The Department of Human Environmental Studies offers programs in human development and family studies, design and merchandising, and foods and nutrition. The areas focus on the interaction between humans and their natural, constructed, and behavioral environments. The programs within environmental studies prepare students for a variety of careers in apparel, merchandising and design, nutrition, dietetics, commercial and residential interior design, early childhood education, and family services.
The Department of Human Environmental Studies is located in Wightman Hall and the Education and Human Services building. The department has 32 regular faculty, approximately 17 fixed-term faculty, 14 professional administrative staff, and 3 office professionals. Enrollment in departmental courses exceeds 9,000 students each year with approximately 950 majors and 500 minors. Undergraduate and graduate programs are carefully monitored to reflect current knowledge and methods in the subject areas. Graduates of departmental programs enjoy excellent job placement rates in a wide variety of both private and public sector careers. Online presence for departmental courses is growing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.