sanitation; culinary techniques in food preparation; food resources, time and meal management; role of food in the promotion of a healthy and enjoyable life-style.
181 Introduction to Dietetics, 1 credit hour
Introductory course detailing history of nutrition, dietetics, and The American Dietetic Association; dietetics program framework and connection to FCS; path to securing a dietetic internship and passage of Registration Exam; professional development as a health-care professional; and career planning.
201 Promotion Techniques, 3 credit hours
Foundations for retail promotion, including computer-aided design in space allocation.
205 Textiles, Materials, and Sources for Interior Design, 3 credit hours
Research and review of manufacturers’ products for residential and commercial interior design; textiles, fabrics, construction materials, finishes, measuring techniques, cost estimations, problem solving, and relationship building. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 102. Corequisite: FCS 209.
209 Historic Interiors, 3 credit hours
Basic study of historic furniture styles, architectural details, and ornamental motifs from antiquity to the mid-19th century. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 102. Corequisite: FCS 205.
211 Contemporary Interiors, 3 credit hours
Basic study of contemporary furniture styles, architectural details, and ornamental motifs from the mid-19th century to today. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 205 and 209. Corequisite: FCS 279.
212 Housing and Society, 3 credit hours
Housing related to human needs, design, environmental factors; housing selection, planning, construction; impact of government regulations on housing.
241 Professional Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences, 3 credit hours
Introduction to the integrative nature and conceptual foundations of family and consumer sciences.
254 International Retailing, 3 credit hours
Examination of principles of international trade related to retailing on a global basis.
265 Fashion Fundamentals, 3 credit hours
A survey of the fashion industry including the role of professionals, the fashion design process, fashion terminology, fashion designers, legislation, marketing and sales, garment styles and parts, fashion cycles and trends, impact of technology on the fashion industry, and the process of taking a design concept from idea to market.
279 Computer-Aided Design for Interiors I, 3 credit hours
Introduction to AutoCAD® including basic applications, construction document management, building systems, field measurements, and universal design principles and their integration. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 205 and 209. Corequisite: FCS 211.
281 Introduction to Nutrition, 3 credit hours
Food requirements, nutritive values; choice, use of food for maintenance and advancement of positive health; role of nutrients in human nutrition.
291 Individual and Family Development, 3 credit hours (GE)
Individual and family development throughout the life cycle, prenatal through the aging adult. Includes observation hours. Students may not receive credit for both this course and PSYC 306.
325 Professional Development, 3 credit hours
Professional development theory and application; professional values and goals, communication skills, ethics, image development, protocol; team building; decision making; career development; leadership development.
330 Consumer Economics, 3 credit hours (WR)
Effect of consumer on economy; consumer roles, problems; financial planning; factors to consider in purchasing goods and services for individuals and families; managing money, time, energy.
336 Technology in Retailing, 3 credit hours
An examination of electronic commerce as it pertains to retail merchandising.
350 Textiles, 3 credit hours
Two lectures. One two-hour laboratory. Textiles, fabrics and their uses; natural, man-made fabrics, fabric construction, yarns, finishes. Prerequisite: CHEM 100 or consent of instructor.
360 Merchandise Planning and Coordination, 3 credit hours
Planning, promotion, and coordination of merchandise activities. Prerequisite: AC 221.
373 Seminar in Dietetics, 1 credit hour
Overview of the American health-care system, policies, and administration; reimbursement issues in Medical Nutrition Therapy and outcomes-based research; guidance through application process for securing a dietetic internship. Open to majors only.
379 Computer-Aided Design for Interiors II, 3 credit hours
Application of concepts and procedures taught in FCS 279; continued development of interior design graphics and computer-aided drafting design skills. Includes reinforcement of conceptual drawings, sketch integration, isometric drawings, elevations, section details, 3-D drawings and attributes; reinforcement of power and communication, fire prevention and suppression, open office systems and application to construction documents. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 279, 393, 396, and 398. Corequisites: FCS 397 and 399.
382 Foodservice Systems Management, 3 credit hours
Management, organization, administration of various foodservice systems; emphasis on management theories, quality control, cost analysis, financial and human resources, interviewing and negotiating techniques, diversity issues, educational theory and techniques, development of educational materials, and employee education.
385 Nutrition and Metabolism I, 3 credit hours
Integration of physiological, biochemical, and chemical principles in an in-depth study of human nutrition and intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates and glucose utilization. Prerequisites: CHEM 101 and 102 and FCS 281. Corequisite: BIO 341 or 342.
