Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Catalog Banner
Print this page Add this page to your favorites Select a font size Select a small font Select a medium font Select a large font

Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Health and Human Services

KIN Courtyard

Family and Consumer Sciences - FCS Courses

Family and Consumer Sciences Courses (FCS)


492G. Internship in Gerontology (3)
Prerequisites: Student must be a Gerontology Certificate candidate; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of the Gerontology program director; and GERN 400I, ANTH 454, PSY 365 or HDEV 357I. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a “C” may proceed with other courses with approval of the Area Coordinator.

Field experience in which student assumes a preprofessional role in a professional setting. Objectives developed by student with supervisor must be approved by major advisor and form the basis for evaluation.
May be repeated for 6 units maximum. Same as GERN 492G. (Seminar 3 hours)



502. Child and Family Law (3)
Prerequisites: CDFS 312I and upper division standing.
Establishment, conduct, and termination of marital and non-marital family relationships, including the rights and duties of the parties involved. Topics include marital disillusionment, child custody issues, property rights, domestic violence, adoption, support, genetic testing, and new trends in family law.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours.)


511. Theories in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences or closely related field.
Major contributors and historical and philosophical trends in Family and Consumer Sciences. Theory construction and empirical verification of hypotheses. Contemporary theories spanning the areas in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Letter grade only (A-F).


520. Personal Finance for the Aging (3)
Prerequisites: 400-level course in Consumer Affairs or consent of instructor.
Personal finance as applied to the aging population.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as GERN 520. (Lecture-discussion 3 hours.)


529. Consumer Protection (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division course in consumer affairs or consent of instructor.
Concepts of consumer protection with analysis of a myriad of resources available for individuals and families with consumer problems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)


530A. Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins (3)
Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L, BIOL 260.
Nutritional, metabolic and clinical aspects of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Current knowledge of interactions between macronutrients and assessment of needs.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)


530B. Vitamins and Minerals (3)
Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L, BIOL 260.
Nutritional, metabolic and clinical aspects of vitamins and minerals. Current knowledge of interactions between micro- and macro-nutrients. Principles of nutritional status assessment and determination of needs.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)


531. Advanced Community Nutrition (3)
Prerequisites: NUTR 436 and 436L or FCS 562; NUTR 461.
Program planning and evaluation with emphasis on major nutrition-related public health problems among target populations. Protocol development, collection and analysis of data. Verbal and written communications.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours.)


532. Food Analysis (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM. 327, FSCI 332 or equivalent.
Application of scientific methods of food analysis. Consideration of manner in which such variables as ingredients, proportions, and techniques in food preparation affect the quality of products. Experimental laboratory problems.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. (Seminar 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours.)


533. Recent Advances in Food Science (3)
Prerequisites: FSCI 432 or consent of instructor.
New developments in food processing, techniques of food preservation and, chemical additives. Food and water sanitation. Methods of standardization, preservation, and evaluation of quality. Retention of nutritive value, flavor, appearance, and safety of foods.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)


535. Food Processing, Preservation and Packaging (3)
Prerequisites: FSCI 332 or consent of instructor.
Methods and technological aspects in food processing, preservation and packaging. Application of principles and assessment of nutrition. Evaluation of chemical additives. Microbiological aspects of food safety.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours.)


550. Cultural Bases of Textile and Apparel Design (3)
Prerequisites: FMD 353, 450, 456, 457 or equivalents or consent of instructor.
Factors influencing design and techniques of textile and apparel production in societies that create and use them. Symbolism of indigenous and adapted textile and clothing designs as a communicative device for expressing social and cultural values.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with assignments of increasing levels of difficulty. (Seminar 3 hours.)


561. Curriculum Development in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
Prerequisite: Field experience in Home Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences or a related area.
Current philosophies and basic principles in the analysis and organization of curricular programs and materials.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)


562. Contemporary Issues in Nutrition (3)
Prerequisite: NUTR 436 or consent of instructor.
Analysis of recent developments and current research in human nutrition. Topics include: nutrition through the life cycle; diet and dental health, athletic performance, human behavior, obesity, cancer; vegetarianism; practical application of scientific knowledge to diet management.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.)


563. Evaluation in Family and Consumer Sciences and Gerontology (3)
Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate course in statistics; FCS 696 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent.
Principles, design, and methods of program evaluation for use by Family and Consumer Sciences and Gerontology professionals. Selection and development of instrumentation for data collection and interpretation and methods of reporting.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as GERN 563. (Seminar 3 hours).


