The Master of Science in Nutritional Science

Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer and/or CSU Chico Open University course work may be applied toward the degree. Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See "Graduate Education" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

The MS in Nutritional Science provides an opportunity for students to:

1. Specialize in nutrition, food science, clinical nutrition, or community nutrition.

2. Complete a master's degree and concurrently qualify for membership in the American Dietetic Association.

3. Increase competence in food and nutrition subject matter in preparation for college teaching, research, graduate study beyond the master's degree, and administrative positions in public and private agencies.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs" in the University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Studies.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Studies, which includes a minimum of 24 upper-division units among the subject areas of biochemistry, chemistry, nutrition and food science, mathematics, microbiology, physiology, and statistics. Computer literacy is also required. Students with deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be required to take prerequisite course work at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator after consultation with the student and faculty in the subject matter area(s) considered deficient. In addition, prerequisites for graduate-level courses must have been completed within the five years prior to taking the graduate courses. Outdated prerequisites must be validated either by examination or by registration (credit will not be earned for validating this course work).

4. Approval by the Nutrition and Food Science Graduate Coordinator.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Development and submission of an approved program plan in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and a faculty member of the student's choice.

2. Completion of 12 departmentally specified units of letter-graded 400/500/600-level course work (of which 9 units must be in residence and part of the approved program) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the University of at least 15 units of approved course work.

2. Completion of MATH 615 or equivalent.

Requirements for the MS in Nutritional Science:

Completion of all requirements as established by the program graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Studies, to include:

1. Completion of 30 units of approved 400/500/600-level course work as follows: (a) Units required for both options:

13 units required:

MATH 615 Stat Methods for Grad Research 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 105, MATH 350, MATH 315, or MATH 305 (only one is required).
NFSC 600 Res Meth in Nutritional Sci 4.0 Inq
Prerequisites: MATH 615 or similar statistics course.
NFSC 641 Topics in Macronutrients 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 440, biochemistry.
NFSC 642 Topics in Vitamins & Minerals 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 440, biochemistry.

3-6 units required:

NFSC 697P Professional Paper 3.0 FS
NFSC 699T Master's Thesis 1.0 -6.0 FS

2-6 units selected from:

NFSC 620 Food Science 2.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 320, biochemistry.
NFSC 661 Top in Developmntl Nutrition 2.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 360, biochemistry.
NFSC 665 Topics in Community Nutrition 2.0 Inq
NFSC 667 Nutrition: International Iss 2.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 429, biochemistry.
NFSC 670 Topics in Clinical Nutrition 2.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 470, biochemistry.
NFSC 689 Graduate Internship 1.0 -6.0 FS
NFSC 697 Independent Study 1.0 -3.0 FS

Completion of one of the following options:

The Option in General Nutritional Science

9 units required:

BIOL 416 Vertebrate Physiology 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOL 153; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270.
CHEM 451 Biochemistry 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.
CHEM 455L Biochemistry Laboratory 2.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, CHEM 451; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M; or faculty permission.

The Option in Nutrition Education

9-12 units required:

NFSC 660 Nutrition Education 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: NFSC 465.
NFSC 689 Graduate Internship 1.0 -6.0 FS
PSYC 573 Counseling Psychology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: PSYC 381 or PSYC 382, senior or graduate standing, faculty permission.

(b) At least 18 of the units required for the degree must be in 600-level courses. (c) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable). (d) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (697), Professional Paper (697P), and Master's Thesis (699T); not more than 3 units of Professional Paper (697P) and 6 units of Master's Thesis (699T).

2. Completion and final approval of a thesis or a professional paper as specified by the graduate advisory committee.

3. Completion of a comprehensive final oral examination in the field of study.

4. Approval by the graduate advisory committee and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the University.

Culminating Activity:

1. Thesis Plan. The candidate shall submit an acceptable thesis based on original research and developed by the student and agreed to by the student's graduate advisory committee. (a) Thesis proposal: A proposal of the thesis must be submitted and approved by the graduate advisory committee before the student begins the research. The proposal includes a literature review, a statement of the problem and purpose or hypothesis of the research, research design, and methods to be used. The proposal is a formal document that must have appropriate attention given to the matters of format, documentation, and quality of writing. (b) Registration in NFSC 699T, Master's Thesis. (c) Approval of thesis: Members of the graduate advisory committee shall approve the thesis. (d) Oral defense: the candidate's graduate advisory committee shall conduct an oral defense of the thesis. The oral defense is generally limited to matters within the scope of the thesis. 2. Professional Paper Plan. The candidate shall submit an acceptable professional paper based on original research developed by the student and agreed to by the student's graduate advisory committee. (a) Professional paper proposal: A proposal of the professional paper must be submitted and approved by the graduate advisory committee before the student begins the research. The proposal includes a literature review, a statement of the problem and purpose or hypothesis of the research, research design, and methods to be used. The proposal is a formal document that must have appropriate attention given to matters of format, documentation, and quality of writing. (b) Registration in NFSC 697P, Professional Paper. (c) Approval of professional paper: Members of the graduate adisory committee shall approve the professional paper. (d) Oral defense: the candidate's graduate advisory committee shall conduct an oral defense of the professional paper. The oral defense is generally limited to matters within the scope of the paper.

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Nutritional Science majors will demonstrate their writing competence through successful completion of written papers assigned in NFSC 660. For those students not completing NFSC 660 under the Option in General Nutritional Science, a writing portfolio will be evaluated for literacy.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 597/697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 597/697, 696, 699P, 699T and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the University that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory each semester for Nutritional Science majors. Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specific information.