2018-2019 Spring Edition 
    
    Nov 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family and Consumer Sciences Associate of Science


The Family and Consumer Sciences A.S. program is designed to develop the skills necessary for employment in the field of Home Economics and Human Sciences. These skills involve learning how to efficiently manage a household including safe and healthful food preparation, household and small business budgeting, as well as the basics in interior design, space planning and clothing construction and selection. Electives provide additional skills as selected in areas of fashion, sewing, weight management, and communication and relationship skills. Combined with courses such as business, journalism, television, or advertising, the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum can also fulfill the vocational objectives of those who want to enhance their marketability in these other fields.

The FCS degree allows students employment in a variety of venues including but not limited to independent living services, youth programs, community organizations, after-school programs, nonmedical senior care centers, programs for older adults, and self-improvement programs. Specific job titles include community or social service specialist, customer service representative, social and human service assistant, public relations specialist, store manager, youth counselor, program coordinator, and marketing specialist. Additionally, this degree prepares students for transfer into Family and Consumer Sciences majors.

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze current research on a consumer science topic.
  • Use the psychology of advertising and the marketplace and identify motivations and trends.
  • Develop a personal and/or family budget.

Total Units for the Major: 24


Restricted Electives


Associate of Science Degree


Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees


Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.