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Human Environmental Sciences Department

Human Environmental Sciences Department

The Department of Human Environmental Sciences uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the relationship among individuals, families and communities and the environments in which they function. As an applied science program, the department focuses on assisting people to improve their quality of life, thereby improving the conditions of society.


Contact Information
Martha Burpitt
Department Head and Professor, Human Environmental Sciences
205 Martin Hall
burpittm@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8550


Ellen Brewer House

Ellen Brewer House - Infants and Child Development Majors

The Ellen Brewer House is a five star, on-campus childcare program serving children whose ages range from 6 weeks to 2 years. It has been cited statewide as an exemplary program and offers child development students the opportunity for hands-on learning.

History of Success

Human Environmental Sciences - 100 Years Celebration social gathering

The Human Environmental Sciences department has a 100-year history at Meredith. The program began in 1914, and hundreds of alumnae have since gone on to successful lives of service to the field and their communities. Read more about our 100-year history.

Strong Stories

Meghan Brooks

Meghan Brooks

Meghan Brooks used her experience in the undergraduate research program to help land a job as a child life specialist.

Carla Lunday

Carla Lunday

Internship experience gave Carla Lunday a head start on her career.

Human Environmental Sciences Videos

Meredith Minute | How does interior design work?

Meredith Minute | How does interior design work?

Martha Burpitt explains how interior design works.

Meredith Minute | How does interior design work?

Martha Burpitt explains how interior design works.

Student showing classmates her designs

Design at Meredith College

Meredith offers majors in graphic design, interior design, and fashion merchandising and design. A focus on professional preparation means graduates enter their fields ready to excel.

Design at Meredith College

Meredith offers majors in graphic design, interior design, and fashion merchandising and design. A focus on professional preparation means graduates enter their fields ready to excel.