Human Ecology's applied, pre-professional curriculum is organized around contemporary social topics and issues - Design and Technology; Development and the Life Course; Economic and Social Well-being; and Human Nutrition, Health and Genomics - not simply academic disciplines. 

Our academic majors are firmly grounded in the social, natural and physical sciences, and design to create dynamic, interdisciplinary fields of study. This allows our students to explore their interests in a broader context and to understand and analyze issues from multiple perspectives.

While our Bachelors of Science degree programs are focused on pre-professional study, there is no prescribed way to prepare for careers in business, health/medicine, or law, or just one way to be creative in the college or at Cornell University. Any major allows students to take prerequisite courses for professional and graduate school.

Explore our programs by visiting department pages (click on the major name) and reading more of the major fact sheets below.


Design + Environmental Analysis
Interdisciplinary course work: studio, psychology, economics, design strategies, research methods, sustainable design, ergonomics
A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how the built environment impacts our daily lives focusing on design strategy, sustainable futures and health and wellness…
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Fashion Design and Management
Interdisciplinary course work: Fashion Design- studio, psychology, anthropology or sociology, economics, philosophy or ethics; Fashion Design Management- design principles, psychology, economics, business and global management, calculus, statistics, communications
A design-centered program in Fashion Design, Technical Apparel Design, and Fashion Design Management...
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Fiber Science
Interdisciplinary course work: chemistry, physics, calculus, materials science engineering, psychology, economics, ethics, sustainability
Build on foundations in the natural, life, and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics to develop and control fiberous materials to positively impact society...
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Global and Public Health Sciences
[for first year applicants only]
Interdisciplinary course work: biology, chemistry, anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, physiology, epidemiology, global and public health, policy)
A focus on preventive, population-level solutions to health issues in domestic and international settings...
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Human Biology, Health and Society
Interdisciplinary course work: biology, chemistry, anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, health-related courses offered in the college
The biological bases of health and illness are critically examined alongside the social, psychological, economic, cultural, and policy aspects...
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Human Development
Interdisciplinary course work: psychology, sociology, biology, statistics, anthropology, scientific research methods
A multidisciplinary field of study that spans development across the life course and explores the psychological, social, cultural, and biological development of people...
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Nutritional Sciences
Interdisciplinary course work: chemistry, biochemistry, economics, sociology, psychology
A thorough foundation in basic life sciences and how nutrition affects the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and nations...
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Policy Analysis and Management
Interdisciplinary course work: economics, statistics, sociology, philosophy/ethics, government, psychology
A focus on effects of government policies on individuals and families, public health, education, crime, product markets, financial markets, and a variety of other social impacts...
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