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Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Why study Family Science?

Why study Family Science?

No environment affects us as profoundly as that of the family. Family Science examines topics and teaches skills in areas such as parent-child relationships, family relations, community diversity, community development, sexuality, family challenges, aging, family finance, and more.

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree?

Why study Human Ecology at the University of Alberta?

Our Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences encompasses a remarkable variety of topics and specializations, from clothing, fashion, product design, and interior design to community development, family relations, and cultural studies.

This degree also offers a unique mix of theoretical and hands-on courses, including a 200-hour Practicum Placement, giving you invaluable real-world experience and preparing you for a career in a wide range of industries.

Possible Careers

  • Career Development Professional
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Child and Youth Program Coordinator
  • Community Developer
  • Family Support Worker
  • Fashion Marketing or Buying
  • Food Processing Plant Supervisor
  • Fund Development Professional
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Life Skills Coach
  • Manager of Volunteer Resources
  • Marketing Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Professional Human Ecologist (P.HEc)
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Retail Manager

"Although easier said than done, I think we need to slow down, enjoy the rich environment we find ourselves in, and revel a little in the beauty of possibility." — Mackenzie is a fifth-year Education / Human Ecology student and a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship for 2018.

Admissions Requirements for 2023 - 2024

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One of the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Options
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following courses
    • Physics 30
    • Chemistry 30
    • Biology 30
  • One of the following courses
    • Mathematics 30-1
    • Mathematics 30-2*

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Indigenous Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Indigenous Students in their work towards a degree. Indigenous students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Indigenous Students refer to the U of A Calendar.


Fall application: March 1, 2022

Extension: May 1, 2022

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.


  • Chemistry 30 is required for Textile Science minor. Chemistry 30 and Biology 30 are required for Community Nutrition minor. Chemistry 30 and Biology 30 do not have to be included in the five Grade-12 Level subjects used for admission, however some courses taken within these minors require Chemistry 30 and Biology 30 as prerequisites.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

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