College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

Course Descriptions

HEC 1005 - Introduction to Human Ecology

Lec. 1. Credit 1.
History, philosophy, trends and professional issues for the discipline of Human Ecology/Family and Consumer Sciences. Exploration of career opportunities and connection to professional organizations.

HEC 1010 - Life Span Development

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Development of individuals and families across the life span and factors that influence this development. Focus on biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional processes.

HEC 1020 - Social and Professional Etiquette

Lec. 1. Credit 1.
Appropriate social and professional standards of behavior as applied to the family, community and workplace environments.

HEC 1030 - Introduction to Nutrition

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Principles of basic nutrition for personal lifestyle choices and selection of foods for promotion and maintenance of health throughout the lifespan.

HEC 1300 - Clothing Construction

Lec. 1. Lab. 4. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Human Ecology major or Fine Arts major-Fiber Arts concentration. Theories of apparel construction, principles of fitting, and their application to garment construction.

HEC 2020 - Nutrition for Health Sciences

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Completion of 15 credit hours. Principles of nutrition. Emphasis upon the function, food sources, recommended intake and assimilation of each of the six nutrient classes. HEC 1030 cannot be substituted for HEC 2020.

HEC 2031 - Aspects of Dress

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Cultural, social, psychological, physical, and economic aspects of dress.

HEC 2041 - Aspects of Housing and Furnishings

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Designed environment with emphasis on interior components of the house and the impact on individuals and families.

HEC 2065 - Families in Society

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
The family as a social system. Exploration of ecological systems perspective to understand family-community relationships, including emphasis on children with special needs. Identify globalization of societal trends affecting families. HEC 2065 is not a substitute for HEC 2060.

HEC 2200 - Development of Young Children: Conception to Age 9

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Basic principles and theories of child development from conception to age six, with emphasis on hereditary and environmental factors influencing development, and the importance of developmentally appropriate practices. Course includes approximately 8-10 hours of case study with a child below the age of six.

HEC 2220 - Medical Terminology for the Human Sciences

Credit 1.
Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology course. This course provides students with an understanding of the terminology used in health care and wellness programs.

HEC 2240 - Food Preparation and Management

Lec. 2. Lab. 4. Credit 4.
Prerequisite or corequisite: HEC 1030 or HEC 2020. Scientific principles of food preparation and management including standard techniques, nutrient retention, menu planning, food purchasing, and meal service.

HEC 2250 - Child Life Theory and Practice

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Introduction to the field of child life, the role of the child life specialist in healthcare, theory, professional practices, overview of Child Life Council and certification process. Course is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

HEC 2300 - Tailoring

Lec. 1. Lab. 4. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 1300. Evaluation and use of tailoring techniques in the selection, fitting, and construction of garments.

HEC 2311 - Practicum: Merchandising and Design

Credit 1.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Work experience in a fashion merchandising setting.

HEC 2320 - Analysis of Apparel and Furnishings

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 1300. Study and evaluation of apparel and home furnishing products used by individuals and families.

HEC 2411 - Practicum: Housing and Design

Credit 1.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Applied service learning and work experience in a housing and design setting.

HEC 2421 - Architectural Graphics and Presentation Techniques

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2041. Basic architectural drafting including graphics and symbols for residential floor plans and light construction.

HEC 2431 - Residential Design I

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in HEC 2421. Fundamental execution of residential design problems including perspectives, floor plans and renderings using both hand and computer techniques.

HEC 2440 - Computer Aided Design of Residences

Lec. 1. Lab. 4. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2421. An introduction to concepts and methods of computer-aided design in residences.

HEC 2460 - Interior Architecture Codes and Standards

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Prerequisite: HEC 2421. Survey of interior architecture codes and standards including their application and implementation as required by law.

HEC 2510 - Creative Play

Lec. 2. Lab. 1. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 1010 or HEC 2200. Emphasis on the importance of play as related to developmental levels of young children (birth-9 years old) and to appropriate settings

HEC 2550 - Children in Health Care

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Explore children and families’ experiences and reactions to healthcare encounters. Meeting children and families psychosocial needs during healthcare experiences.

HEC 2800 - Introduction to Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Responsibilities of the family and consumer sciences teacher in the secondary school. Includes observation and participation in local schools.

HEC 3011 - Consumer Economics

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior. Management of individual and family resources with emphasis on the production, allocation and consumption of goods and services.

HEC 3066 - Family Violence across the Lifespan

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
A comprehensive review of family violence, abuse and maltreatment across the lifespan using a systems/ecological perspective.

