Science based. Human focused.


  • Third best human development and family sciences doctoral program in the U.S.
  • The top dietetics program in Texas.
  • Top 10 nutrition graduate program. 
  • Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is one of the oldest and most prestigious child development centers in the U.S.
  • Generated in excess of $22 million dollars in grant funding since 2005.
  • Partnered with University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center to give experience with patients to students working on translational cancer research.
  • 75 honors students in human development and nutritional sciences are gaining real-world research experience in faculty laboratories. 
  • Offers unique study abroad opportunities for students studying textiles and business in China and India, nutrition and health in Italy and South Africa, or early childhood development in Italy.
  • Collection of over 6,000 textiles and apparel items, accessories and artifacts dating from 1820s to 1980s apparel are used for student and graduate student hands-on cultural conservation research.
  • Nutrition majors have doubled to 550 in 5 years.
  • More than 5,000 people attend Annual Fashion Show showcasing senior apparel designers’ work.
  • Only textile conservation program offered in the state of Texas.
  • Launching a partnership with the NGO Project HOPE in Zandspruit, South Africa in 2014.
The School of Human Ecology is a small, arts and sciences college embedded in a large research university.


Department of Nutritional Sciences 
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences 
Division of Textiles and Apparel


1489 Undergraduate (Fall 2013)
67 Graduate (Fall 2013)


30 faculty
2 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards
3 President's Associates Teaching Awards
1 Friar Centennial Teaching Award
1 member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers


Parenting / Family / Aging / Nutrition / Child Development / Cancer / Obesity / Birth Defects / Prenatal Environment / Textiles Conservation & Museum Studies

Affiliated Collections, Centers & Institutes

Dell Pediatric Research Institute
Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection
Population Research Center