Family and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences program at Mt. SAC provides classes which prepare students to face the real world challenges of personal finance, life management, and consumer strategies.  In addition to offering a certificate in consumer relations, the Family and Consumer sciences program fulfills course requirements for many other degrees where the aforementioned skills benefit students.


FCS 41 — Life Management
3 Units Degree Applicable, CSU 54 hours lecture
Life skills for effective self-management now and in the future. Examine theories of life management including Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how it can be applied to daily use of one’s resources including energy, abilities, priorities, and money. Major topics include steps in value clarification, goal setting, resource allocation, decision-making, priority management, money management, workplace management, communication skills and healthy habits. In addition, the course explores the effect of cultural forces and future trends.
FCS 51 — Consumer Skills, Issues, and Strategies
3 Units Degree Applicable, CSU 54 hours lecture
Consumer skills with an emphasis on practical applications in the marketplace. Topics include history of the consumer movement, consumer rights and responsibilities, financial wellness, consumer debt, behavior, fraud, and redress. Explores the relationship between consumer skills, careers, and job skills.
FCS 80 — Personal Financial Planning
3 Units Degree Applicable, CSU 54 hours lecture
Personal and family financial planning for those who wish to understand their own finances across the lifespan and assist others in money management. Topics include financial goal setting, budgeting, consumer credit, debt management, banking functions, income taxes, home ownership, insurance, investing, and retirement planning. Students may not earn credit for both BUSA 71 and FCS 80.
FCS 91 — Work Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences
1 to 3 Units  Degree Applicable (May be taken for Pass/No Pass only) 75 to 225 hours lab
Prerequisite: Compliance with work experience regulations as designated in the College Catalog.

Provides Family and Consumer Science majors with actual on the-job experience in an approved work site related to classroom instruction. A minimum of 75 paid or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be equally distributed throughout the semester. Work experience placement is not guaranteed but assistance is provided by the Family and Consumer Sciences faculty.