2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2024  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Family and Consumer Sciences Certificate of Achievement

The Family and Consumer Sciences Certificate of Achievement program is designed to develop the skills necessary for gainful 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 certificate 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. 

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.


Course ID Title Units
FASH 31   Textiles 3
FASH 110  * Contemporary Clothing Construction 3
FCS 115   Consumer Issues 3
FN 50   Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
FN 110  * Food Preparation Essentials 3
ID 110   Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
ID 121  * Space Planning 3
  Select one course from Restricted Electives 3



Restricted Electives  
FASH 112  * Fashion Sewing–Advanced 3
FASH 141   Apparel Selection 3
FASH 144   Fashion Trends and Cultural Costumes 3
FCS 142   Life Management 3
FN 64   Nutrition Issues and Controversies 3
FN 120  * Sustainable Meals 3
FN 160   Nutrition, Weight Management, and Eating Disorders 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.