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Master of Science Program in Nutritional Science (code FCS_MS01)

Emphases and Course Requirements:

The MS Program in Nutritional Science offers four emphases: Nutritional Science, Latino Health and Nutrition, Food Science, and the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics.
These emphases provide an opportunity for students to:

  1. Specialize in nutritional therapy/community nutrition (Nutritional Science emphasis), Latino Health and Nutrition, or food science or complete the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND).
  2. Increase competence in food and nutrition subject matter in preparation for college teaching, research, graduate study beyond a master's degree and administrative positions in public and private agencies.

Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 37 units.

Take all of the following core courses (15 units)

  • EDP 519 or HSC 503 or statistics course approved by the faculty advisor.
  • FCS 530A Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L, BIOL 260 or equivalent statistics course.
  • FCS 530B Vitamins and Minerals (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L, BIOL 260 or equivalent statistics course.
  • FCS 696 Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper-division course in statistics.
  • FCS 697 Directed Research (3)
    Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.

Take one of the following capstone courses (4 units):

  • FCS 692 Directed Project (4)
    Prerequisite: FCS 697
  • FCS 698 Thesis (4)
    Prerequisite: FCS 697

An oral presentation of the thesis or directed project is required for degree completion. See the Graduate Student Handbook for additional guidance.

Complete one of the following emphases (18 units):

1. Select 6 courses for the Nutritional Science emphasis.

  • FCS 531, 539 , 563; FCS/KIN 568, 636; BIO 570; COUN 513; EDAD 541, 677A; HSC 430, 500; KIN 551, 566

Or other courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
Recommended sequence of courses for MS Nutritional Science
Recommended sequence of courses for MS + VAGLA IPND (dietetic internship)

2. Select 6 courses in the Latino Health and Nutrition emphasis.

3. Select 6 courses in the Food Science emphasis (under development).

  • FCS 532, 535, 592, 597 and 6 units of electives selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
  • Recommended sequence of courses for the Food Science emphasis

4. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accredited Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND):