NDFS Graduate Curriculum

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General Requirements:

For an M.S. degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours is required. No more than 6 hours of Thesis credits (NDFS 699R) may be used in meeting the graduate credit requirements. At least 21 hours must be taken in 500 or 600 level classes. Up to 10 credit hours of 300, 400, or 500 level courses taken during the Senior year may be applied to meet graduate requirements if they were not required for the B.S. degree. Classes taken at the 100 or 200 level do not apply toward graduate credit hour requirements. Minors in other departments are arranged with those departments and with consent of the advisor.


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Food Science Masters Curriculum

Prerequisiite: Incoming students should have an undergraduate degree in food science or closely related field. Students with a non-Food Science degree must complete the following prerequisite or equivalent courses prior to graduation, but they will not count towards the 30 credit hours on the study list.

Taught Hours Course Number Course Title
F W Sp  3.0 NDFS 250 Essentials of Food Science
F W Sp 1.0 NDFS 251  Essentials of Food Science Lab
W 4.0 NDFS 350 Food Analysis
F 4.0 NDFS 355 Food Process Engineering
F 3.0 NDFS 361 Food Microbiology
F 3.0 NDFS 450 Food Chemistry
 F W Sp Su 3.0 Stat 121 or 510 Principles of of Statistics or Intro to Statistics for Grads
F W Sp 3.0 Chem 481 Biochemistry

RequirementsThe following is the core required course work for an M.S. in Food Science.

Taught  Hours Course Number Course Title
Su (even years)  3.0 NDFS 652 Carbohydrates and Their Reactions in Food
Su (even years) 3.0 NDFS 654 Proteins and Their Reactions in Food
Sp (odd years) 3.0 NDFS 656 Food Lipids and Their Reactions in Foods
F W 2.0 NDFS 691R Seminar (Register during semesters when presentations are made)
F W Sp Su 6.0 NDFS 699R Master's Thesis
F W Sp 3.0 Stat 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1

Elective Recommendations:

The following are examples of electives that may be chosen to support and complement major courses. Elective classes should be selected in consultation with the advisor.

Taught Hours Course Number Course Title
3.0 NDFS 362 Food Commodity Processing
FW 4.0 NDFS 435 Nutritional Biochemistry (Prereq: NDFS 200, PDBio 305, Chem 481 or equivalent)
F 2.0 NDFS 462 Food Regulations and QA
W 1.0 NDFS 464 Food Sensory Evaluation
W 3.0 NDFS 465 New Food Product Development
FW 3.0 Chem 461 Physical Chemistry (Prereq: Chem 223 or 227, Physics 121 and 123)
FW 3.0 Bio 580 Scanning Electron Microscopy
 W Su 3.0 Stat 512 Statistical Methods for Research 2

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Nutritional Sciences Masters Curriculum


Prerequisite
: Incoming students should have an undergraduate degree in nutritional science, dietetics, biochemistry, or other closely related field. The following courses or equivalents are required before beginning graduate level courses. Prerequisite courses do not count towards the 30 credit hours on the study list.

Taught  Hours Course Number Course Title
W 2.0 NDFS 424 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
F W 4.0 NDFS 435 Nutritional Biochemistry
F W Sp Su 3.0  Stat 121 or 510  Principles of of Statistics or Intro to Statistics for Grads
F W Sp 3.0 Chem 481 Biochemistry

Requirements: The following is the core required course work for an M.S. in Nutritional Science.

Taught Hours Course Number Course Title
F 3.0 NDFS 601 Advanced Human Nutrition 1
W 3.0 NDFS 602 Advanced Human Nutrition 2
F W 2.0 NDFS 691R Seminar (Register during semesters when presentations are made)
F W Sp Su 6.0 NDFS 699R Master's Thesis
F W Sp 3.0 Stat 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1

Elective Recommendations: (For students who have not completed NDFS 435 or an equivalent, NDFS 435 is required, plus one other elective. For all other graduate students, one elective from the list below is required)

 Taught Hour Course Number Course Title
 F W 4.0 NDFS 435 Nutritional Biochemistry
 W 2.0 NDFS 424 Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
F 2.0 NDFS 621 or 622* Clinical Practice in Dietetics or Food Systems Management Practice in Dietetics
TBD 1.0-2.0 NDFS 631R Selected Topics
W (odd years) 2.0 NDFS 632 Diet and Cancer
W (even years)  2.0 NDFS 633 Maternal/Child Nutrition and Health
Sp/Su (odd years) 2.0 NDFS 634 Nutrition Education
Sp (even years) 2.0 NDFS 635 Advanced Topics in Human Obesity
W 2.0 NDFS 637* Advanced Management in Dietetics
Sp 2.0 NDFS 638* Advanced Clinical Nutrition

* Denotes Courses for dietetic interns only

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Dietetics Masters Curriculum