Human Sciences

Delve into the sciences at the core of our human health and experiences.

Find Your Path

Why study the human sciences?

As social creatures, human beings have lives shaped by the quality of their relationships and support systems, food systems, community health resources and basic needs.  Learn how individuals, public health systems, schools, communities, doctors, dieticians – and even designers – draw on science, math and data to improve, enrich and extend lives.

Departments and School

Programs in the human sciences within the College of Natural Sciences are housed in the School of Human Ecology, which includes two academic departments, as well as the Division of Textiles and Apparel and the public health program. More about the latter two programs are under Human Ecology below.

UT provided me an opportunity to interact with so many different types of people, getting to meet people from all over the state and all over the world, and to get hands-on public health experience with inspiring mentors.”

Sydney Jones

Public Health

Majors & Degrees

Across the School of Human Ecology are numerous bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. options.

Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS)


with concentration options available:
Early Childhood, Human Development, Families and Personal Relationships, Families and Society, Advanced Studies

H.D.F.S., Ph.D.


Nutrition, B.S.A.*

Nutrition, B.S.*
with concentration options available:
Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, Nutrition and Public Health, International Nutrition, Advanced Studies

Nutritional Sciences, M.S.

Nutritional Sciences, M.S. (online)

Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D.

Public Health

Public Health, B.S.* 

Textiles and Apparel

Textiles and Apparel, B.S.*


* Option to specialize in honors

Option for advanced studies

An option to pursue an integrated B.S./M.S. in five year exists

Get Involved

Engage in research and work with fellow students on significant projects in a variety of labs, programs and projects from the UT Austin community.

Human Sciences Advising

Got an interest in our human ecology subjects but not sure what to do next? when you are a student, advisors can help you navigate possibilities, from majors to degree options to alignment with careers.