389 Infant Development, 3 credit hours
Emotional, social, intellectual, and physical aspects of development, prenatal through early preschool (ages 0–3). Includes observation, methods, and practical experiences with infants, toddlers, and early pre-schoolers. Prerequisite: FCS 291 or consent of instructor.
391 Child Development, 3 credit hours (WR)
One-hour laboratory. Basic growth and development principles; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development; emphasis on children enrolled in Pre-K through middle school; directed observations and participation in Child Study Center and local preschool programs. Prerequisites: For FCS majors. FCS 291 and 389.
392 Methods of Teaching and Guidance in Child and Family Studies, 3 credit hours
Principles and methods of teaching in child and family programs; emphasis on guidance strategies, developmentally appropriate practice; active participation in programs meeting the needs of individuals and families across the life span. Observation and participation hours required. Prerequisites: FCS 391 and 494 or consent of instructor.
393 Building Codes and Universal Design, 3 credit hours
Development of comprehensive practical knowledge and skills related to building codes and universal design; practical approaches to providing interior environments that accommodate both universal and special-needs populations. Includes technical knowledge of fire prevention, suppression, and security. Focus on health, safety, and accessibility issues in interior design and their relationship to human behavior and analysis of the age- and ability-related needs and challenges faced by special-needs populations. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 211 and 279. Corequisites: FCS 396 and 398.
394 Administration of Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, 3 credit hours
Examination of functions of administrators in various programs related to family and consumer sciences. Includes speakers and field trips.
395 Internship in Residential Interiors, 3 credit hours
Supervised 5-week professional internship in residential interiors during summer between junior and senior years. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 397.
396 Construction Systems, 3 credit hours
Introduction to building systems including principles, concepts, selection, and application of construction processes, materials, finishes, and their synergies; interior lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, power, communication, acoustic systems, and their synergies; integration of principles of building systems, sustainable design, and human behavior; reinforcement of codes, standards, working drawings, and model building. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 279. Corequisites: FCS 393 and 398.
397 Lighting Interior Spaces, 3 credit hours
Application of principles of lighting design and the impact on interior spaces; analysis of environmental constraints, calculations, economics, design theory, technical and aesthetic properties as they relate to the interior environment; lighting systems and products based on social, cultural, and behavioral functions. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 398. Corequisites: FCS 379 and 399.
398 Residential Design I, 3 credit hours
Application of conceptual design to issues of programming and space planning in relation to user needs and behaviors in residential environments; includes needs of the physically challenged. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 279. Corequisites: FCS 393 and 396.
399 Residential Design II, 3 credit hours
Applied experiences with advanced design problems dealing with human activities in the living environment; programming, interior finish selection, specifications including cost estimates, solutions for building systems and products based on social, cultural, and behavioral functions. Emphasis on providing living and work environments that accommodate both universal and special-needs populations. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 398. Corequisites: FCS 379 and 397.
400 Adolescent and Young Adult Development, 3 credit hours
Theory and practice related to physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development of pre-adolescents through young adulthood. Prerequisites: FCS 291, 389, and 391.
402 Marriage and Family Relationships, 3 credit hours (GE)
Marriage and family, emphasis on interrelatedness of social institutions with the family; family functions, exploring future alternatives and implications. Students may not receive credit for both this course and SOC 250.
405 Adult Development and Aging, 3 credit hours
Perspectives on developmental issues in later life. Exploration of issues related to the adulthood and retirement years with special emphasis on processes and problems associated with growing older. Prerequisites: FCS 291, 389, 391, and 400.
415 Study Tour, 3–6 credit hours
Market, industrial, and cultural tour to producers, designers, and publishers in clothing, textiles, and home furnishings in New York, Chicago, Dallas, North Carolina, or Europe. Offered as needed.
451 Retail Planning, 3 credit hours (WR)
Practices, policies, and design of retail businesses, emphasis on merchandising and role of the consumer. Course is built on cumulative study of accounting, marketing, management, economics, and family and consumer sciences merchandising. Majors only. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.0 GPA.
452 Clothing Design—Flat Pattern, 3 credit hours
One lecture. Two two-hour laboratories. Flat pattern techniques in costume design. Offered as needed.
453 Clothing Design—Draping, 3 credit hours
One lecture. Two two-hour laboratories. Draping techniques in costume design. Students execute their original designs. Offered as needed.
454 Commercial Design I, 3 credit hours
Extension of knowledge and skills gained through integration of conceptual diagrams, sketches, space and activity planning, advanced interior design graphics and computer-aided drafting design, business documents, material and finish specifications. Additional reinforcement of sustainable design concepts and application to building systems including fire prevention and suppression, security systems; advanced programming and problem solving, space planning, open-office systems, building codes, and universal design. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 379 and 397. Corequisite: FCS 456.
