Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.F.C.S.) Major in Nutrition and Foods (Teacher Certification in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Sciences, Grades Eight through Twelve)

Minimum required: 122 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. In addition to general education core curriculum and degree requirements, this major is required to take specialized courses including biology and food systems, food science, nutritional assessment, physiology and nutrition, wellness and fitness, lifespan nutrition, food service management and hospitality.
  3. A minor in Education is required for this major. Courses for the minor in Education are included in the following degree plan. 
  4. Students participate in FCS 4681 student teaching for pre-professional experience and an internship.
  5. In addition to the degree and major requirements, students must also complete 12 hours of professional sequence courses through the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to FCS 4681.
  6. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have an Overall GPA of at least 2.75, as well as grades of “C” or better in all courses within the Major(s), Teaching Field(s), Certification area(s), and/or in the Education Minor.
  7. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  8. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  9. If two years of the same modern language are taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of modern language taken in high school, then two semesters of the same modern language (1410 and 1420) must be taken at the college level, and the requirement will be added to the student's degree audit.
  10. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001Communication Component Code 0103
Communication Component Code 0103CHEM 1341 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN CHEM 1311])3
BIO 1330 ([TCCN BIOL 1306])3CHEM 1141 (TCCN CHEM 1111)1
BIO 1130 (TCCN BIOL 1106)1NUTR 13623
MATH 1315 or 1319 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 1314 or 1324])3NUTR 11621
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3Government/Political Science Component Code 0703
Choose one of the following:3Creative Arts Component Code 0503
 17 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 1342 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN CHEM 1312])3NUTR 23613
CHEM 1142 (TCCN CHEM 1112)1NUTR 23623
NUTR 2360 (TCCN BIOL 1322)3NUTR 21621
BIO 2430 (TCCN BIOL 2404)4Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403
Government/Political Science Component Code 0703American History Component Code 0603
American History Component Code 0603PSY 1300 or SOCI 1310 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
NUTR 33673NUTR 3363 or 43653
NUTR 43503CI 33253
NUTR 43673AG 43433
NUTR 41671FM 43383
COMM 43103FCS 43443
 Component Area Option Codes 090, 091, 092, 093 and 0943
 13 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
NUTR 43663FCS 46816
CI 43703 
RDG 33233 
AG 43113 
FCS 43433 
CI 43723 
 18 6
Total Hours: 122