HEC 3201 - Community Nutrition

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 1030 or HEC 2020. Cultural food patterns; nutrition education assessment, implementation, and evaluation of community needs at local level; and the study of delivery systems of nutrition services at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

HEC 3240 - Quantity Food Production

Lec. 2. Lab. 4. Credit 4.
Prerequisite: HEC 2240, three semester hours of math. Management and preparation of quality food in quantity, menu planning, recipe standardization, procurement, safety, sanitation, and food costing.

HEC 3270 - Nutrition in Disease

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in HEC 2020 and BIOL 2350 and admission to the HEC-DPD program. Principles of clinical nutrition relative to prevention and treatment of disease with dietary modifications.

HEC 3290 - Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 1030 or HEC 2020. Nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, from preconception through the end of life. Review of nutrient and energy needs, assessment of nutritional status and consequences of inadequate nutrition at each stage of life.

HEC 3300 - Flat Pattern

Lec. 1. Lab. 4. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 1300. Apparel design from sketching to pattern making to garment completion.

HEC 3305 - Fashion Forecasting

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Theories, frameworks, practices, data collection, strategic planning, development, presentation, and evaluation of the fashion forecast.

HEC 3310 - Textiles I

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in HEC 2031, CHEM 1010, CHEM 1020. Fibers, yarns, fabrics, finishes, and applied design related to the selection, evaluation, use and care of textile products.

HEC 3320 - Textiles II

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in HEC 3310. Problems involving fiber and fabric identification, textile performance, end-use and care, legislation and standardization in the textile/apparel industry.

HEC 3350 - Merchandising I

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2031. Introduction to the merchandising of apparel and home furnishing products.

HEC 3431 - Residential Design II

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in HEC 2431. Space planning of residences with emphasis on presentations through floor plans, elevations, perspectives, and sample boards.

HEC 3500 - Development: Middle Childhood/Adolescence

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Basic principles of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in middle childhood and adolescence; ages six through eighteen. Addresses factors that contribute to challenges in middle childhood and adolescent development.

HEC 3520 - Parent Education and Child Guidance

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Prerequisite: HEC 2200 with a grade of C or better. Parental involvement in the education of children; communication, decision-making, and the learning-valuing process.

HEC 3550 - Child Life Assessment of Children and Families

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2250, HEC 2550. Child Life assessment techniques for children and families in healthcare including groups of children, signs of stress, and documentation of assessment.

HEC 3560 - Child Life Intervention Strategies

Lec. 2, Lab. 1. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 3550. Child Life clinical and play interventions to meet the needs of children and families during health care experiences.

HEC 3565 - End of Life Application for Children & Families

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2065 and HEC 2200; junior or senior standing. End of life topics including loss, death, grief, and bereavement with focused application on children and families. Developmentally based psychosocial care.

HEC 3570 - Child Life Practicum

Credit 1.
Prerequisite or corequisite: HEC 3560. Applied service learning experience with children and families in a healthcare setting.

HEC 3591 - Child Life Clinical Preparation

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Corequisite: HEC 3550. Preparation for child life practicum and clinical experience including application deadlines and process, on-site or phone interviews, content areas to discuss, and communicating for success in earning a service learning placement in a pediatric health care setting. Emphasis on internship and practicum expectations set by Child Life Council.

HEC 3660 - Interpersonal Relationships

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2060 or HEC 2065. An in-depth exploration into the diverse and multidisciplinary field of interpersonal relationships.

HEC 3700 - Development: Young Adulthood/Aging

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC major, junior or senior classification. Development and change from young adulthood through aging. Programs serving adults and the aging population.

HEC 3805 - Materials and Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and 20 hours of human ecology courses. Selection, use and evaluation of learning experiences and materials, programming planning. Information regarding occupational licensure.

HEC 3812 - Practicum in Family and Consumer Sciences

Lab. 4. Credit 2.
Prerequisite or corequisite: HEC 3805. Observation and supervised teaching and participation in Family and Consumer Sciences Educational settings.

HEC 4005 - Senior Seminar in Human Ecology

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Prerequisite: Second semester junior or senior, major in Human Ecology with 35 credits earned in Human Ecology. Global interdependence, resource sustainability, use of technology, public policy and advocacy in a capstone project.

HEC 4065 - Social Policy for Children and Families

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2065. An understanding of the legal issues, policies and laws influencing the well-being of children and families.

HEC 4200 - Advanced Nutrition

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2020, CHEM 3005, and BIOL 2350, admission to the HEC-DPD program. Interrelationships of nutrients in metabolism at the cellular level. Current issues in nutrition.

HEC 4242 - Food Systems Administration

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2240 and HEC 3240. Systems approach to food service management; facilities, financial, personnel, equipment, and legal issues in food service.

