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Living Interactions

The relationship between humans and other living organisms is just as dynamic and important as relationships between humans. In the Department of Human Ecology, students focus their studies on these relationships that exist in the environment.


Food and Nutritional Sciences, BS

  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Nutritional Science
  • Food Science

Textiles and Apparel Studies, BS


Food Science, MS

Department of Human Ecology

The Department of Human Ecology, a unit in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, embraces and promotes the land-grant mission of the University, which is excellence in teaching, research and outreach. The department offers professional programs designed to prepare students for future academic and career paths, and technical courses designed to develop practical production and management skills.


Meet our highly trained faculty, who dedicate their time to their work and their students. Of the faculty in our department, 98% hold terminal degrees in their respective discipline and many collaborate in research partnerships.

Faculty Profiles


The department is equipped with a teaching food laboratory that provides students with hands-on experience. Students develop skills in diet planning and the development of new foods. The Foods Lab contains equipment for preparation and sensory evaluation of food products. The sensory evaluation section of the lab contains specialized carrels that are used for evaluation of products prepared in the lab. A Nutrient Analysis Computer Laboratory, adjacent to the Foods Lab, is used to calculate the nutrients in diets and recipes.

The Textiles and Apparel Studies laboratory is equipped with state-of-the art equipment. Students develop skills in design and development of new products.

The Gerber Computer Aid Design (CAD) equipment is the state-of-the-art equipment that helps students to develop skills in designing and product development.

The Early Childhood Laboratory School aims to lead through excellence and innovation as we train undergraduate and graduate students in child development theory, research and its applications, while implementing national and state standards for quality toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs.

Research support services include the university library and the computing room with access to Internet.


The Department of Human Ecology, in partnership with DSU Cooperative Extension Programs, conducts outreach activities aimed at disseminating research findings and beneficial information to Delaware residents. Paramount among these activities is the Youth Cooking and Nutrition Counseling workshop for high school students. The cooking workshop provides students an opportunity to gather knowledge about food safety, kitchen safety, and to learn how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals.

Student Organizations

The department helps students develop professionally as well as socially through participation in student organizations. The organizations listed below enable you to get to know your fellow students better and other professionals in your field. The Fashion Merchandising Club organizes several field trips to fashion centers in the United States and fashion shows at the DSU campus.

  • Fashion Merchandising Club
  • Student Chapter of America
  • Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Student Dietetic Association Nutrition Club