566. Biochemical and Hormonal Adaptations to Physical Activity (3)
Prerequisites: Upper-division undergraduate or Graduate standing; KIN 301 or equivalent; CHEM 111A or its equivalent. Consent of instructor required for upper-division undergraduate students prior to registration.
Study of the biochemical and hormonal changes that occur as a result of acute and chronic physical activity. Emphasis will be placed on the application of concepts to the development of exercise training programs.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as KIN 566. (Seminar 3 hours.)


573. Current Topics in Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
A review and evaluation of recent developments and current issues in hospitality foodservice and hotel management. Topics related to operations management, customer service, human resource management, and strategic planning in the foodservice and lodging industries are examined.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hours.)


574. Cost Control in Hospitality FoodService and Hotel Management (3)
Prerequisites: HFHM 375 or consent of instructor.
Financial management of food, labor, supplies, and other operational costs; procedures for controlling purchasing, receiving, storing, and issuing of food, beverage, and supplies; inventory and security management; computer applications; and analysis of financial reports in hospitality foodservice and hotel industry.
Course fee may be required. (Lecture - discussion 3 hours.)


577. Foodservice Administration (3)
Prerequisites: HFHM 375 or consent of instructor, senior standing.
Principles of organization and administration in commercial and non-commercial foodservice operations are explored. Includes food purchasing, receiving, storage, inventory control, marketing, organizational management, human resource management, productivity, financial management, and quality management as applied to the foodservice industry. Fieldtrips required.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion 3 hours.)


591A. Professional Practicum in Dietetics (11)
Prerequisite: Admission in the American dietetic Association Dietetic Internship.
Supervised practicum at contracted facilities to meet performance standards and qualify for the national registration examination.
Credit/No Credit grading only. 11 units for each of 2 consecutive semesters.


591B. Seminar in Dietetic Practice (1)
Concurrent enrollment in FCS 591A.
Oral and written presentations oral and written presentations of annotated bibliographies and a clinical case study, reports of professional meetings, examinations and field trips.
Letter grade only (A-F). 1 unit for each of 2 consecutive semesters. (Seminar 1 hour).


592. Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences/Gerontology (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Field experience in which student assumes a self directed responsible role in an agency, business or other community setting.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Seminar 3 hours.)


597. Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisites: a 400-level course in any of the Family and Consumer Sciences disciplines.
Varied learning activities utilized to achieve competency related to family and consumer sciences not offered in regular course. Written report required.


605. Seminar in Administration of Family and Consumer Sciences/Gerontology Programs (3)
Prerequisites: FCS 696 or GERN 696 or consent of instructor.
Application of administration, management and leadership theories to family and consumer sciences/gerontology programs. Decision-making, organizational structures and evaluation concepts included.
Same course as GERN 600. (Seminar 3 hours.)


636. Nutrition and the Media (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, NUTR 331A or equivalent.
Basic skills for analyzing and communicating reliable nutrition messages for print and visual media; translating evidenced-based research into consumer messages.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-activity 3 hours.)


655A. Literature Review and Research in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
Prerequisites. ED P 419.
Critical analyses of the current professional literature, theory, practice and research. The research process including conceptualization of the problem, literature search and review. The legal and ethical aspects of research are stressed.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours)


692. Directed Project (1-4)
Prerequisites: FCS 697.
Will acquire experiential skills under the guidance of a faculty advisor and supervisor/ preceptor at an approved project site. Will identify problems, design and assess a project or conduct research. Results will be presented in a thesis-style report.
Letter grade only (A-F)


696. Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: Upper-division course in statistics.
Methodological approaches to contemporary research issues in Family and Consumer Sciences. Focuses on the design, development, and implementation of a formal research-designed project.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as GERN 696. (Seminar 3 hours).


697. Directed Research (3)
Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.
Student works under supervision of the thesis/directed project chair and with other committee members to complete a proposal for the thesis or directed project. Concurrently, student participates in a five-week series of meetings on proposal development at the beginning of the semester. Students present their thesis/directed project proposals to classmates and committee chairs.
Letter grade only (A-F).


698. Thesis (1-4)
Prerequisites: FCS 697.
Planning, preparation and completion of a thesis related to the family and consumer sciences field.
Letter grade only (A-F).