Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

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This major enables a student to specialize in one of two subject areas or to generalize in family and consumer sciences with the option of taking the subject matter preparation courses for the Single Subject Credential that prepares one for teaching in family and consumer sciences secondary education programs. The common core of the program is devoted to students acquiring an understanding of family relations/child growth and development; management dynamics; food and nutrition, apparel design and merchandising, and interior design/housing as solutions to the physical, social, and psychological needs of individuals and families; sensitivities to the needs and value systems of individuals, families, and groups which vary by age, socio-economic status, and ethnic heritage; and the role expectations of professional family and consumer scientists. Students pursuing this major, depending upon their areas of specialization, may complete field experiences in business, education, industry, government, or private agencies. These field experiences serve as integrating experiences for students prior to their entry into professional roles.

Mandatory Advising

FCS majors must see an advisor to prepare a Graduation Plan which outlines course sequence. Some major classes may require the plan be presented on the first day of classes. See department office (Burk Hall 329) for information to include in the advising folder. Students who wish credits earned at another institution to be accepted in lieu of courses offered for the major at SF State must obtain acceptance from the instructors of the courses and the department chair.

Writing Competence

Good writing skills are necessary for success in the major. Second year written composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) with a grade of C- or better is required to take CFS 312GW, the beginning of the sequence of upper division CFS courses, which fulfills the GWAR requirement.

Degree Requirements

A prescribed sequence of courses must be adhered to as some classes are offered only in the fall or spring semesters. All major courses must be passed with a letter grade of C- or better. CR/NC is not allowed.

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.A.) — 45 units

Core Courses (12 units)

CFS 312GWFamilies, Individuals, and Environments-GWAR3
CFS 325Transitions in the Family Life Cycle3
CFS 430Management Dynamics: Life Goals and Decisions3
CFS 600Professional Development3

Family Studies Emphasis (33 units)

CFS 320Children and Families 13
CFS 321Adolescents and Families3
CFS 322Early Childhood Education Curriculum (Birth to Five) 13
CFS 323Infants/Toddlers and Families 13
CFS 420Assessment and Observation with Children 13
CFS 423Administration of Programs for Young Children 13
CFS 424Supervised Experiences with Young Children 13
CFS 426Family Crises: Drug Dependency and Eating Disorders3
CFS 428Children and Families with Violence, Abuse, and Neglect3
Electives: Any CFS/D Department course or other course upon approval of advisor6

Courses needed for the California Child Development Master Teacher & Site Supervisor Permits.

Nutrition/Foodservice Systems Management Emphasis (33 units)

CHEM 101
CHEM 102
Survey of Chemistry
and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM 109
CHEM 110
Fundamentals of Food Chemistry: Natural Constituents and Additives
and Fundamentals of Food Chemistry: Natural Constituents and Additives Laboratory
CFS 352Principles of Food Preparation3
DFM 353GWFoodservice Systems Management - GWAR3
CFS 355Nutrition for Wellness3
or DFM 253 Nutrition in Health and Disease
CFS 453Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
DFM 458Management of Quantity Food Purchasing and Production3
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 610Human Resource Management3
or HTM 560 Hospitality Human Resource Management
Electives: Any CFS/D Department courses or other courses upon approval of advisor8

General Family and Consumer Sciences/Teacher Preparation Emphasis (33 units)

ADM 260Textiles3
ADM 261Apparel Construction3
ADM 360GWFashion, Clothing, and Society - GWAR3
CFS 320Children and Families3
CFS 352Principles of Food Preparation3
CFS 355Nutrition for Wellness3
or DFM 253 Nutrition in Health and Disease
ID 240Color and Design3
ID 244Heritage of Housing and Interior Design3
Electives: Any CFS/D Department courses or other courses upon approval of advisor (6 units for credential students, 9 units for all others).6-9

Credential Students: Additional Requirements (3 units)


H ED 210Personal and Social Determinants of Health3

Pass CBEST exam and complete Red Cross Certificate, and Community First Aid & Safety Certificate

Complementary Studies

Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of complementary studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. (Note: Students may not use an alternate prefix that is cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major.)

Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Family & Consumer Sciences major who wish to satisfy the Complementary Studies Requirement with a coherent group of courses complementary to the major must have the courses approved by an advisor in the major. Consult with a major advisor for assistance.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

First Time Student Roadmap (4 year)

Family Studies Emphasis

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Nutrition/Foodservice Systems Management Emphasis

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General Family and Consumer Sciences/Teacher Preparation Emphasis

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General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.