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Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

What is FNES?
FNES (pronounced as "finesse") is the acronym for the Department of Family, Nutrition, & Exercise Sciences at Queens College. FNES is an interdisciplinary department that brings together people who study family and consumer sciences, textiles and apparel, nutrition, dietetics, physical education, and exercise science. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals preparing to become teachers of family and consumer sciences and physical education.

What is family and consumer sciences?
Family and consumer sciences synthesizes knowledge from (1) the physical sciences, (2) the social sciences, and (3) the humanities, and applies this knowledge to an interdisciplinary study of various aspects of individual and family life. The profession of family and consumer sciences is dedicated to enhancing the relationships among individuals, families, and communities, and the environments in which they function. Family and consumer scientists take leadership in improving individual, family, and community well-being; impacting the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services; influencing the creation of policy; and shaping societal change, thereby enhancing the human condition. These professionals are employed in such diverse areas as dietetics and nutrition, food service, teaching, business and industry, consumer and social welfare, extension, merchandising, fashion and textiles, research, and communications. For more information, go to the homepage of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

What is exercise science?
Exercise science is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to human movement. This ranges from basic scientific study of the effects of physical activity on human physiology to applied aspects of health and human performance. Academic programs at FNES provide for intensive study in the interrelated disciplines of nutrition and exercise science. Programs are designed for students who wish to specialize in the maintenance of cardiovascular health and wellness through healthy diets and regular physical activity. Students are prepared for positions in corporate and hospital-based programs in health, cardiovascular fitness, wellness, and cardiac rehabilitation; community-based programs in nutrition and fitness for adults and senior citizens; and adult health and fitness programs in health clubs, adult education centers, sports medicine clinics, physical rehabilitation centers, and preventive health agencies. Undergraduate study in exercise science synthesizes knowledge from biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and exercise programming. Graduate study in exercise science typically provides systematic study in specific areas of exercise physiology with an emphasis on research. Click here for more information on careers in exercise science (86k.pdf file*). For more information, go to the homepage of the American College of Sports Medicine, the premier international organization for exercise science and sports medicine students and professionals. 

Where is the Physical Education Department?
At Queens College, physical education programs are offered by the Department of Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (FNES). The Exercise Science and Physical Education Program Office is located in Fitzgerald Gymnasium, Room 203.

What happened to the Home Economics Department?
What happened to the Department of Health & Physical Education?
In a reorganization of departments at Queens College, Home Economics and Health & Physical Education were merged to become the Department of Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (FNES). While maintaining the programs of the previous departments, the merger has provided unique opportunities to develop programs in the interrelated disciplines of nutrition and exercise sciences. In short, this has created research and programmatic opportunities that were not feasible prior to the merger.

Where is the main office for FNES?
Since FNES is such a diverse department, there is no single main office. Instead, there are two program offices. The Family and Consumer Sciences Program Office is located in Remsen Hall, Room 306 (this office serves programs in family and consumer sciences, textiles and apparel, nutrition, and dietetics). The Exercise Science and Physical Education Program Office is located in Fitzgerald Gymnasium, Room 203.

 
 

 Office Information

 
Chair: Michael Toner
Office: Remsen 306
Phone: 718-997-4475
Fax: 718-997-4163
Office: Fitzgerald 203M
Phone: 718-997-2710
Fax: 718-997-2749
 
Deputy Chair: Andrea Mosenson 
Office of Family and Consumer Sciences/Dietetics
Dept. Office: Remsen 306
Phone: 718-997-4475
Fax: 718-997-4163 
 
Deputy Chair: Ann Azzollini
Office of Exercise Sciences and Physical Education
Dept. Office: Fitzgerald 203
Phone: 718-997-2710
Fax: 718-997-2749

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