Family and Consumer Sciences, Associate in Science

The Family and Consumer Sciences Program educates students in general life skills that can be applied to family life and to success in the workplace or to transfer toward a Bachelor's Degree as a generalist in Family and Consumer Science. Through a broad base of coursework that includes life management, home finance, nutrition, child development, interior design and basic sewing, students gain practical and theoretical knowledge that improves the quality and standards of individual and family life and promotes informed consumerism.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. The graduate selecting courses in Life and Home Management will create a plan for achievement of personal, educational and life goals and will demonstrate knowledge of personal financial concepts and apply it to the home setting.
  2. The graduate selecting courses in Nutrition will use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to create and critique a diet plan for individuals and the family and will evaluate nutritional claims using principles of the scientific method.
  3. The graduate selecting courses in Child Development will describe benchmarks for development during infancy, childhood and adolescence and apply that knowledge in an educational setting.
  4. The graduate selecting courses in Child Development will recognize differences in cultural child-rearing practices.
  5. The graduate selecting courses in Fashion and Interior Design will produce projects that demonstrate entry level skills.
  6. The graduate selecting the course in Marriage and Family will recognize effective strategies for developing meaningful relationships and communication within families.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern (24 units)
  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of major and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Restricted Electives

Complete 18 units selected from:

CDEV 021

Child and Adolescent Development


CDEV 028

Child Health, Safety and Nutrition


CDEV 063

Child Discipline



Basic Industry Sewing


FCS 002

Life Management


FCS 003

Home Management and Finance


FCS 005

Basic Nutrition


FCS 006



FCS 023

Marriage and the Family


ID 002

Introduction to Interior Design


Minimum Major Units Required: 18

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60