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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Human Environmental Sciences

Human Environmental Sciences provides science-based programs concerned with the interactions of individuals and families within multiple environmental contexts, including social, cultural, economic, and political. The specialized areas of study prepare graduates for professional roles through academic work, practicum or field experience, and research with a focus on improving quality of life for individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

There are three departments in the School of Human Environmental Sciences – Dietetics and Human Nutrition; Family Sciences; and Retailing and Tourism Management. Each department offers both undergraduate and graduate study.

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Undergraduate Programs in Human Environmental Sciences

The University of Kentucky grants the following degrees in the School of Human Environmental Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics and Family Financial Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Family Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles

Minor Offered

The following minor is available:

  • Family Sciences

Accreditations and Approvals

All undergraduate programs in the School of Human Environmental Sciences are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Additionally, all programs and facilities which can be accredited or approved have achieved that recognition:

  • Didactic and Coordinated Programs in Dietetics are both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • The Masters Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy (M.S. in Family Sciences) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Couple and Family Therapy Education (COACFTE). The program includes course work and clinical practicum required for licensure.

Unique Features of the School Facilities and Services

The School oversees the Research Center for Families and Children and the Family Center. The Family Center is a learning laboratory for students who provide services to students, staff, and community members. The Department of Retailing and Tourism Management oversees the Betty D. Eastin Costume Collection and the Textiles Quality Research Laboratory. The Department of Family Sciences includes two research labs. The Family Interaction Research Lab (FIRL) features equipment to measure family interactions, including psychological arousal and electrical brain activity. The Family Social Science Research Center includes equipment to complete random digit dialing research. The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition operates the Lemon Tree Restaurant and the Nutritional Assessment Laboratory.


Over fifty scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Information about scholarships is available from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Scholarship Office, N-8 Ag Science Building.


All students are assigned an advisor during their first semester in a program in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. For more information about programs or advising, contact:

Center for Student Success
N24 Ag. Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0091