Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.

HomeFoods and Nutrition: ScienceAcademic Plan


This major combines courses in nutrition and food science with an exceptionally strong science and mathematics base, including calculus, chemistry, biochemistry and physics.

Below is a sample academic plan. You can work with an advisor to tailor the courses to your interest.


  • CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
  • CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I*
  • BIOL 1210: General Biology I*
  • WOST/CRST: Women’s studies or critical studies course*


  • CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II
  • BIOL 1220: General Biology II
  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology
  • ART/MUS: Fine arts course*


  • CHEM 2010: Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 2200: Microbiology
  • FSNU 2900: Food Science
  • PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology


  • PSYC 2050: Statistics Methods in Psychology
  • CHEM 2020: Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 2520: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • LANG: Foreign language course*
  • EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*


  • CHEM 4400: Biochemistry
  • FSNU 3000: Nutrition
  • PHYS 1110: Introductory Physics I or PHYS 1080: Physics for Health Science I
  • HIST: History course*
  • LANG: Foreign language course*


  • FSNU 4300: Advanced Nutrition
  • FSNU 4210: Research in Food and Nutrition
  • PHYS 1090: Physics for Health Sciences II or PHYS 1120: Introductory Physics II
  • PHIL 3400: Biomedical Ethics
  • EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*


  • CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
  • FSNU 4350: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • FSNU 4250: Current Issues in Food and Nutrition
  • MATH 1130: Calculus*


  • FSNU 4400: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • FSNU 4600: Internship or FSNU 4950: Independent Study
  • FSNU: Foods and nutrition elective
  • FSNU: Foods and nutrition elective
  • THEO: Theology course*

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Writing requirements

Foods and nutrition: science majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing course requirement by completing FSNU 4210: Experimental Foods and FSNU 4300: Advanced Nutrition. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice).