Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services

Central Office Location: Front Desk Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Building

Phone: (409) 880-8663

Department Chair: Dr. Jill Killough

Administrative Associate Sr.: Kent O'Quinn

Academic Coordinator: Mildred Piert

Program Coordinators:

B.S., Family Studies

Dr. Kimberly Wallet, (409) 880-8970, 124 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Bldg.

Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher Certification Concentration: Dr. Connie Ruiz, (409) 880-8668, 122 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Bldg.

B.S., Fashion Merchandising

Dr. Janice Kimmons, (409) 880-8667, 132 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Bldg.

B.S., Nutrition

Dietetics Concentration: Dr. Connie Ruiz, (409) 880-8668, 122 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Bldg.

Nutrition & Dietetics Concentrations: Dr. Connie Ruiz, (409) 880-8668, 122 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Building

B.S., Hospitality Administration

Culinary Arts & Hospitality Administration Concentrations: Dr. Molly Dahm, (409) 880-1744, 128 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Building

Dietetic Internship (Post-Baccalaureate)

Dr. Jill Killough, (409) 880-8665, 118 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Building

M.S. Nutrition

Dr. Amy Shows, (409) 880-7962, 126 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Bldg.

Faculty

Professor: Jau-Jiin Chen, Molly Dahm, Tammy Henderson, Amy Shows

Associate Professors: Jan Kimmons, Connie Ruiz, Kimberly Wallet,

Assistant Professors: Eunjin Kwon

Instructor: Charles Duit, Jill Killough

Adjunct Instructors: Willie Broussard, Kristina May, Jennifer Simmons, Janeal White, Bethany Williams

List of Degrees Offered

UNDERGRADUATE:

  • Bachelor of Science, Family Studies

Concentrations

Family Studies

Family & Consumer Sciences - Teacher Certification

Concentrations

Culinary Arts

General Hospitality

Dietetics

 Nutrition

Minors

Culinary Arts

Event Planning

Family Studies

Fashion Merchandising

Hospitality

Nutrition

Certificates

Nutrition Communication Certificate - 18 Hours

GRADUATE:


Degrees Offered - Additional Information

Bachelor of Science

 Bachelor of Science degrees from the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services will be awarded upon the completion of the following requirements:

  • Meet the university's degree requirements as described in the section on Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Complete the Family and Consumer Sciences core curriculum requirements: 1) FCSC 4301 Senior Seminar 2) FCSC 4367 Field Experience
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average in Department courses
  • Complete one of the Family and Consumer Sciences degree programs described in this catalog.

Family Studies

The Family Studies program prepares the student for careers with community service agencies that serve children and families. Courses equip the student to assist individuals and families in the pursuit of optimal personal development and strong family relationships. A specialization in Family Studies also provides a rich foundation for graduate education in areas such as family law, social science research, and marriage and family therapy. In their final year, students participate in a field experience with an approved social service agency of individual interest.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

Family Studies - Family and Consumer Sciences General

The general program provides a broad background of preparation for the student who wishes to work as a Family and Consumer Sciences Professional in one of many varied career options.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

Family Studies - Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Certification Concentration

The teacher certification program provides professional training for careers requiring technical knowledge of family and consumer sciences, as well as expertise in instructional methods. Students must meet admission and certification requirements of the Lamar University Teacher Education Program outlined elsewhere in this catalog. Several courses in the FCS Teacher Certification degree plan are taught through the Texas Family and Consumer Sciences Distance Education Alliance. The Alliance is a statewide network of Texas universities offering on-line courses to maximize educational resources through inter-institutional collaboration. During academic advising, students are made aware of Alliance course offerings.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

Fashion Merchandising

The Fashion Retailing and Merchandising specialization provides professional training for positions in fashion coordination, visual merchandising, buying and retail management. The curriculum includes on-the-job training through a field experience program. Students have opportunities to study in international fashion centers.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

Hospitality Administration - Dietetics

This academic curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an AND-accredited dietetic internship at Lamar and/or elsewhere. After successful completion of an internship, an individual is eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians and, upon passing, become a Registered Dietitian.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

Hospitality Administration - General Hospitality

The Hospitality Administration program is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary for success in the hospitality and travel industry. The program prepares students for a wide variety of management careers, including positions in hotels, restaurants, resorts, private clubs, catering operations, events centers, school and hospital foodservices, cruise ships and other transport services, as well as procurement and vendor supply. Students may specialize in food and beverage or lodging.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 122

Hospitality Administration - Culinary Arts

The Hospitality Administration- Culinary Arts program features an accredited culinary arts certification (American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission). The program prepares students and provides practical and managerial expertise in the field of culinary arts management. Students may graduate as certified culinarians. Scholarships are available from local, state, and national restaurant, chefs, and hotel and lodging associations.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 122

Nutrition

The Nutrition degree program provides training and preparation for positions in community, foodservice management and private practice. The program prepares students to improve the nutritional health of various groups, such as pregnant women, infants, young children, or the elderly. Students also learn valuable skills in nutrition education and counseling which supports healthy people of all ages desiring to improve their overall nutritional health and wellness.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

Nutrition - Dietetics

The Dietetics program curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Dietetic Education of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an accredited dietetic internship at Lamar and/or elsewhere. After successful completion of an internship, an individual is eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionist and, upon passing, become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120

 

Nutrition Communication Certificate - 18 Hours

This certificate focuses on the integration of nutrition and communication knowledge to provide accurate and cohesive nutrition messaging through a variety of media platforms. It will also provide students with an interdisciplinary approach in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to properly disseminate nutrition education information.

The certificate will provide a distinctive opportunity to increase students' knowledge areas not traditionally addressed in individual disciplines.

NUTR 1322 - Basic Nutrition

NUTR 4307 - Nutrition through the Life Cycle

One from

  • NUTR 3316 - Nutrition and Fitness
  • NUTR 3328 - Community Nutrition

COMM 3362 - Public Relations Writing

COMM 4383 - Persuasion

One from:

  • COMM 4397 Media Projects
  • COMM 4396 - Studies in Media: Health Communication

Degree Requirements

All graduate students in the department are required to complete FCSC 5300 and a graduate statistics course. The remainder of each student's program of study is developed according to the student's professional goals and interests.

Thesis route: This option consists of 30 credit hours. The thesis counts for six hours and the course work comprises 24 hours. Six credit hours may be taken in other departments.

Non-Thesis route: A student electing this option will complete 36 hours of course work, 12 of which may be taken in other departments. Non-thesis students are required to pass a comprehensive written and an oral exam covering course work completed during the graduate program.

Master of Science, Nutrition

The Master of Science in Nutrition is a 36-hour program that is completed 100% online. The program has a Community Nutrition emphasis and is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of future nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals in nutrition practice, thus enhancing the ability of health care practitioners to provide an integrated and cohesive approach to meeting the needs of clients.

The online degree bridges the gap between formal education and professional practice as it prepares the program graduate to be a powerful part of the solution to numerous nutrition challenges.

The program includes 3 hours in Nutrition Research; 6 hours in Nutrition and Metabolism; 15 hours in Community and Lifecycle Nutrition; 9 hours in Contemporary Nutrition; and 3 hours in a capstone experience. Program graduates will have the opportunity to prepare for a career in nutrition and/or nutrition-related fields by developing marketable skills.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree: Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA