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Cellular and Molecular Nutrition MS Program

Course Requirements

To complete the MS with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Nutrition, students may complete a thesis or project option. The program consists of a minimum of 37 hours with at least 25 hours  in the department. A minimum of two-thirds of the total required hours must be completed at the 500- and 600-level.


Thesis option

A graduate student works closely with a faculty advisor and his or her graduate committee on an original research project. The research project includes developing a proposal, conducting the research project that has been proposed, and documenting the research project by the preparation of a written thesis. The thesis research is generally published in a professional, peer-reviewed, scientific journal. The graduate student also performs an oral defense of the thesis.


Thesis Course Requirements:

NUTR 511 (4 credit hours)
NUTR 512 (3 credit hours)
NUTR 543 (3 credit hours)
NUTR 549 (2 credit hours)
NUTR 621 (3 credit hours)

NUTR 626 (3 credit hours)
STATS (graduate level)
BCMB 440 (3 credit hours)
LFSC 520 (4 credit hours)
NUTR 500 (6 credit hours)


An additional 3 credits of Nutrition or cognate graduate course as identified by faculty advisor and approved by the departmental director of Graduate Studies.


Project option

All students who select the project option will complete a culminating experience project. The culminating experience can include systematic reviews of the literature, research projects or other scholarly endeavors approved by their committee.


Project Course Requirements:

NUTR 511 (4 credit hours)
NUTR 512 (3 credit hours)
NUTR 543 (3 credit hours)
NUTR 548 (3 credit hours)
NUTR 549 (3 credit hours)
NUTR 618 or NUTR 621 (3 credit hours)

NUTR 626 (3 credit hours)
Stats 500+ (3 credit hours)
BCMB 440 (3 credit hours)
LFSC 520 (4 credit hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)


An additional 3 credits of Nutrition or cognate graduate course as identified by faculty advisor and approved by the departmental director of Graduate Studies.