Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Graduate Study

The department offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with majors in food science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in food science—environmental toxicology.  Those programs are described below.  The department also offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with majors in human nutrition and a Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in human nutrition-environmental toxicology. Those programs are also described below.  In addition, the department offers programs for postdoctoral research.

Each graduate program in the Department of Food Science and Human and Nutrition is designed to prepare the student to become a specialist in food science or human nutrition. Programs of study and research are flexible and are designed to meet the needs and objectives of individual students. Emphasis is placed on a sound educational program to develop a high degree of professional competence in a specific program area. Attendance and participation at seminars and participation in the teaching programs where appropriate are designed to broaden the student's background for future careers.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition may elect a Specialization in Environmental Toxicology. For additional information, refer to the Graduate Specialization in Environmental Toxicology statement.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition may elect a Specialization in Food Safety.  For additional information, refer to the statement on the specialization in the College of Veterinary Medicine section of this catalog.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition may elect specializations in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.


Food Science - Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students who are admitted to the master's and doctoral degree programs in food science must meet the requirements specified below.

A student who is admitted to a graduate program in food science is expected to have general, quantitative, and organic chemistry and biochemistry.  In addition, preparation for graduate work should include courses in the biological and agricultural sciences, mathematics, physics, nutrition, engineering, or economics.  A student with insufficient academic background may be required to complete collateral courses in addition to the courses that are required for the degree.

For the master's degree in food science, the student may elect either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under Plan A or Plan B.

 


Food Science-Environmental Toxicology

Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in food science—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

 


Human Nutrition - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition includes research, course work in advanced nutrition, statistics, seminars, and appropriate selections from one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, physiology, anthropology, immunology, epidemiology, psychology, or sociology. Students in this program must meet the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
 
Admission
 
To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Human Nutrition an applicant must:
  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree with courses in nutrition, including upper-level macro-and micronutrients, community or lifespan nutrition, general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, biochemistry, and statistics;
  2. be proficient in written and spoken English;
  3. have a prior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  4. submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test;
  5. submit a personal letter of intent and letters of reference.
Collateral course work may be required to overcome deficiencies, but will not count towards the degree
requirements.
 
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition
 
The program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete at 30 credits.
 
The student must complete:
               
1. All of the following courses (10 credits):  
  HNF 820 Advanced Biochemical Nutrition 3
  HNF 821 Advanced Vitamins and Minerals 2
  HNF 823 Research Methods in Human Nutrition 1
  HNF 824 Nutrition Policies and Programs 1
  HNF 825 Nutritional Immunology 1
  HNF 826 Obesity and Chronic Disease 1
  HNF 892 Nutrition Seminar 1
2.

A minimum of 10 credits (Plan A) or 20 credits (Plan B) in course work in one or more focus areas selected in consultation with the student’s guidance committee.

 
     
Additional Requirements for Plan A  
1. The following course (6 credits):  
  HNF 899 Master's Thesis Research 6
  Students may not earn more than 10 credits in HNF 899.  
Additional Requirements for Plan B  
1. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.  

Human Nutrition - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Nutrition is designed to prepare graduates for advanced careers that require demonstrated research skills, comprehensive knowledge of the discipline, and skills essential to the dissemination of that knowledge. Through their research and course work in advanced nutrition and related areas, the student will plan, conduct, manage, and publish independent, original research via the dissertation and peer-reviewed manuscripts. Students in the program must meet the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Human Nutrition an applicant must:

  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree with courses in nutrition, including upper-level macro-and micronutrients, community or lifespan nutrition, general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, biochemistry, and statistics;
  2. be proficient in written and spoken English;
  3. have a prior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  4. submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test;
  5. submit a personal letter of intent, research experience, and letters of reference.

Collateral course work may be required to overcome deficiencies, but will not count towards the degree requirements.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Human Nutrition

The student must:

               
1. Complete all of the following courses (11 credits):  
  HNF 820 Advanced Biochemical Nutrition 3
  HNF 821 Advanced Vitamins and Minerals 2
  HNF 823 Research Methods in Human Nutrition 1
  HNF 824 Nutrition Policies and Programs 1
  HNF 825 Nutritional Immunology 1
  HNF 826 Obesity and Chronic Disease 1
  HNF 892 Nutrition Seminar 2
2. Complete additional course work approved selected in consultation with the student’s guidance committee based on the student’s prior academic background in relation to the selected area of study and research.  
3. Complete 24 credits of course work in HNF 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.  
4. Successfully defend the doctoral dissertation.  

 

 



Human Nutrition - Environmental Toxicology

Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in human nutrition–environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.