HEC 4271 - Medical Nutrition Therapy

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 3270. Prerequisite or corequisite: HEC 4200. Medical nutrition therapy and nutritional status assessment.

HEC 4272 - Clinical Dietetics

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 4200, HEC 4271, HEC major, and senior standing. Application of medical nutrition therapy in a supervised environment and practice setting.

HEC 4300 - Draping

Lec. 1. Lab 4. Credit 3.
Discovery and application of draping techniques for apparel design and pattern making.

HEC 4301 - Computer Aided Apparel Design

Lec. 1. Lab. 4. Credit 3.
Development and application of garment design and construction techniques using CAD software.

HEC 4320 - Merchandise Promotion and Advertising

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 3350. Communication of product information through special promotions and advertisements.

HEC 4340 - History of Dress

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2031. Study of dress and adornment from ancient times to present day.

HEC 4360 - Merchandising II

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 3350, MATH 1010. Principles of merchandising including merchandise planning and decision making. Emphasis on the role of the buyer in case studies.

HEC 4450 - Commercial Design

Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Three credits in Math, SPCH 2410, and HEC 2440, Grade of C or better in HEC 3431. Various media for planning and rendering interior spaces for the commercial environment. Portfolio preparation and visual developmental skills are attained. Submission of resume and portfolio.

HEC 4460 - Historical and Contemporary Architecture and Furnishings

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2041. Overview of architecture, interior design, and furnishings from Ancient Egyptian period to present.

HEC 4550 - Professional Aspects of Child Life

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 3560. Professionalism, program development including administration, research methods appropriate to child life clinical practice, and various roles of supervision within the field of Child Life in preparation for a Child Life internship and the national certification exam.

HEC 4590 - Clinical Child Life Experience

Credit 12.

HEC 4600 - Theories in Family Development and Relationships

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC Major/Junior or senior classification. Examination of existing theoretical frameworks to provide a context for understanding contemporary families in the complex social world. Family development and relationships, diversity in contemporary settings is emphasized; application of a framework in analysis of interaction and the dynamics of families.

HEC 4610 - Families: Normative/Catastrophic Issues

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; HEC 2065. In depth study of family stress and effective coping mechanisms that relate to normative transitions and crisis events.

HEC 4630 - Family Life Education

Lec. 3. Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 2060 or HEC 2065; Junior or Senior standing in Human Ecology. An understanding of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education in conjunction with the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate such educational programs.

HEC 4871 - Residency I

Credit 5.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: HEC 4872. Performance based clinical experience in authentic settings involving planning appropriate instruction based on student’s needs, creating a positive learning environment, communicating and collaborating with colleagues and others, effectively assessing student learning and reflecting on practice.

A grade of B is required to meet degree requirements.

HEC 4872 - Professional Seminar I

Credit 5.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: HEC 4871. Residency I candidates will develop engaging strategies that support and meet the needs of all learners. Candidates will identify and learn to implement engaging strategies related to students’ developmental, cultural and socioeconomic factors.

HEC 4881 - Residency II

Credit 10.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program. HEC 4871 with a grade of B. Corequisite: HEC 4882. Performance based full time clinical experience in authentic settings involving planning appropriate instruction based on student’s needs, demonstrating effective instructional strategies, creating a positive learning environment, communicating and collaborating with colleagues and others, effectively assessing student learning and reflecting on practice.

A grade of B is required to meet degree requirements.

HEC 4882 - Professional Seminar II

Credit 2.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: HEC 4881. Seminar for residency II candidates supporting professional development in areas of planning, assessment, instruction, classroom management, communication and reflection.

HEC 4940 - Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness

Lec. 2. Credit 2.
Prerequisite: HEC 1030 or HEC 2020. Basic principles of wellness promotion through exercise and nutrition: assessment and intervention strategies are included.

HEC 4990 - Internship 6, 8, 12

Credit 3, 6, 8, 12.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Minimum overall GPA 2.5. Minimum grade of B in upper division Human Ecology courses. Supervised practical experience in a variety of professional settings.

See the HEC 4990 Internship Manual, Additional Information Section, regarding criteria including student eligibility and responsibilities and work requirements for HEC Internships and Field Experiences.

HEC 4994 - Field Experience—Health Care

Credit 3.
Prerequisite: HEC 4242, HEC 4272, and senior standing. Supervised work experience in a health care facility to develop medical nutrition therapy skills. Course may be repeated one time.

HEC 4995 - Field Experience—Food Systems

Credit 6.
Prerequisite: HEC 4242, HEC major, senior standing. Supervised work experience in a food related organization for application of food service, inspection, or quality control skills. Course may be repeated one time.