Nutritional Sciences, PhD

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 60 (Beyond the Master's Degree)

Degree Program Requirements
Nutritional Sciences
Required Core Courses18-30
Macronutrients in Human Nutrition
Micronutrients in Human Nutrition
Seminar: Emerging Topics in Nutrition
Select one of the following:
Advanced Grant Writing in Nutritional Sciences
Grant Writing for the Professional
Special Topics in Grantmanship
Grant Seeking
Or equivalent
Suggested courses to complete required core:
Human Sciences
Required Core Courses3
Graduate Seminar in Education and Human Sciences
Research Support Courses
Required Core Courses18-30
Select 3 hours from the following:
Research Approaches and Translation in Nutritional Sciences
Or equivalent
Select 3 hours from the following
Statistics for Experimenters II
Statistics for Biomedical Researchers
Analyses of Variance
Or equivalent
The remaining 12-24 credits of coursework should consist of courses in intermediate and advanced statistics, advanced research methodology and advanced research methods:
Select from Electives to complete coursework (courses from this list used for Nutritional Sciences core electives may not be selected):
Required Core Requirement15-30
Doctoral Dissertation
Total Hours60

Suggested Courses and/or Electives

NSCI 5023Advanced Nutrition in the Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease3
NSCI 5133Advanced Nutrition for Exercise and Sport3
NSCI 5363Maternal and Child Nutrition3
NSCI 5373Childhood Nutrition3
NSCI 5393Nutrition and Aging3
NSCI 5553Global Nutrition and Food Security3
NSCI 5563Nutritional Assessment3
NSCI 5613Nutrition Education and Behavior Change3
NSCI 5643Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
NSCI 5713Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy3
NSCI 5743Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Nutritional Sciences3
NSCI 5870Problems in Nutritional Science1-4
NSCI 6033Phytochemicals3
NSCI 6870Independent Study in Nutritional Sciences1-3
BIOC 4113Molecular Biology3
BIOC 5102Molecular Genetics2
BIOC 5824Biochemical Laboratory Methods4
BIOC 6763Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis3
BIOC 6773Protein Structure and Enzyme Function3
BIOC 6783Biomembranes and Bioenergetics3
BIOL 4215Mammalian Physiology5
BIOL 5283Endocrinology3
CPSY 5173Gerontological Counseling3
CPSY 5473Basic Counseling Skills3
CPSY 5503Multicultural Counseling3
HDFS 5413Aging in Human Development3
HDFS 5423Research Perspectives in Gerontology3
HDFS 5433Theories of Aging3
HHP 5853Clin Ex Test & Prescript3
HHP 5873Human Bioenergetics3
HLTH 5113Psychological Aspects of Health3
HLTH 5323General Epidemiology3
HLTH 5453Cultural Issues In Health3
MGMT 5113Individual and Organizational Behavior3
REMS 5013Research Design and Methodology3
REMS 5963Computer Applications in Nonparametric Data Analyses3
REMS 6013Multiple Regression Analysis in Behavioral Studies3
REMS 6033Factor Analysis in Behavioral Research3
REMS 6373Program Evaluation3
REMS 6663Applied Multivariate Research in Behavioral Studies3
SCFD 5873Culture, Society and Education3
SCFD 5913Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry3
SCFD 6123Qualitative Research I3
SCFD 6193Qualitative Research II3
SOC 5213Techniques of Population Analysis3
SOC 5273Qualitative Research Methods3
SOC 5333Global Population and Social Problems3
STAT 4043Applied Regression Analysis3
STAT 5033Nonparametric Methods3
STAT 5043Sample Survey Designs3
STAT 5053Time Series Analysis3
STAT 5063Statistical Machine Learning with R3
STAT 5073Categorical Data Analysis3
STAT 5091Sas Programming1
STAT 5303Experimental Designs3

Total Hours: 80 (Beyond the Bachelor's Degree)

Students accepted into the 80-credit PhD option will first complete all requirements for the MS degree in Nutritional Sciences (Nutrition, thesis option). Students will earn the MS in Nutritional Sciences upon successful completion of the thesis and the first 30 credits.30
Students will then complete a minimum of 50 credits beyond the MS degree including:50
A minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits of dissertation coursework (NSCI 6000)
Complete a minimum of 20 hours of coursework including at least one graduate course in NSCI that is not listed below. These 20 hours will include:
Seminar: Emerging Topics in Nutrition
Advanced Grant Writing in Nutritional Sciences (or equivalent)
Graduate Seminar in Education and Human Sciences
Three courses to develop an area of specialization
Select one of the following:
Statistics for Experimenters II
Statistics for Biomedical Researchers
Analyses of Variance
Or equivalent
Total Hours80

Graduate College Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Requirements

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