455 Commercial Design II, 3 credit hours
Further study of commercial design. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 454 and 456. Corequisite: FCS 458.
456 Interior Design as a Business, 3 credit hours
Business principles, practices, procedures, and responsibilities applied to interior design. Includes ethics of an interior designer, client relationships, establishing a design business, and other pertinent topics. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS. 395. Corequisite: FCS 454.
457 Portfolio Review, 3 credit hours
Preparation of a professional portfolio; exploration of job-search process including interview techniques, business etiquette, professional resumé preparation; current issues within the interior design work environment. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 455.
458 NCIDQ Review, 3 credit hours
Extensive information related to the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination required by the state of Alabama for Interior Design Registration. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisites: FCS 454 and 456. Corequisite: FCS 455.
460 Problems in Family and Consumer Sciences, 1–6 credit hours
Students select problem with approval of chairman and work with guidance and supervision of an assigned faculty member. Hours to be arranged.
461 Supervised Internship, 6 credit hours
Off-campus experience in business for eight weeks or 320 hours; includes full-time work in a program developed by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and store personnel. Majors only. Students must have senior standing, be within two semesters of graduation, and have at least a 2.0 GPA.
462 Professional Internship, 6 credit hours
Supervised work experiences for eight weeks or 320 hours in approved community programs for children, youth, adults, and families. Prerequisites: FCS 291, 391, 392, and 494. Students must have senior standing, be within two semesters of graduation, and have at least a 2.0 GPA.
464 Child and Elder Care Programs and Services, 3 credit hours
Strategies and procedures required for operation of quality child- and elder-care services programs including organizational structure, personnel policies and procedures, program administration, business practices, grant writing, and meeting needs with developmentally appropriate facilities and activities. Prerequisites: FCS 291 and 391.
470 Experimental Study of Foods, 3 credit hours (WR)
Factors affecting the functions of various ingredients in foods, including proportions, temperatures, preparation techniques, utensil selection, and ingredient substitutions. Students use food-science knowledge to plan, conduct, and report about an individual experiment. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 and FCS 170 and 281.
472 Quantity Foods, 3 credit hours
Two lectures. One two-hour laboratory. Planning, procuring, storing, producing, and serving foods for families and commercial production, emphasis on nutritional needs, culture, socioeconomic levels, safety, sanitation, management. Prerequisite: FCS 170.
480 Nutrition and Metabolism II, 3 credit hours
Integration of physiological, biochemical, and chemical principles in an in-depth study of human nutrition and intermediary metabolism of lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Prerequisites: BIO 341 and 342 and FCS 385.
481 Nutrition and Metabolism III, 3 credit hours
Integration of physiological, biochemical, and chemical principles in an in-depth study of human nutrition and intermediary metabolism of vitamins and minerals. Prerequisites: BIO 341 and 342 and FCS 480.
482 Nutrition Care Process I, 3 credit hours
Foundations of client interviewing and counseling, methods of education, health behavior concepts, nutrition assessment, documentation techniques, medical terminology, weight management, eating disorders, fluid and electrolyte balance, diabetes, and tube feeding. Prerequisites: BIO 341 and 342 and FCS 385.
483 Nutrition Care Process II, 3 credit hours
Application of clinical nutrition foundations to disease systems; case-study approach to medical nutrition therapy. Prerequisite: FCS 482.
485 Life Cycle and Community Nutrition, 3 credit hours
Human nutrition needs from conception through old age; emphasis on nutrition services and resources available in a community for individuals of all ages. Prerequisite: FCS 281 or equivalent.
491 Methods and Materials for Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences, 3 credit hours
Strategies and methods for teaching family and consumer sciences career connections and family-life programs in middle- and secondary-school settings; organization, administration, and assessment of career/technical programs including project-based learning, student organizations, advisory committees, business/industry certification, workplace applications, and career portfolio development. Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP.
494 Implementation of Early Childhood Programs, 3 credit hours
Organizing, planning, evaluating various programs for young children. Supervised experiences with 3- and 4-year-old children in Child Study Center and other early-childhood education programs (Pre-K). Prerequisites for child and family studies concentration: FCS 291 and 391.
495 Internship in Commercial Interiors, 3 credit hours
Supervised 5-week professional internship in commercial interiors during summer after the senior year. Open only to interior design concentration students. Prerequisite: FCS 455.