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Master of Science Program in Nutritional Science (code FCS_MS01)

Emphases and Course Requirements:

This degree offers four emphases: Nutritional Science, Latino Health and Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetic Internship.
These emphases provide an opportunity for students to:

  1. Specialize in nutritional therapy/community nutrition or 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.


Completion of a minimum of 37 units.

Take all of the following core courses (15 units)

  • EDP 519 or H SC 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)
    Prerequisites: Upper-division course in statistics.
  • FCS 697 Directed Research (3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy.

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

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

Oral Presentation of Thesis or Directed Project

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; BIOL, 570; COUN 513; EDAD 541, 677A; HSC 430, 500; KIN 551, 566
  • Or other courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

2. Select 6 courses in the Latino Health and Nutrition Emphasis:

  • HSC 507; FCS or HSC 534; FCS or HSC 537; HHS 592A, 634, 635

3. Select 6 courses in the Food Science Emphasis:

  • FCS 532, 535, 592, 597
  • Electives selected in consultation with Graduate Advisor (6)

4. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accredited Internship Program:

  • FCS 591A Professional Practicum in Dietetics (3,3,3)
  • FCS 591B Seminar in Dietetic Practice (3,3)
  • One 3 unit elective course (3)

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