Nutritional Sciences

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Graduate Program

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS), administered through the Graduate College, under the auspices of the Chairs of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FS HN) and Animal Science, will provide the structure for coordinating and enhancing interdisciplinary nutrition research and graduate education. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nutritional Sciences will be offered with three specializations: Animal Nutrition, Human Nutrition, or Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition.

The following undergraduate course work is recommended of all applicants who are applying to the IGPNS, but may be modified depending upon the student's area of emphasis. Recommended course work includes organic chemistry with laboratory, physics, analytical chemistry, a nutrition course that requires biochemistry or organic chemistry as a prerequisite, and a course in biology/physiology or anatomy. Under certain circumstances students can be admitted or provisionally admitted with course work deficiencies. Students with an undergraduate degree will be generally admitted into the M.S. program and upon completion, they can then apply for admission into the Ph.D. program. However, exceptional students with experience can apply directly to the Ph.D. program.

The general requirements of the Nutritional Sciences degree at the MS level, in addition to those of Graduate College, are:

NUTRS 501Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Macronutrients and Micronutrients4
BBMB 404Biochemistry I3
BBMB 405Biochemistry II3
or BBMB 420 Mammalian Biochemistry
STAT 587Statistical Methods for Research Workers4
FS HN 580Orientation to Food Science and Nutrition Research1
or AN S 501 Survey of Animal Disciplines
AN S 603Seminar in Animal Nutrition1
or FS HN 682 Seminar Reflection
FS HN 581Seminar (or AN S equivalent)1
FS HN 681Seminar (or AN S equivalent)1
FS HN 590CSpecial Topics: Teaching1-3
or AN S 590L Special Topics: Teaching
Successful completion and defense of thesis

Students are expected to complete the course work established by the Program of Study (POS) committee based on specialization with a minimum of 30 graduate-level semester credits, not less than 22 of which must be earned at Iowa State University.

The general requirements of the Nutritional Sciences degree at the PhD level, in addition to those of the Graduate College, are:

  • Completion of all requirements of the MS degree in Nutritional Sciences
  • 3 additional credits of graduate-level biochemistry (6 credits total including those for the M.S.), graduate-level statistics (STAT 471 Introduction to Experimental Design), and physiology (if not taken for the M.S.)
  • Additional graduate-level courses in the field of study as deemed appropriate by the POS Committee and specialization, and additional teaching assistant requirements (FS HN 590C Special Topics: Teaching).

Satisfactory completion of a preliminary examination, a written dissertation, seminar presentation of dissertation research, and defense of the dissertation is also required. Overall a minimum of 72 graduate-level semester credits, no less than 36 of which must be earned at Iowa State University