Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science

Food Science is the multidisciplinary study of food, utilizing biology, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, and other sciences. Nutritional Science examines the effects of food consumption on the metabolism, health, and disease resistance in humans.  Dietetics is the application of food and nutrition principles in healthcare and food service settings.  Programs in all disciplines offer rigorous classroom instruction combined with challenging, original research. Small faculty-to-student ratios permit intense, meaningful mentoring by faculty advisors.

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science offers two graduate degrees: an MS in Food Science and an MS in Nutritional Science and Dietetics.  There are two tracks in Nutritional Science and Dietetics.  There are two tracks in Nutritional Science and Dietetics, described below.  Usual completion time is two years. 

Food Science – MS

The MS program in food science prepares students to work at an advanced level in the food industry or to pursue a doctoral degree through in-depth study of the chemistry of food component functionality, the microbiology of product manufacture and preservation, and the physical principles involved in processes. Students become proficient at designing and conducting research and development projects and communicating the results in a manner consistent with the best professionalism in the discipline.

Students who complete a Master’s Degree in Food Science from Brigham Young University enjoy very high placement rates into doctoral programs and are highly recruited by industry.  Students are also successful at pursing professional school (dentistry, law, medicine, business).  Graduates are prepared to work in any area of food science, including product development, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance.  Students also work in government and technical sales.

Research opportunities currently include topics in food product development, nutrient fortification of foods, food analysis, sensory evaluation, food microbiology, food safety, and food preservation and storage. 

Requirements for Degree

·         Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (NDFS 699R).
·         Required courses: NDFS 652, 654, 656, 691R, 699R; Stat 511.
·         Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor.
·         Examinations: (1) oral examination on course work; and (2) defense of thesis.
·         Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.

Nutritional Science and Dietetics – MS

The MS in Nutritional Science and Dietetics offers two tracks.  The nutritional science track is designed to prepare graduates for doctoral programs and professional school (medicine, podiatry, physician's assistant, dental). Graduates are also employed in government, industry, community, and not for profit organizations. Graduates who are registered dietitians have enhanced knowledge and skills to work in hospitals, dietetics management, or community nutrition.

The dietetics track is designed to meet the supervised practice and course requirements to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examinations for Dietitian and Nutritionists (RDN exam). Upon graduation and completion of the RDN exam graduates work in multiple areas including hospitals, wellness, large food service operations, business and industry, community health programs, management, and  entrepreneurial or private practice.

 Research opportunities include focus on vitamin or mineral metabolism, muscle energy metabolism, bone metabolism, energy metabolism, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, management in dietetics, and community nutrition.  

 Requirements for Nutritional Science Track

·         Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (NDFS 699R).
·         Prerequisites:  NDFS 424, 435; Chem 481
·         Required courses: NDFS 601, 602, 691R, 699R; Stat 511
·         Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor.
·         Examinations: oral examination on course work; and thesis defense.
·         Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.

 Requirements for Dietetics Track

33 credit hours (27 credits course work, plus 6 credits project hours)
·         Required Core Courses: NDFS 620R, 621, 622, 637, 638, 691, STATS 511 (17 credits ·      Additional requirements: Minimum of 6 credits from the following NDFS 425, 601, 602, 633,
          634, 635
·         Electives Courses: Minimum of 4 credits from NDFS courses or other related courses ·         1,200 hours supervised practice
·         Project: project proposal, implementation of project, final project report 698R (6 credits)