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Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) in Human Ecology. These are broad-based degrees with greater opportunity to explore universal topics in all three human ecology disciplines -- Human Development and Family Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Textiles and Apparel. The flexibility of the BA and BSA allows students to sample a variety of fields or to design unique combinations of courses.

Declare This Major

Step 1: Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level human ecology majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the human ecology degree plans.


Departmental Honors are available for HE majors via the Departmental Honors program in the departments of human development and family sciences, nutritional sciences and textiles and apparel.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Depending on the combination of courses taken, students will acquire some or all of the skills in each area of human ecology: human development and family sciences, nutritional sciences and textiles and apparel.