MS Nutrition

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Program Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the Master of Science in Nutrition, students will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental principles of nutrition science in research and required coursework
  2. Explain, analyze, and interpret fundamental scientific concepts in the specific area of thesis research
  3. Apply the scientific method to nutrition research through the design, conduct, and defense of a thesis research project
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of published research literature and the design/interpretation of a thesis research project
  5. Show independent and creative thinking skills in the formulation, design, conduct, and interpretation of nutrition research
  6. Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills
  7. Work productively, respectfully, and professionally as part of a research team and in other group settings  
  8. Exhibit leadership, ethical conduct, and community values
Required Courses
FSN 516Population Health and Epidemiology3
FSN 528Biochemical and Molecular Aspects of Human Macronutrient Metabolism4
FSN 529Metabolic and Molecular Aspects of Vitamins2
FSN 530Metabolic and Molecular Aspects of Minerals2
FSN 581Graduate Seminar in Food Science and Nutrition3
FSN 599Thesis6
STAT 512Statistical Methods4
Approved Electives
See approved electives list below.21
Total units45

Approved Electives

Select from one of the three Emphasis Areas in consultation with thesis supervisor (at least 3 units must be at the 500-level):21
Molecular Nutrition Emphasis Area
Select from the following:
Applied Biotechnology in Animal Science
Animal Metabolism and Nutrition
Advanced Molecular Techniques in Animal Science
Bioinformatics Applications
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Gene Expression Laboratory
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Nutritional Biochemistry
Critical Evaluation of Nutrition Research
Individual Study
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Design and Analysis of Experiments I
Public Health Nutrition Emphasis Area
Select from the following:
Agribusiness Policy and Program Analysis
Food System Marketing
Multivariate Biometry
Critical Evaluation of Nutrition Research
Policy Arguments in Food and Nutrition
Individual Study
Current Health Issues
Advanced Health Behavior Change Programs
Survival Analysis Methods
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Survey Sampling and Methodology
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Applied Regression Analysis
Statistical Computing with SAS
Health and Wellness Emphasis Area
Select from the following:
Health Communication
Critical Evaluation of Nutrition Research
Individual Study
Exercise and Health Gerontology
Health Behavior Change Programs I
Worksite Health Promotion Programs
Advanced Pathophysiology and Exercise
Advanced Biomechanics
Advanced Motor Learning and Control
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Advanced Physiology of Exercise
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models