Welcome to the College of HES

Mission Statement

The College of Human Environmental Sciences addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life in a diverse and global society by conducting advanced research, preparing professionals and providing outreach.

Dean’s Message

The College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) has never been more ready to impact the lives of the citizens of Missouri. The college continues to make a difference in the things most basic to people’s lives – food, clothing, shelter, finances, family, and community. The only human environmental sciences unit in Missouri, MU HES houses an array of teaching, research, and extension activities, including exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs. A window to the world for more than 115 years and deeply rooted in the land-grant mission, the College has award-winning faculty renowned throughout the state, nation, and the world for their expertise. We connect our students and faculty to the ever-changing and challenging world around us. Each and every day we strive to live our mission of making a difference in the lives of others – developing and nurturing human potential.

Dr. J. Sandord Rikoon

Dr. J. Sanford Rikoon

Our alumni and friends and industry partners are instrumental in strengthening our ability to provide outstanding on-campus, experiential, and study abroad experiences in each of our academic units. HES faculty have received many grants and contracts for research that strengthens families, provides access to healthy food, and, participate in collaborative and community-oriented, outreach. HES is a magnet for those who want to meet the challenges of an ever-challenging world. We make a difference!



Our students gain REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE: